A few mentions we appreciate


Publishers Weekly: Review here
Bookreporter: Notable title
Criminal Element: Short excerpt
Book Riot: Recommendation

The Vanished in the New York Times

Sept. 16, 2016

The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction

Thought Swedish detectives were depressive, did you? Meet Konrad Simonsen, head of homicide for the Copenhagen police and the seriously melancholy moral compass of a solid series by the Danish sister and brother Lotte and Soren Hammer. After being sidelined by a heart attack, Simonsen returns in THE VANISHED (Bloomsbury, $28) with orders to take it easy. But once he has admired his redecorated office (with a couch added for frequent naps) and thanked his mates for the “lovely flowers,” Simonsen plunges right back into work, imposing order on the chaotic scene of a schoolyard shooting, detecting something suspicious about the accidental death of a postman and determining the fate of an English girl who vanished in 1969. The authors’ intimate style, translated by Martin Aitken, yields character studies of emotional depth and intensity. An obese boy who drags himself to school with a submachine gun under his jacket has a brief, pathetic life in these pages, as does a teenager who survives only in poster-size photographs. Joining their pitiable ranks is Simonsen himself as a young cop (“pig, rozzer, plod, fascist, scum, bastard”) back in the 1960s, a “soldier in a war I didn’t understand,” alienated from his entire generation.

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The Vanished in the Publishers Weekly

September, 2016

At the start of the Hammers’ entertaining if meandering third Konrad Simonsen thriller (after 2015’s The Girl from the Ice), a 16-year-old boy takes a submachine gun to his Copenhagen school and opens fire. This horrible crime is but the preamble to a low-profile case, the death of middle-aged postal worker Jørgen Kramer Nielsen, to which Simonson, a detective superintendent, is assigned. Did Nielsen fall to his death down a flight of stairs—or was he pushed? This routine inquiry slowly grows into something more serious as Simonsen and his team members painstakingly connect Nielsen and a group of the dead man’s high school friends to the fate of a British woman missing for decades. Glimpses into Simonsen’s first years on the force during the late 1960s and early 1970s lend interest, but readers should be prepared for an excess of details and asides along the way to the satisfying ending. The Hammers are a sister-brother writing team. Agent: Sofie Voller, Gyldendal (Denmark). (Sept.)

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The Girl in the Ice features in The Sunday Times

Issue 9. February 25, 2016

Author and journalist Barry Forshaw picks his favourite Scandi crime-writing duos:

Lotte and Soren Hammer
The brother and sister are enjoying much acclaim in their native Denmark, yet to be replicated in the UK for their Konrad Simonsen series of superior detective novels. In the latest, the ice melts in a remote area of Greenland to reveal the body of a girl.

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Reviews of The Girl in the Ice

November 2015

The second book in the series about Konrad Simonsen - The Girl in the Ice - has been published, and have received many great reviews.

Review from The Wallstreet Journal can be read here:

Review from the can be read here:

Videointerview with Book Zone

December 2013

After "The hanging" has been published in both England and the United States, there has been great attention towards it, and it has received great reviews. This is a videointerview with the british Book Zone.

A new Hammer House of Horror, but this time from Halsnæs

June 2014

A great article written in The Copenhagen Post's culture section.

If you would like to read the article, you can do so here.