The Harry Kvist Series

Holmén, Martin
Swedish title
Fiction \ Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date
Sep 22, 2015
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    'If Chandler and Hammett had truly walked on the wild side, it would read like CLINCH.'

    - Val McDermid

    'Martin Holmén's debut novel is a real tour de force. His taut dialogue is reminiscent of early Hemingway and CLINCH is a fascinating race through 1930s Stockholm. Harry Kvist is a highly original central character, who manages to maintain his morality while his life fragments.'

    -Kate Rhodes

    'Atmospheric Scandi retro...Chandleresque to its core.'

    - Sunday Times Crime Club

    'CLINCH is a dark, atmospheric, powerful thriller, the best debut novel I've read in years.'

    - Lynda La Plante

    'If you're looking for a new addiction, try [Clinch]'s a tough thriller that packs a punch.'

    -Sunday Star

    'It's a beautifully evoked world...There are shades of noir in this novel so unexpected that even after reading CLINCH, this reader is still mildly stunned and absolutely thankful for the opportunity.'


    'The author creates a quite dark, exciting universe. He portrays his characters brilliantly, and the plot offers a wonderful journey into Stockholm in the thirties. CLINCH is a favorite. Let yourself be tempted by this intense black thriller.'

    -New Kids on the Geek (France)


CLINCH has been shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown of 2017

Stockholm, the 1930s. Former boxer Harry Kvist makes a living chasing bad debts and looking for runaway girls, and has a penchant for sex with both men and women.

When Kvist is wrongly accused of murder, he is forced to navigate the shanty-towns, speakeasies, brothels and contraband stores of Stockholm’s underworld, in a desperate search for the only person who can save him.

Torn between his broken past and his desire to survive, between his pride and his misery, Kvist risks his life in a violent quest for justice. Gritty, stylish Scandinavian noir from one of Sweden’s hottest emerging authors.