Down for the Count

Holmén, Martin
Swedish title
Nere för räkning
Pub Date
Sep 13, 2016
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    'It's Sin City meets Raymond Chandler in this atmospheric and compulsive series - we're already loooking forward to the closing novel, SLUGGER.'

    - Attitude Magazine (UK)

    'A brilliant new talent.'

    -Sunday Times Crime Club (UK)

    'Well-crafted noir that doesn't pull its punches, hitting you in the guts with stark surprises and with a setting, 1930s Sweden, which is quite far in time yet disturbingly familiar.'

    - Thriller Books Journal (UK)

    'If you like excellent detective novels, Martin Holmén writes them. In short, Harry Kvist takes the reader into a viscious, violent, dirty, thrilling, sound, addictive thriller.'

    -New Kids on the Geek (France)

    'A multifaceted fresh take on noir.'

    -Corren (Sweden)

    'As powerful as a right hook...Holmén writes an effective, thick-skinned prose.'

    -Aftonbladet (Sweden)


Ex-boxer Harry Kvist is barely out from his 18 month long haul the Långholmen prison before an old promise forces him to return to the underbelly of 1930’s Stockholm society. His friend Beda is dead, but was she really murdered by her own son?

In a race against the clock, Kvisten and Beda’s daughter Elin hunt for clues that will help them uncover the truth. Their investigation will take them through a rainy Stockholm and eventually leads them so high up the ladder and into the highest pinnacle of society that it boggles the mind. Now it's kill or be killed.

DOWN FOR THE COUNT is the second, stand-alone instalment of the Harry Kvist-series. The series began with CLINCH (2015) and will end with SLUGGER, due out from Albert Bonniers Förlag in 2017.