Anders Roslund

Three Days / Knock Knock

Release date: July 19 2019 / Original title: Jamåhonleva

Three Days / Knock Knock

Five red candles on a cake. Anticipation. How was Zana to know that this day would change so many people’s lives? All she wanted was to sing “Happy Birthday.”

When Ewert Grens enters the Stockholm apartment, the scent of spoiled food and something far worse hits his nose. What he sees will stay with him for years to come. Almost two decades have passed when he finds himself back at the apartment again. Someone has returned, and is looking for Zana. It will be a race against time to find her before they do.

Anders Roslund’s bone-chilling Jamåhonleva (Knock Knock/Three Days) is a tale of revenge and treachery, and sees the iconic duo Grens and Hoffman reunite as the world trembles during three explosive days.


“An intensive and hard-hitting crime novel.”
Le Journal de Québec (Canada)
"Brilliantly narrated about two people who trust no one are forced to trust each other."
l-express (Canada)
“Strong, addictive, dark … fans of Scandinavian black noir will not be disappointed … breathtaking with a great plot … Anders Roslund is a master of crime novels … Puk Puk (Three Days) is a Scandinavian thriller full of twists and secrets … The plot is captivating and keeps you in suspense until the very end, and the end will not disappoint you .. hard to put down. It is an intelligent, brutal thriller with a theme of betrayal and revenge … I recommend!”
Dziennik Zachodni (Poland)
“Extremely well structured, realistic and clear-eyed from first page to last."
Lubimyczytać (Poland)
“The particularly successful thriller, Qui est là (Knock Knock) ? will leave your nerves on edge … The story is based on an extraordinary art of cutting and staging … Anders Roslund is an exceptional master in keeping the reader in such a grip of suspense that it is (almost) not allowed.”
Le Devoir (Canada)
"Anders Roslund does a great job of establishing the characters enough for those, like me, who haven’t read any earlier books, but without overloading the book with backstory that could turn off regular readers … I’ll admit it. I’m intrigued. Think i’m going to have to go back and see how many of the earlier books I can find. This book has definitely whet my appetite."
Jen Med's Book Reviews (UK)
"Anders Roslund never loses the sight of brilliant storytelling, detailed characterisation and logical systematic construction in his writing while he continues to be a well-informed journalist ... in this excellent piece of fiction anything could be possible. And is. Novel’s narration is flawless ... Knock Knock,  one of the best books I’ve read this year."
Nordic Lighthouse (UK)
“Not for the lily-livered … Detective Superintendent Ewert Grens worked on the original case and faces a heart-pounding race against time.”
The Herald (UK)
"It was spectacular, highly taut, captivating, gritty, action-packed and downright entertaining ... I will be going back to read the rest of this series as this novel was spellbinding ... This completely gripped me from the first couple of pages and I just had to keep reading. The plot was fantastic and the twists and turns were out there. As the book progresses you see how the two separate threads become intertwined seamlessly ... The pace picks up and then I stayed up to 5 am reading this beauty as I HAD to know what happened ... This is definitely not going to be the last of Anders’ books that I read as this is an easy 5⭐️ from me!
Books by Bindu (UK)
"A perfect example of Scandi noir."
The Times / The Sunday Times (UK)
“A fast paced action thriller which switches between the two principal characters as they face a race against time … There are some extremely well developed secondary characters that bring a fullness to the story … The paragraphs are short and sharp compelling you to continue to follow the gripping tale … There is a startlingly and very clever revelation which the reader sees before the key protagonists which leads to a dramatic and emotional climax … If like me this is a new name for you, Knock Knock will be a memorable introduction, particularly if you enjoy novels from the likes of Jo Nesbo, Samuel Björk and Sebastian Fitzek. Whether you are a long term reader of his previous writing duos or reading Anders Roslund for the first time you will admire the intelligent plotting, ongoing tension and edginess he has created with Knock Knock.”
Fiction From Afar (UK)
“There are some big, big surprises .. Punchy prose and lovely plot twists.”
Radio Cape Talk (South Africa)
“Set over three action-packed days, it’s another complex, white-knuckle read.”
The Guardian (UK)
"This is the first book I’ve read by Anders Roslund and I would have no hesitation in reading another! I love Swedish crime fiction and this one is up there with the very best. It has one of the most shocking and heartbreaking openings that I have ever read in a crime thriller and that powerful start continued throughout this hard hitting and gripping novel. This is an intelligently crafted thriller ... The twists and turns came thick and fast as the very dark side of the criminal investigation slowly unravelled in this adrenaline fuelled thriller. I felt completely on edge throughout and the images inspired by the author really did give me nightmares especially those horrific first few pages. This is a book that will grab you and not let you go until the final page. I found it to be one I couldn’t put down until I had all the answers and when they came, they were well worth the wait. Knock Knock is a sharply observed, penetrating read that surprised and shocked me with its intensity. If you’re a fan of Jo Nesbo make sure you give Anders Roslund a read-you won’t regret it!"
My Chestnut Reading Tree Book Blog (UK)
"This is a fast-paced action thriller with a high body-count, characters under constant threat of death and a story where you never know what’s coming next or who you can put your trust in ... A pacy thriller which felt edgy, tense and exciting ... It made not a jot of difference to my enjoyment that I didn’t know about the first eight books –this is a story anyone could enjoy and you should absolutely give it a blast if you like the books of Simon Kernick, Neil Lancaster or Jo Nesbo ... Knock Knock by Anders Roslund is a dark race against time story of organised crime, betrayals and sports a high body count. It's one to watch for."
Grab This Book (UK)
"A heart-pounding thriller … Roslund’s serpentine plot and visceral character development brings each cliffhanging chapter to a staggering revelation on how tasty a dish of cold, karmic revenge can be. From the first Knock Knock on the door of a murder scene to discovering the killers behind it, this novel is a breathless, suspenseful read.”
Shelf Awareness (US)
Να ζήσεις κορίτσι (Three Days) is a stunning mix of a Scandinavian crime novel with elements of a psychological thriller and a plot that moves strongly forward among political games and the mafia … You will be captivated by the rich plot with a cinematic rhythm that constantly changes course, the realistic situations and upheavals playing with your mind, sharp twists, the explosive action, the great dialogues, the political expediencies and the emotionally harsh scenes … A good crime novel needs heroes who are carefully and precisely thought out to keep the common thread from beginning to end. Anders Roslund makes it, and in a way making me green with envy … The book highlights a number of social issues, both political and psychological, which gives the plot depth and meaning … Top moment: Undoubtedly the subversive and strong finale.
Athens Voice (Greece)
“A high concept thriller that tells the electrifying story of a police inspector and a former criminal informant in a race against time as they attempt to unravel past and present secrets.”
The Nerd Daily (US)
"Roslund’s fourth has punchy prose and plot twists that readers expecting another brooding Scandinavian noir won’t see coming.”
Kirkus Reviews (US)
“If you thrill to the chills of Scandinavian noir, chances are you’ve read something by Anders Roslund … Roslund has two strong prose styles – dark and darker – and both are on show in [Knock Knock].”
New York Times Book Review (US)
“Grens is an immensely compelling character whose sharp intuition and dedication to justice are reminiscent of Harry Bosch. This tense, sophisticated procedural can stand alone, but readers will find themselves drawn to Grens’ seven earlier investigations.”
Booklist *Starred Review* (US)
“Roslund cleverly interlaces two disparate storylines, and readers will marvel at just how much action can take place in a period spanning only three days. Knock Knock has handily reaffirmed all my Scandi-noir gushing.”
BookPage (US)
“This terrific mash-up of police procedural and crime thriller has strongly imagined characters, explosive action, and a twisty plot with an unexpected conclusion. It’s a must for Scandinavian noir fans.”
Publishers Weekly *Starred Review* (US)
“This crime novel starts out exciting and continues just as exciting with a lot of surprising twists and turns until the brilliant end … The skilful language keeps the reader in a breathtaking iron grip. A Swedish page- turner you can’t miss!
Bürgerportal GL (Germany
“Roslund knows how to create a raw, honest world like no other … You can feel the tension of Drie Dagen (Three Days/Knock Knock) glowing directly from the page … Roslund describes the characters in a good way and just as they are. As a reader you can really feel the same pressure as the both gentlemen (Grens and Hoffman) feel when they are fighting against the clock. Dramatic decisions need to be made within a short period of time. Drie Dagen is fantastic reading. You are drawn into the story and can’t wait for the payoff … Roslund knows how to put all together without feeling messy … The only bad thing about Drie Dagen is that it ends and you have to wait for the next adventure.”
ThrillZone (Netherlands)
“Roslund knows how to write a breathtaking and terrific story, this one placing itself in between “Nordic Noir” and political thriller. It also succeeds in presenting fascinating character portraits, in particular that of the harsh police officer, who has decided to spend the rest of his time in Swedish family idyll, and of the lonely investigator who lost his beloved many years back and now dreadfully awaits retirement in half a year, which will claim his whole identity away from him. Hun skal leve / Knock Knock / Three Days is one of the best crime novels this reviewer has read in a very long time.”
★★★★★★ Jyllands-Posten (Denmark)
“An elegantly designed crime novel … Hun skal leve / Knock Knock / Three Days contains everything that a crime novel lover could wish for including American hard-boiled action and the sensibility of a Nordic nuclear family … Anders Roslund gives us a proper round of darkness.”
Politiken (Denmark)
"This standalone to the Ewert Grens series with Piet Hoffman and his family as main characters, is even better than the first one ... It's a really exciting story that is closely related to one of Ewert Grens' old cases ... Once again, Roslund proves that he is the master of mixing a magnificent crime novel with an exciting story line - a book at a high international level and a "must read" for all crime readers."
Krimifan (Denmark)
“One of this year’s very best crime novels, that will keep even the most well-read and quality-conscious crime readers in a breathtaking iron grip from beginning to end … Brilliant crime fiction in every aspect. Content, form, language, composition, tempo and psychology; all working together to such a degree that as a reader one is thoroughly on edge all the way through, in such a way that one could even find oneself tempted to re-read this delightfully substantial crime novel in order to dwell on the details that are fully understood only at the end … Anders Roslund is getting better and better, and he belongs since a long time ago to the Swedish Super League alongside Arne Dahl and Stieg Larsson … Intelligent and accomplished crime, that one can almost not recommend enough.”
Dansk Bibliotekscenter (Denmark)
“There are novels where you have to read many pages before you’re truly caught by the story. And then there are those that catch your attention from the first page to such a degree that you want to read it all before you put it down. Swedish Anders Roslund’s crime novel Knock Knock/Three Days is an example of the latter ... Knock Knock/Three Days is an exciting piece of crime fiction with realistic character portraits and a great plot. It’s hard to find anything that doesn’t work with it – that it’s well-written is yet another plus. But then again, Anders Roslund is an experienced author.”
★★★★★ Kristeligt Dagblad (Denmark)
"As usual, the entertainment is total with an insanely exciting story that is extremely hard to put down. Roslund has never been better ... Roslund’s immense strength lies in his solid research and vast knowledge of organized crime, but at the same time he is also a master of intricate plots, in which the tension rises to another level towards the end – and finally, his two main characters in particular are extremely well-written. Anders Roslund is one of the giants in Swedish crime fiction ... It is a truly outstanding and read-worthy thriller, and Roslund has probably never been better. The plot about gunrunning and arms trade is painfully relevant with that many gang shootings you constantly hear about. The mix of facts and fiction works optimally, and the plot, with its swift transitions between the main characters, adds to the building of the tension.”
Litteratursiden (Denmark)
“I’m deeply fascinated by Roslund’s ability to capture me in a crime universe I’ve no desire to leave again. Impressive crime craftsmanship. It’s the goddamn best reading experience of the year.
Vildmedkrimi (Denmark)
"Jamåhonleva/Knock Knock/Three Days is […] a breathtakingly thrilling, heartbreaking story of unscrupulous arms trading, shootings, and all their underlying causes. And above all, what an upbringing in close connection with violence and guns can do to a child’s perspective ... This definitely is one of this year’s best and also most tragic crime fiction reads.”
Skånska Dagbladet (Sweden)
"An edge of your seat thriller about revenge and treachery during three fateful days.”
Vi Läser (Sweden)
“Soon you are immersed in an intro so frightening you will have a hard time forgetting its imagery … Roslund’s crime novel is of the sweaty, action-packed kind, and you read it with a pounding pulse and constant sense of unease. At the same time, it is a gripping and smart plot to consume and ponder.”
Göteborgs-Posten (Sweden)
"That we stand before a new page-turner, told with an economic and vigorous language, is evident ... Clever, thought-provoking and incredibly well-written. All to the tunes of a soundtrack of which we just want more.”
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)
“Anders Roslund […] deservedly belongs among the bestsellers and his novels always live up to a high standard. [He is an] ambitious wordsmith who is able to carve out an escalating tension that builds throughout ... [Jamåhonleva/Three Days/Knock Knock] is among the best this year and rather impossible to put down.”
Upsala Nya Tidning (Sweden)
"Jamåhonleva/Three Days/ Knock Knock is as skillfully told and exciting as [Roslund & Hellström's] previous novels. The character description is excellent, and the reader empathizes with both the main character as well as the side characters. The description of the setting is well-executed. All in all, this is a great thriller about organized crime and revenge, but also about trust and loyalty.”
BTJ (Sweden)
“Anders Roslund knows how to build a plot about what humans are willing to do in order to devastate the lives of others or to prevent evil from triumphing over life. [Jamåhonleva/Three Days/Knock Knock] is a novel to be read when you feel safe in your own little space, since it is such a ferocious and powerful cocktail of hidden cruelties [and] false hope, that anything else would be madness.”
Ölandsbladet (Sweden)
“Anders Roslund is without a doubt a heavyweight within Swedish crime fiction … Jamåhonleva/Three Days/Knock Knock is a great crime novel, in which criminal detective Ewert Grens and infiltrator Piet Hoffman are once again shining … What an intro! Darker than Ellroy. It should not be possible … And the final – a grande, grande finale!”
Borås Tidning (Sweden)
"Jamåhonleva, the new crime novel about Piet Hoffman and the grumpy Ewert Grens, is impossible to put down. I don’t know how Anders Roslund succeeds in pulling days, hours, minutes and seconds together in to a thrilling denouement.”
Expressen, Mats Olsson (Sweden)

Jamåhonleva |  Sweden |  Albert Bonniers
Arab World (under translation) | Al Arabi
3 дни | Bulgaria | Ciela
Sretan rođendan ti | Croatia | Znanje
Czech Republic (under translation) | Euromedia
Hun skal leve | Denmark | Modtryk
Õnnesoovimesul | Estonia | Eesti Raamat
Sä kasvoit neito kaunoinen | Finland | WSOY
France (under translation) | Fayard
Geburtstagskind | Germany | Ullstein
Να ζήσεις κορίτσι | Greece | Livanis
Kopp-Kopp | Hungary | 21. Század
Hún á afmæli í dag | Iceland | Ugla
Israel (under translation) | Sela
Italy (under translation) | Einaudi
三日間の隔絶 |  Japan | Hayakawa
Latvia (under translation) | Zvaigzne ABC
Ilgiausių metų | Lithuania | LWU Publishers
Macedonia (under translation) | Antolog
Drie Dagen | Netherlands | De Geus
Norway (under translation) | Cappelen Damm
Puk puk | Poland | Albatros
A Aniversariante | Portugal | Porto
Trei Zile | Romania | Litera
Russia (under translation) | Eksmo
72 Sata | Serbia | Laguna
Slovenia (under translation) | Mladinska
UK (under translation) | Harvill Secker
US (under translation) | Putnam

Hun skal leve, Denmark Hun skal leve, Denmark
Jamåhonleva, Sweden Jamåhonleva, Sweden
Drie Dagen, Netherlands Drie Dagen, Netherlands
Geburtstagskind, Germany Geburtstagskind, Germany
Kopp-Kopp, Hungary Kopp-Kopp, Hungary
A Aniversariante, Portugal A Aniversariante, Portugal
Να ζήσεις κορίτσι , Greece Να ζήσεις κορίτσι , Greece
Trei Zile, Romania Trei Zile, Romania
72 sata, Serbia 72 sata, Serbia
Ilgiausių metų, Lithuania Ilgiausių metų, Lithuania
Sä kasvoit neito kaunoinen, Finland Sä kasvoit neito kaunoinen, Finland
õnnesoovimesul, Estonia õnnesoovimesul, Estonia
Sretan rođendan ti, Croatia Sretan rođendan ti, Croatia
3 дни, Bulgaria 3 дни, Bulgaria
Knock Knock paperback, US Knock Knock paperback, US
三日間の隔絶 上, Japan 三日間の隔絶 上, Japan
三日間の隔絶 下, Japan 三日間の隔絶 下, Japan
Hún á afmæli í dag , Iceland Hún á afmæli í dag , Iceland
Puk puk, Poland Puk puk, Poland