Roslund & Thunberg

Made In Sweden Part I

Release date: May 14, 2014 / Original title: Björndansen
Roslund & Thunberg - Made in Sweden part 1

Made In Sweden Part I

Four people lay waiting silently in a dark forest in suburban Stockholm. For the seventh night in a row they watch a guard circle one of the Swedish military’s secret weapon depots, pointing his flashlight to and fro aimlessly. Leo Djuvnac is the mastermind of the operation about to be set in motion. He has the loyal backing of his younger brothers, Felix and Vincent. Many years earlier, the three Djuvnac boys were brought close together as their family fell apart around them.

Their abusive father and repressed mother left them determined never, ever to become dependent on other people again. Money is the answer. The brothers are joined by their childhood friend and former military serviceman, Jasper, and Leo’s girlfriend Anneli who helps from the sidelines. None of the members of the newly minted gang have previous criminal records when they break into the depot and steal enough weapons to equip a small army. The plan is flawless. The escape is clean. The job is executed perfectly.

Pairing Leo’s meticulous cold-bloodedness and sophisticated planning with the stolen weapons from their initial coup, the group has its mind set on committing a wave of the most well equipped and ruthless armed robberies the nation has ever seen. And, as a grand finale, they plan to use the stolen weapons to blackmail the Swedish government, thereby securing their final payoff and making them financially set for life.

Everything is rehearsed. Second by second. Movement by movement. Leo and his crew are impossible to identify, let alone track down. There will not be a single witness who can rat them out. But Detective Superintendent John Broncks is put on the case and he is as obsessive an investigator as Leo is fixated on executing his heists. Broncks searches the crime scenes for the scent of his prey and soon the hunt is on. Both Broncks and Leo will be driven to their limits before they come hurtling toward each other and an explosive end.

Made in Sweden is based on a true story.

Audio book

“Björndansen / Made in Sweden is a sex hundred pages long page-turner. Afterwards I’m breathing heavy of the achievement and is knocked out by the story … fact is deftly disguised as fiction, making Björndansen / Made in Sweden a shocking portrayal of the evolution of hard crime and its consequences … a remarkable blend of fact and fiction …despite the strong personal presence, Björndansen / Made in Sweden is effectively and concisely narrated.”
Skånska Dagbladet (Sweden)
“…incredibly efficient and easy to read, even in the most disturbing passages, but that should come as no surprise: Thunberg writes film manuscripts, and we already know what Roslund can do … but the most gripping, thrilling aspect for readers is the story of Stefan Thunberg’s family and the bonds among its members.”
Helsingborgs Dagblad (Sweden)
“Björndansen / Made in Sweden is thoroughly exciting from the first line to the last. No matter whether we’re talking about the descriptions of bank heists, getaways, love between brothers, violence in their childhood home or just about the dream that keeps them going, this book is thrilling … seductively well-written … the heists are brilliantly planned, which is also part of why the story is so engaging … but also how it begins to fall apart when the strongest glue of them all – the love between brothers – starts to crumble. When people pull in different directions, when blood is not thicker than water and when a life of crime becomes more frightening than exciting.”
Ystads Allehanda (Sweden)
"The action in Björndansen / Made in Sweden is captivating. This will likely be one of the year’s most successful Swedish crime novels … the brothers’ love for one another and their relationship with their father are some of the most significant aspects of the novel and are just as fascinating as the story of their crimes … Björndansen / Made in Sweden is a massive crime novel, yet it successfully holds us in suspense from the first page to the last.”
LitteraturMagazinet (Sweden)
“An unbelievably exciting and authentic story … One of the year’s best crime stories.”
Östran (Sweden)
"An insider story that beats any action film.”
Aftonbladet (Sweden)
"Zlatan class! Many of the scenes stick with you."
Expressen (Sweden)
“Roslund & Thunberg have written a very clever suspense novel that is also a history of true crimes, a classic story of crime and punishment that is simultaneously a gripping family drama with a genuinely painful element.”
BTJ (Sweden)
“It is captivating to read about the inner workings of a gang of robbers, and Roslund & Thunberg have access to unique material because Stefan Thunberg is the fourth brother of the group of siblings, the brother who didn't become a robber. They have access to the story from the very beginning and can depict the childhood and adolescence of the men who would later become the country's most infamous bank robbers.”
Borås Tidning (Sweden)
“True fans of Roslund & Hellström won’t be disappointed by Roslund & Thunberg’s first collaborative novel.“
Fokus (Sweden)
“Another winner ... Roslund and Thunberg are proving to be a powerful duo, and it is hard to put Björndansen / Made in Sweden down for more than the briefest moment. It is an empathetic story that vividly portrays perpetrators, victims and police.”
Upsala Nya Tidning (Sweden)
“A thrilling novel that becomes something much more than a book you can’t put down … Taking part of this story is like getting to sit at the criminal’s kitchen table, hear the talking and feel the drivers ... The page-turner force is there and you become breathless, the heart beats just of the reading about the robberies.“
Tara (Sweden)
“A gripping upbringing depiction, exciting scenes and a psychological battle between father and son.”
Falu-Kuriren (Sweden)
“Let me say immediately that Björndansen / Made in Sweden is the most intense high-octane Swedish crime novel of the year so far … The book switches all the time on a superb smooth and logical way between past and present … Björndansen / Made in Sweden is more than a traditional suspense novel. It is also a story of exclusion, a fractured family, an unfamiliar Sweden and a kind of honor culture. This is why it is so totally relevant to us in 2014.“
Mariestads-Tidningen (Sweden)
“The Father isn't just exciting—it also gives a sincere picture of a home that is a far cry from that of your average Joe.”
Ölandsbladet (Sweden)
“One of the summer's best thrillers.”
Café (Sweden)
“A flawlessly constructed thriller.“
Femina (Sweden)
“A powerful and riveting reading experience.”
Deckarblogggen (Sweden)
“Björndansen / Made in Sweden is a suspenseful book, especially the portrayal of the studiously planned bank heists … the social game, the relationships within the dysfunctional family is more developed than in the average crime novel … Björndansen / Made in Sweden is a novel where we know already from the beginning how it will all end, but the way there is worth our while.“
Aftonbladet (Sweden)
“The craftsmanship in this novel is first-class. It is both exciting and dramatic in an almost cinematic way, especially in how it portrays the spectacular robberies. But what shines through most strongly is the underlying drama that can simply be described as the dream of having a family that sticks together.”
Gefle Dagblad (Sweden)
"It is dense, well written and exciting – often you gasp for breath. The police are constantly so close and you continue nervously reading when the robber gang approache the abyss.”
Kommunalarbetaren (Sweden)
“I was immediately drawn into the story ... It drives constantly forward, yet not at the expense of the prose... I have a soft spot not only for suspense novels, but also for coming-of-age stories; here, I get both! More than anything, I like how the authors portray the relationships between characters, and these form the foundation of this book.”
Bokbabbel (Sweden)
“It’s extremely well written, thrilling, gripping, gruesome, cheerful, anguished, heartwarming, and ice cold – spectacular in all ways. The Father is a world-class piece of fiction.”
Fredericia Dagblad (Denmark)
“The Father is a delightful book. [The novel] strikes at the heart with its humane story of three brothers’ fate in a family plagued by violence, where the Eastern European father dominates while the mother and three brothers huddle together in a shelter of solidarity and love.” ★★★★★
Fyns Amts Avis (Denmark)
“Totally crazy, totally reckless and totally brilliant: a well researched fictional reality of a book. ... Roslund and Thunberg have written the best crime thriller of the year so far.” ★★★★★★
Nordjyske Stiftstidende (Denmark)
“Roslund and Thunberg write flawlessly, hard-boiled and with a language that reverberates like angry machine-gun salves. Their story is perhaps already known and therefore the ending won’t surprise, but how their juggling of the material and inside knowledge make Made in Sweden a unique reading experience.”
Weekendavisen (Denmark)
“The structure is strictly cinematic: well formed scenes with sharp dialogue and seamless progress, making reading a pleasure. Nurture and nature are also thrown in to the mix with convincing style. Once you’ve started reading, it’s hard to put the book down.” ★★★★
Politiken (Denmark)
“The Father is a technically wonderful novel crafted with breathtaking cleverness.”
Corriere della Sera (Italy)
“[An] action-packed page turner – nothing for the faint of heart.”
Elle (Germany)
“A true masterpiece of suspense, fascination and thrills.”
Cosmopolitan (Germany)
“It’s not easy to surprise fans of crime literature. Still, Swedish authors Anders Roslund and Stefan Thunberg have managed to do just that ... That the story is based on real-life events makes the novel even more thrilling.”
Stern (Germany)
“The very different ways in which children respond to extreme violence - while one copies the behavior, the other focuses obsessively on violent crimes - are portrayed magnificently ... The writing duo aptly plays with time and perspective. Because of the parallel descriptions a minute can last for many pages and the reader will feel involved in a breathless experience ... The Father is a book that will elicit a lot of response, a must-read for every crime lover. Actually, a must for anyone who likes to read.” ★★★★★
Hebban (Netherlands)
“It is amazing how much tension the authors create while merely describing the preparations for the robberies. Even more exciting are the robberies themselves.”
VN Thriller & Detective Guide (Netherlands)
“729 pages seems a lot to read, but this is what I call a real page-turner. It looks like the perfect recipe for the most amazing book. The characters are clearly described – you get to know the guys in an honest and exposed way. Add to this the excitement, the vocabulary and the mood and everything is correct. The result is as obvious as that the book you hold in your hands is made of paper ... Is it exciting? Yep! Is it moving? Yep! Is it realistic? Oh, really! Roslund and Thunberg turns out to be a golden combination ... The story ends in a smooth line through. No hitches, no downs, no meaningless text pieces, none of that. No words too much to put the story Made in Sweden down. There is an express train full of tension, conflicts and great dialogues. A true experience, I can say! Made in Sweden, what an adventure!” ★★★★★
De Perfecte Buren (Netherlands)
“Three brothers and a childhood friend decided to rob banks. Soon, they became the most feared gang of bank robbers in the country. The fourth brother, Stefan Thunberg, waited for twenty years before he could tell the story. Along with the refined crime fiction writer Anders Roslund, he has written, Made in Sweden: a special thriller that keeps the reader in a 836 pages of long grip.” ★★★★★
Thrillerweb (Netherlands)
“This extensive work is stirring for two reasons. The meticulous preparation and execution of the robberies are depicted stunningly and remind one of classical movies like The Italian Job. Secondly, the boys, trained by their atrocious youth, have an instinctive insight in how to use extreme violence unaffectedly to make people defenseless, which is quite oppressive ... The anti-heroes in The Father are experts in what they do, not because of their professionalism, but because they personally experienced how insecurity works and how it can be applied in everyday life. This successful thriller is about family and the boys' desperate wondering if they could've protected themselves and their mother better in the past. Sometimes these ponderings are as agonizing as the endless shower of bullets coming out of their weapons.”
NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands)
“An incredible crime novel ... An exciting, well written story... The Father is Stefan Thunberg's life story.”
Brabants Dagblad (Netherlands)
“An astonishing story ... A book that seems infallible: the combination of a successful screenwriter and an internationally acclaimed writer of incredibly suspenseful thrillers, and a sticker with 'based on a true story' on the cover ... It seems like nothing can go wrong with The Father. Bring on the cartloads of stars, the stellar reviews and the millions of readers ... A cut above the loads of Scandinavian thrillers that hit the bookshops each month. An unbelievable story, told with patience and precision, and a true one at that.”
de Volkskrant (Netherlands)
“What makes this book irresistible and overwhelming is how the tension builds up brilliantly. I found myself having to breathe a sigh of relief when a bank robbery went smoothly… Made in Sweden is a book that begins as an exciting action-thriller about four bank robbers but results in a fascinating psychological thriller about family ties, childhood traumas and loyalty. The cooperation between Anders Roslund and Stefan Thunberg has led to brilliant results. I think they should start on their next book immediately!”
Leestafel (Netherlands)
“The author's point of view in The Father is remarkable: a man describes how his three brothers (and his father) were able to completely steal away the Swedish innocence, all by themselves ... You know it won't end well, and yet it remains exciting. Never before have I read a book that so succesfully explains how people can end up as criminals.”
Het Nieuwsblad (Netherlands)
“Der Vater / Made in Sweden provides an intriguing insight in the criminal life.”
De Telegraaf (Netherlands)
“A deep, clean cut into the body of fathers, sons, loyalty and family.”
Sainsburys Magazine (UK)
“Builds to a breathless climax”
The Sun (UK)
“The emotional central of the story is truly compelling ... the sweep and scope are epic.”
The Herald (UK)
“A powerful real-life story”
The Guardian (UK)
“An extraordinary book that works on every level for which it aims, as a fast-paced thriller, as a psychological portrait of the brilliant and charismatic older brother becoming the father he loathed, and as an exploration of the damage violence wreaks on victims even when they are not physically harmed.”
Maclean’s (Canada)
“An exciting, yet tear-jerking thriller ... As the reader watches these young lads turn into the “Most Wanted” the action races, along with the crushing emotions of lives turned bad by a hideous parent.”
Suspense Magazine (US)
“[Roslund & Thunberg] pens a compelling narrative with themes of loyalty, obligation, revenge, and independence, paced as tightly and methodically as military tactical maneuvers ... For fans of Henning Mankell and Scandinavian thrillers in general, The Father / Made in Sweden is an excellent addition to the genre ... After such a suspenseful thriller from Svensson, a sequel will be anticipated greatly. ” ★★★★★
Foreword (US)
“The Father /Made in Sweden is a heck of a story, skillfully written and — with the wondrous translating abilities of Elizabeth Clark Wessel — darkly told, perfect for sociologists and criminologists, and virtually anyone who has ever cracked open a crime fiction novel and been spellbound. Prepare to have it happen again.”
The Book Reporter (US)
“[The Father] is a gripping, complete story.”
Star Tribune (US)
“Riveting ... Recommended for all fans of noir and Nordic crime fiction.”
Booklist (US)
“Screenwriter Stefan Thunberg and investigative journalist Anders Roslund heartbreakingly blurs the line between criminal and victim in this stunning first of a two-novel series based on a sensational string of bank robberies in 1990s Sweden.”
Publishers Weekly *Starred Review* (US)
“In Made in Sweden get different perspectives in the crime novel a human side. That makes a unique thriller that lovingly keeps you in a more than seven hundred pages long grip.”
Cutting Edge (Belgium)
“Is it possible that a book this thick also can be exciting and fascinating? Yes, absolutely! From the first page to the last. This book is so wonderful and so well written that you will lose yourself in it until it takes your breath away ... This book is really true feast, and it begins at once just by start reading and you’ll be glad if you’ve only read the first 100 pages because then you still have 600 left ... A book that makes you forget everything else around you and it is therefore not surprising that Hollywood is soon approaching and that the film rights have been sold to DreamWorks’ Steven Spielberg. I look forward to it – and to the next book by this phenomenal duo!”
Thrillerlovers (Netherlands)
“With the rapid pace that characterizes crime fiction novels, the authors has constructed a story well above expectations ... Nosotros contra el mundo / Made in Sweden is a novel based on reality but also an exciting story about family, brotherhood, guilt, the relationship between a father and his children, the sense of belonging and about loyalty.”
Culturamas (Spain)
“In this (The Father / Made in Sweden audiobook) compelling retelling of that family saga, Ivan Duvnjac is the terrible father who teaches his sons Leo, Felix and Vincent to make Molotov cocktails. Richard Coyle’s unhurried Nordic-tinged narration is punctuated by moments of sudden violence. Very enjoyable.” ★★★★
South China Morning Post (China)
“‘Made in Sweden’ by Roslund & Thunberg – 650 thrilling and engaging pages … This thriller, inspired by real events, tells the violent journey of three brothers in the 90s. They broke the century by stealing weapons in a secret military base."
L’Indépendant (France)
"It is a hell of a story – on six hundred and fifty pages. Made in Sweden is at the maximum magnitude on the Richter scale. Made in Sweden is the historic knockout by Mohamed Ali against George Foreman in Kinshasa. Ecstatic.”
Le Journal du Dimanche (France)
“Smart movements and breathtaking actions … Get ready! This book will take you to a whole new world.”
Onedio (Turkey)
"Oh my goodness, what a book! I couldn’t put it away in the evening, I had to go to the end of the story … It’s an understatement to say that the novel is fascinating and well-constructed. The characters are fantastic (oh, that Leo …) and it’s breathtaking when the robbers are described … A lively, scaring, violent crime novel. The first pages was very shaking and rough, but is was impossible to stop reading. It was to good … I am waiting for the sequel!
Lecture Ecriture (France)
“It’s impossible to stop reading once you have started and we can not wait for the second part which will tell us about the Dûvnjac family twenty years later."
on la lu (France)
"Der Vater / Made in Sweden is more than an exciting crime novel!"
Thüringer Allgemeine (Germany)
“This is not an ordinary crime, but a gripping insider story.”
Nordis (Germany)
"The result is engrossing."
The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Sweden | Piratförlaget | Björndansen
Arab World | Arab Scientific (under translation)
Bosnia | Sahinpasic (under translation)
Brazil | DarkSide (under translation)
Croatia| Znanje | Medvjeđi ples
Czech Republic | Euromedia | Made in Sweden
Denmark | Modtryk | Bjørnedansen
Estonia | Pegasus | Karutants
Finland | WSOY (under translation)
France | Actes Sud (under translation)
Germany | Goldmann | Der Vater
Greece | Klidarithmos | Ο Χορός της Αρκούδας
Hungary | Alexandra (under translation)
Iceland | Bjartur | Dansað við björninn
Israel | Sela (under translation)
Italy | Mondadori | Made in Sweden
Japan | Hayakawa | 熊と踊れ
Korea | Sigongsa | 더 파더
Korea | Woongjin Thinkbig (under translation)
Lithuania | Baltos Lankos (under translation)
Macedonia | TRI (under translation)
Montenegro | Sahinpasic (under translation)
Netherlands | De Geus | Made in Sweden
Poland | Sonia Draga| Rodzinny interes
Portugal | Planeta | O Pai
Romania | Trei | Made in Sweden
Russia | Corpus (under translation)
Serbia | Evro-Giunti | Ples Sa Mevedom
Slovakia | Ikar | Made in Sweden
Slovenia | Učila | Medvjedi ples
Spain | Suma | Nosotros Contra el Mundo
Turkey | Dogan Egmont | İsveç Çetesi
Ukraine | Family Leisure Club | Брати
UK | Sphere | The Father
U.S. | Quercus (under translation)
Vietnam | Nha Nam (under translation)