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Tekla 1 – Går genom vatten, går genom eld /Pass Through the Water, Walk Through the Fire

Tekla Berg works as an emergency physician at the Nobel Hospital in Stockholm. With her unorthodox and intuitive approach she copes well under pressure. She also makes bold decisions that may potentially jeopardize her career as well as the lives and health of the patients. What most of her colleagues don’t know is that Tekla has an uncanny sense for details – an intense photographic memory that is both a blessing and a curse. She desperately tries to control it through self-medicating with amphetamine. But work is not the only thing on Tekla’s mind. Her beloved brother Simon has mysteriously vanished, and her thoughts keep returning to her troubled childhood. A massive explosion rips through an apartment building, causing a large fire, and puts the city on emergency alert. Everything points towards a potential terrorist attack with many casualties. Tekla is one of the first to arrive at the scene where she rescues a man with severe burns to his face and body. It is suspected that he may be among the terrorists, but there is also something eerily familiar about him, something that evokes her most private memories. The fire causes a domino effect that will soon involve both the board at the hospital, the police as well as criminal elements. Not least the powerful patriarch Victor Umarov whose family empire is threatened by the events set in motion.


Sold to: Czech Republic: Albatros, Estonia: Helios, Finland: Tammi, Germany: Btb/Random House, Iceland: Forlagid, Netherlands: Luitingh-Sijthoff, Poland: Wielka Litera, UK: Maclehose Press (World English Rights)

Har jag en dålig dag kanske någon dör /If I Have a Bad Day Someone Might Die

“Sylvestre was only nineteen years old when he died in my arms and my error caused his death.”

Fresh out of medical school, Christian Unge longed to see the world and to make a difference. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) became his means and his first mission was Burundi, a country severely affected by the recent civil war. A simple hospital with very little resources, equipment or experienced senior staff, which made a deep impact on him – both personally and professionally. The experience of serving abroad under extreme circumstances remains with him to this day.  In his book, Christian Unge open-heartedly describes mistakes he has made with patients during his service in Africa and in Sweden. He discusses lack of knowledge and in-service training, poor mentorships, stress, lack of communication and difficult ethical decisions – all as reasons why errors may occur in hospitals. Unge delves into the hardships of slum areas of the world and the violence of traumatology, as well as systematic problems within major university hospitals.  But above all, he turns his gaze upon himself and scrutinizes faults he’s made, in an exposing and very humble way. He allows the readers to feel what it’s like to be a doctor, and how heavy the burden of responsibility can weigh. Anyone can make a simple mistake while under pressure, but if we don’t share our experiences how can we ever learn from them and prevent them from happening again?


Sold to: Poland: Wielka Litera


THE SWEDISH SURGEON Martin Roeykens meets the anthropologist Nadine Zaoui when he is working for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the north of Kenya. He has recently left his work and family in Stockholm and immediately gets attracted to Nadine. The French/Algerian Nadine is conducting her studies in the Turkana Region. On one of her research trips to the Lake Turkana she gets kidnapped. Nadine’s sudden disappearance have a big impact on Martin who gets obsessed with finding her. As he gets more and more involved with a woman he hardly knows and ends up risking his life for well hidden secrets.

First freestanding title in the series of the Swedish surgeon Martin Roeykens.

Over 26 000 copies sold of Turkanarapporten (The Turkana Files), by the author himself.

“If you like reading books with quick turns, a lot of action and well-written characters Turkanarapporten (The Turkana Files) is a book for you!”



IF HE WOULDN’T have taken that walk, he would have been dead, as many of the others in the house that night. The happiness of surviving is replaced by guilt when Martin realizes his own role in the tragedy. One of Martin’s patients tells him a story from the past, including Martins grandfather and his time in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But before he has finished the story he dies under strange circumstances. Eager to find out about his family’s dark past Martin travels to Belgium. Which role did Martin’s grandfather play back in Congo 1964 and will Martin be able to find out before it is too late?

Second freestanding title in the series of the Swedish surgeon Martin Roeykens.

“Kongospår (Echoes of the Congo) is a story where no one sleeps and it’s full of interesting surprises, it’s fascinating and hard to stop reading.”

-Tidningen Kulturen

Saharasyndromet högupplöst


FIVE VOLUNTEERS FOR Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are kidnapped by a unknown terrorist group at an ebola center in Sierra Leone. During an attack by the Algerian military the terrorist leader gets fatally injured. At the same time surgeon Martin Roeykens sickens rapidly with high fever when he is travelling on the road. His young colleague, Mette Gobanski, is desperately trying to keep Martin alive when she faces an ultimatum from the terrorists: Save their leader or get killed. Mette realizes that her nightmare has just begun and when they are taken to a school in Algeria she witnesses that they are using children as human shields. In Stockholm Martin’s daughter Bella is trying to convince the Swedish Security Police (SÄPO) to let her on a plane to Algeria.

Third freestanding title in the series of the Swedish surgeon Martin Roeykens.