Head of Zeus announced today that they will be the UK publishers of the much-talked about anthology of Swedish crime stories, A Darker Shade, edited by John-Henri Holmberg.

A landmark anthology, this will be the first collection of Swedish crime stories translated into English. It features unpublished fiction from international phenomenon Stieg Larsson and his long-term partner Eva Gabrielsson as well as bestsellers Henning Mankell, Per Wahlöö, Maj Sjöwall and more.

Editor Holmberg is a writer, editor and translator and was a close personal friend of Larsson whom he met through their shared love of science fiction and crime fiction. When John-Henri discovered that Larsson had written a story that had never been published, it sparked the idea to curate a volume of original stories from the most distinguished swedish crime authors. None of these stories have ever been published in the English language. 

Editorial Director Laura Palmer said ‘This is a truly exciting project. Not only is it the first English anthology of the hugely popular genre of Nordic Noir but it contains never-before-published stories from Henning Mankell, Per Wahloo and – the cherry on the cake – Stieg Larsson.’

Head of Zeus will publish on 7th January 2014 as part of the worldwide release. The book will be strictly embargoed until publication.