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The Man Who Plundered the City: An Asbjørn Krag mystery

Sven Elvestad

A famous Norwegian detective. A master jewel thief who leaves no trace. Who will win the battle of wits that threatens to tear the city apart?

When a series of audacious thefts take place in the city of Christiania (current-day Oslo), Detective Asbjørn Krag must deal with a master criminal who has his measure - or does he? From the dark brickyards on the city's outskirts to the bright lights of the Grand Hotel, Krag must use all his skill to turn the tables on the gang and their mysterious leader.


Sven Elvestad, who also wrote under the pseudonym Stein Riverton, was one of Norway's greatest crime writers. The New York Times described him as "the Edgar Allan Poe of Scandinavia." A journalist by training, he was the first foreign journalist to interview Adolf Hitler and was famous for stunts such as spending a day in a circus lion's cage. His first novel was published in 1907 and he went on to write nearly a hundred novels, many featuring detective Asbjørn Krag. Only a few of his works have ever been translated into English, despite enjoying widespread success across Europe and being translated into German, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish, Slovak, Czech, Finnish and Hungarian. Norway's yearly Riverton prize for the best crime novel is named after him.


This new edition features an introduction by Mitzi M. Brunsdale, author of the Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Kabaty Press
  • Publish Date: Oct 31st, 2021
  • Pages: 264
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.00in - 5.00in - 0.60in - 0.64lb
  • EAN: 9788395556241
  • Categories: Mystery & Detective - Traditional

About the Author

Elvestad, Sven: - Sven Elvestad, who also wrote under the pseudonym Stein Riverton, was one of Norway's greatest crime writers. The New York Times described him as "the Edgar Allan Poe of Scandinavia." A journalist by training, he was the first foreign journalist to interview Adolf Hitler and was famous for stunts such as spending a day in a circus lion's cage. His first novel was published in 1907 and he went on to write nearly a hundred novels, many featuring detective Asbjørn Krag. Only a few of his works have ever been translated into English, despite enjoying widespread success across Europe and being translated into German, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish, Slovak, Czech, Finnish and Hungarian. Norway's yearly Riverton prize for the best crime novel is named after him.
Praise for this book

Praise for Sven Elvestad


"The founder of the modern Norwegian crime novel and a great writer." -Jo Nesbø


"The Edgar Allan Poe of Scandinavia." -NY Times Book Review


"Remarkable ingenuity . . .the style is fascinating." -The Sydney Morning Herald


"His great success may be imagined when it is said that he has earned for himself the name of 'the Edgar Wallace of Scandinavia' . . .decided ingenuity in his plots." -The Montrose Review


"The author is well known on the continent as a writer of detective fiction, and the foreign atmosphere gives his book a freshness too often lacking in the home-grown article." -The Illustrated London News


"Scandinavia . . .has developed an Edgar Wallace of her own in the person of Sven Elvestad." -Reynolds' Newspaper


"The author is well-known on the continent as a master of detection fiction." -Belfast Newsletter