Tobias Olsson

Tobias Olsson (b. 1977) worked for the daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet for many years, but is now a freelance reporter. In 2010, he was nominated to Sweden’s most prestigious journalism award, Stora journalistpriset. He has also won the Schibsted Journalism Awards and been awarded by The Swedish Association of Investigative Journalism for his reporting. The thriller From the Same Blood is the first in a series of books about Jonathan Sandler.


Crimetime Specsavers Award 2017

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“Nomination: Thriller debut of the year.”



From the Same Blood

Outside of a brothel in a small Greek town, close to the Turkish border, a Swedish police officer is killed. The man worked with identifying refugees at the border control. The murder is dismissed as a quarrel gone wrong between a prostitute and her client. It is a scandal and the tabloids are having a field day.

But, when Swedish journalist Jonathan Sandler looks into the matter he soon starts to suspect that there is more behind the murder. Much more.

Together with his Greek colleague Agnes Valli, Jonathan Sandler starts to believe that the murder was a hit ordered by the highest levels of society. He wants to find out the truth and soon he is threatened and in danger himself.

From the Same Blood is a fast-paced Scandinavian crime novel, with a back drop of the most urgent crisis of today – the refugees that want to come to Europe. As neo-fascist parties gain power in the European countries’ parliaments the humanitarian value is diminished. From the Same Blood tells a terrifying story about what powers are trying to prevent the refugees escape to Europe, and why they want to keep them out.

Tobias Olsson

Original title:
Av samma blod

September 2016


Original publisher:
Wahlström & Widstrand

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript
English sample

358 pp.

Poland/Czarna Owca
Sweden/Wahlström & Widstrand


“He constructs an immensly thrilling story and twists the perspective several times, without oversimplifying or becoming too lengthy, and without being too incredible or too trivial.”