Before becoming an international publishing sensation, Lars Arffssen was best known in his home country as author of En Populär Historien om dem Svenska Köttbulle (A Popular History of the Swedish Meatball). He lives in Södermalm with his common-law wife and several children from various relationships.


“Chick lit? SO over. Police procedurals? Done to death. Sweet little cottages on Nantucket? They need renovating… It’s time to find new favorites. So English readers are being introduced to…Lars Arffssen — and that name should sound funny, since it’s attached to The Girl With the Sturgeon Tattoo...”
– Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Sturgeon Tattoo is the kind of book Stieg Larsson might have dictated from beyond the grave to Mel Brooks…funny…ideal reading for their morning commute by car, bussen or sparvagnen (look it up).”
– Nick Owchar, The Los Angeles Times
“This hilarious little book (all 200 pages of it)…mischievously riffs off every nuance of that remarkable, if convoluted, series thriller, in much the same vein as Mel Brooks’s Springtime for Hitler played fast and loose with the Third Reich.”
– Roz Shea, Bookreporter.com
“…veers hilariously between the ultra politically correct and…the unspeakably sinister.”
– Steve Pfarrer, The Hampshire Gazette
“…this parody of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” hits its mark.”
– Billy Heller, Required Reading, The New York Post

Arguably the funniest novel to emerge from Northern Europe since the Black Death

A reindeer strangler has struck again; the world’s leading authority on Baltic sturgeon has been filleted, and the head of Sweden’s only unpublished thriller writer has been discovered some meters from his body.

Just a typical day in Stockholm’s crime log? Or are the murders the works of a single killer? Chief Inspector Svenjamin Bubbles has a suspect: Lizzy Salamander, Scandinavia’s most heavily tattooed girl-sociopath and hacker extraordinaire.

Mikael Blomberg believes Salamander has been framed. But if Salamander is innocent, who is the 4'10" girl ninja captured on a surveillance camera decapitating the failed novelist? And what has become of the unpublished manuscript that claimed to connect Sweden’s most eco-friendly corporations to the twentieth century’s greatest tyrant?

A shocking story of corruption and perversion that reaches to the highest echelons of the world’s largest producer of inexpensive ready-to-assemble wooden bookcases, The Girl with the Sturgeon Tattoo delivers a hilarious—and gripping—parody of the best-selling novels by Stieg Larsson.