Jakob Melander

(born 1965) His crime debut, The House that Jack Built, went straight to the bestseller lists upon it’s release in Denmark. The rights to the two first novels in the Lars Winkler-series have been sold to eight countries, including USA, Canada and Germany. Jakob Melander has played guitar in several Danish rock bands. His fourth novel, Det bedste til mig og mine venner, will be published in Denmark 4th of March 2016.

The second installment in the Lars Winkler-series, The Scream of the Butterfly, is out in US and Canada now. 

The Scream of the Butterfly is “… a wonderful, noir-ish read that is exceedingly hard to put down.” Manhattan Book Review

“Impressive …  a writer of real distinction …  [The House that Jack Built] is a striking crime debut.”

 “Brilliant debut.” Sugarpulp Magazine, Italy











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“Uh, The Scream of the Butterfly was freakin’ good, unputdownable. Had to read it in ONE go … Am already really excited and looking forward to the third book in the series. Very well done. Respect!”

Katrine Kent, from Facebook

“Finished your latest novel – and I must say, you pick up from where you left off with The House that Jack Built. 5 big stars from me to both novels.”

Stina Holdt, from Facebook

“Wow!! Read The House that Jack Built in one day. I love the excitement and the way you tell the story. Very well written to the last syllable.”

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“Just finished The Scream of the Butterfly – more or less without a break. Super crime novel, the best up until now. So looking forward to the next book.”

Dorthe Bay-Kastrup, from Facebook










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Jakob Melander

Jakob Melander was born in 1965 and grew up in the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark. During high school he was a part of the Copenhagen punk scene. Played bass guitar and violin in the short lived punk band Agony. Changed to guitar around 1984 and played in the  Danish band Redlands for the remainder of the decade and in the early 1990’es. From 1996 he studied comparative literature at the University of Copenhagen. MA in 2002, Jakob is also a playwright from Odsherred Teater.

His debut, The House that Jack Built, was published in 2013. Jakob lives in the district of Nørrebro near the centre of Copenhagen with his wife and two children. Right now he is editing the third book in the Lars Winkler series. The Danish release is set to February 6th, 2015.

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