The pre-launch of The Man Who Played with Fire took place on September 1, 2019, on Amazon Prime. In the first 24 hours it became a bestseller and skyrocketed into first place in True Crime on Amazon and #4 of all books. It bodes well for the official launch of the English version of the book on October 1, 2019. Fingers crossed!
It’s not every day you can welcome CBS This Morning to Stockholm, but last week they were here to film a report on The Man Who Played with Fire. The legendary Don Dahler interviewed Jan Stocklassa and a number of relevant people for the book launch in the US on October 1, 2019. The piece is scheduled to air on a Saturday close to the launch date. We are eager to see what the US take will be on this. Will they pick up mainly on the growth of right-wing movements all over the world or the possible connection to the CIA?
For the first time in several decades, the police have received new technical evidence after a series of circumstances that feel almost straight out of a Stieg Larsson novel. On March 2, 1986, two days after the assassination, a group of young men walked by the stairs on Jutas Backe, a few hundred meters from the scene of the murder in the direction of the killer’s escape route. One member of the group noticed a walkie-talkie next to the railing and picked it up. The young men were more focused on beer, rock music, and women than on the Palme murder and instead of turning the walkie-talkie over to the police they gave it away as a birthday present.
When Jan Stocklassa heard this story from a friend two years ago, he didn’t manage to get anywhere and put it to rest. Recently, he decided to try again. A series of phone calls later and one of the members of the group was on his way to Stockholm. He brought the walkie-talkie with him, a walkie-talkie that was very likely used in connection with the assassination of Olof Palme. The Swedish police have confirmed that they are trying to extract as much information as possible from the new evidence.
Sweden’s largest daily Aftonbladet published the sensational news as a 2-page spread on 21 April, 2019.
While researching The Man Who Played with Fire, Jan Stocklassa chose to use hidden cameras for meetings with persons believed to have been involved in the murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. A taste of the vast material is shown in the short promo films made for the Swedish launch of the book. Bone-chilling indeed!
The book was launched simultaneously in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands with Germany following a week later. Another 12 have followed since with another 10 to come, for a total of 27 languages and more than 50 countries. The reception has been overwhelming with press coverage on TV, radio, dailies and magazines as well as excellent reviews in all of the countries. You will find a small selection of the media coverage below. There is already a lot more to find and even more to come. Exciting times for a unique book!
Diario de Noticias, Portugal
El País, Spain