Head of Agency & Literary Agent
Jan Mårtenson is a distinguished former ambassador, Under-Secretary-General and Director General of the United Nations, Chef de Cabinet to his Majesty the King of Sweden, and Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps. He made his literary debut in 1973, and since then he has published over 50 fiction and non-fiction titles, and has sold more than 2 million copies in Sweden alone. Mårtenson’s crime novels featuring antiques dealer Johan Kristian Homan (37 to date) are something of an institution in Swedish popular fiction, with a vast circle of fans following the series and anticipating the release of each new Homan book. Mårtenson has also published non-fiction books about the Royal Swedish Castle and Royal Djurgården in Stockholm, among many others. The Homan Crime Series Johan Kristian Homan is a sophisticated, well-heeled and generally self-deprecating antiques dealer whose shop occupies a prime location in Stockholm’s genteel Old Town. He lives with his Siamese cat Cléo de Merode, while his girlfriend, Francine, head of the Swedish Security Service’s Dignitary Protection unit, is almost always away on business. Ironic, because while Homan’s day-to-day life involves mundane transactions with Swedish high-society, he somehow always finds himself entangled in a new murder mystery — often involving one of his clients, family members or acquaintances. The Homan crime novels are penned with a fast pace, a sharp wit, a wicked sense of humor, and they overflow with fascinating characters and vivid environments. Homans’ genuine interest in pursuing the beautiful and the good in life often takes center stage, eclipsing the crime at hand. As a reader, you’re served a steady diet of quick, entertaining lectures on life’s finer pleasures: art, food and wine. With a hero like Homan, who appreciates both the smaller and greater joys in life, this crime series reveals more Bordeaux spilling from its pages than blood. The settings — from 18th century mansions and luxurious apartments to museums, art galleries and auction houses — are developed as characters in their own right. And in these environments, Homan is at home, playing gracious host, no matter the company.