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In Teheran; during the dark hour before dawn, the beautiful and well educated Jasmine lives her nightmare. At this time Iranian security people get to their victims of torture and, worst of all, death and disappearance.

Despite her terrible experiences in her home country Iran, Jasmin is at risk of being returned from Norway, where she has hoped to find a safe haven, seeking political asylum.

Advocate Foyn engages in Jasmine’s asylum case, but when she suddenly disappears, the lawyer must look into things that connects him with both Iranian exile environments, shady intelligence services and direct killings.

Jasmin is eventually found dead – drowned in the sea in Oslo. The police conclude an accident, but Foyn feels sure that it is a murder.

The pursuit of the killer leads Foyn in many directions, and Mehlum manages to bring the reader into blind alleys before finally offering a surprising explanation.
Jan Mehlum confirms with “Madrugada” his position as one of our best crime writers.


Jan Mehlum has been awarded the prestigious Riverton Award.

Madrugada is such an exciting novel. I was totally caught by the story!

Litteratursiden, Denmark

The plight of this enthusiastic reader is this: Please don´t stop writing. I want to read more about Svend Foyn and his 75 kilo heavy Saint Bernard dog Hulda

Aftenposten, Norway

Svend Foyn belongs to the most charismatic characters in the Norwegian flora of crime heroes. His sarcastic comments, his ability to ironize over his own deficiencies and, not least, his commitment to society's weakest, helps to make the story readable. Certainly he drinks brandy at times, but seldom too much. Certainly he is constantly in clamor with the power of attorney, but he is not a fool. He is just an ongoing socially committed citizen, whom fortunately manages to solve one mystery after another.
The conclusion is that Foyn does the job again this time!, Norway

Readers; hang on! This is one of this autumn´s most exciting novels!!

Dagbladet, Norway

Jan Mehlum has a very special talent for getting the reader hooked from the first page. The reason is the elegant way he manages to connect the unpleasant and criminal elements with a light, ironic style that creates distance without it becoming cynical

Dagsavisen, Norway

To count among our foremost crime writers

Gjengangeren, Norway

«Madrugada» is well written and exciting to the last page, recommended for dark autumn nights.

Moss Avis, Norway

He always finds an interesting contemporary social or criminal theme. This time asylum politics and immigration.
Jan Mehlum knows how to keep the reader on the edge until the last page; while letting both one destiny and more complex structures in society unfold

Tønsberg Blad, Norway

Exciting crime stories spun around social topics have gradually become Jan Mehlum's trademark. Now he has done it again. Madrugada hosts both thrilling entertainment and criticism of society and current affairs