The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning (10 ráð til að hætta að drepa fólk og byrja að vaska upp) by Icelandic author Hallgrímur Helgason, who wrote 101 Reykjavík, recently topped Amazon Kindle’s bestseller lists for thrillers in the UK.
“I just don’t get it,” Hallgrímur commented to Fréttablaðið. “It is a little bit odd, also because the book is classified as a ‘thriller’. I just hope people won’t be disappointed because it wasn’t exactly a thriller when I wrote it.”
“The only thriller I know is with Michael Jackson. I once read the lyrics to that song and that’s the only thriller I’ve read,” the author added.
The book is published by Amazon both for Kindle and as a paperback and was added to the online store on Tuesday. It made it to the top ten on the first day and took the top spot from Stieg Larsson, author of the Millenium trilogy, for a short time. On Thursday it was down to second place.
Hallgrímur said attempts had been made to publish the book in English, the language in which it was originally written, for four years until Amazon came into the picture.
“I’ve had a knot in my stomach wondering whether native speakers of English will accept reading English not written by a person whose native language is English,” Hallgrímur confessed.
The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning has now been released in ten languages, most recently in Korean. The movie rights to the book have been sold to Denmark and its adaptation will be directed by Kasper Barfoed.
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