I am a Danish thriller writer (born 1978) and I write suspense novels that revolve around politics, corruption, big business, and corporate social responsibility (or, really, the lack of it!)
My new book Stolen Life – a Danish political thriller – has been extremely well received:
“HELLE VINCENTZ HAS WRITTEN A MASTERPIECE” – Krimihjerte
“EXCELLENT , EXCITING , INTERESTING AND THOUGHTFUL” — Krimifan, 5 stars
“EXCELLENT AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDABLE” – Femina, 5 stars
“HELLE VINCENTZ’ BEST SO FAR” – Berlingske Tidende, 4 stars
“A GOOD PLOT THAT DARES TO INCLUDE TOP POLITICS AND WEAVE THREADS WHICH WE ARE NOT ACCUSTOMED TO. “ Politiken
“I WAS SIMPLY HOOKED.” Bogliv
I made my debut as a novelist in 2011 and my debut novel – The African Virgin – was shortlisted for the prestigious Danish literary debut prize as well as for the prize as the best thriller debut in France. The trilogy about the Danish business woman Caroline Kayser consists of The African Virgin, 2011; The Philippine Pirate, 2012; and The Arctic Attacker (in Danish “Nukaakas Kabale”), 2013.
What the press said about the Kayser-trilogy:
“You have to read ‘The Arctic Attacker’. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year” – Krimihjerte
“DAMN, it’s good!” Heart breaking, thrilling, sad, and so talented and well composed” – Booklife
”The standard of John Le Carré” – Dagbladet Information
”Impressive and well composed” – Weekendavisen
“If you are fed up with the endless stream of ‘femi crime’ this book is a welcome change. Helle Vincentz has created a nerve wrecking, exiting thriller about the career woman Caroline Kayser.” – Nordjyske Stiftstidende
“Caroline is a cool character with a story to tell”. – Krimifan
What inspires me?
When writing I draw heavily on my own professional background. Prior to becoming a fulltime writer I worked as a communications manager in the Corporate Social Responsibility department at the multinational shipping and oil company A.P. Moller – Maersk. Before that I worked as a journalist for various daily Danish newspapers. And before that I was an assistant mechanic in Australia’s Monster Truck Show (an experience on which I do not draw so heavily in my writing).
I hold a master’s degree in Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility from Columbia University, New York, and a master’s degree in journalism and international politics from University of Southern Denmark.
I live in Copenhagen with my family and when not typing away on my computer I am a keen soccer player as well as an avid globetrotter. Some of my more dubious travel experiences make their way into my books – like visits to the dump sites in Nairobi’s poorest slum district or encounters with corrupt policemen in downtown Manila.
You are very welcome to contact me here: helle.vincentz (a) gmail (dot) com
For questions regarding foreign rights or movie rights please contact my manager Louise Langhoff Koch: lolk (a) artpeople (dot) dk