Henrik Brun (born 1968) is a Danish writer. He is the author behind the series about the journalist Ketil Brandt. So far the series counts the books “Decoy. Danish”, “The Norwegian Lackey”, “The Swedish Liar”, “The Finnish Patriot” and “The Polish Fortune Hunter”. The books can be read independently.

Henrik Brun. Foto: Jeroen Smit

Henrik Brun. Foto: Jeroen Smit


Brun is originally educated as a journalist from the Danish School of Journalism in 1993, and he also has taken a Masters in European Journalism through a study in the Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

From 1995 to 2004 he was a travelling foreign news reporter for the Danish daily Information, and from 2005 until 2014 he was Foreign News Editor at the newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad. In 2002 he received the European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Prize for his reporting on human rights, democracy and development and in 2001 he was nominated for the Danish Cavling-prize on investigative journalism.

When finding the right scenes for his books – not to mention creating the plots – Henrik Brun makes use of his knowledge about international relations and his experiences from many European countries.

Thus the first novel, ”Decoy.Danish” takes place in his favourite town – Lubjljana, the capital of Slovenia. This city is still a little secret in Europe, and the writer found it natural to make it an unusual scene for his main character Ketil Brandt’s first thrilling adventures.

”The Norwegian Lackey” takes the reader to the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway. Especially the cities of the Hague and Oslo are being used as locations for the drama, and of course the Danish cities of Copenhagen (where Brun lives) and Silkeborg (where he was born and raised).

Sweden and Cyprus are two other places that Brun knows very well through his journalistic experiences, and so this has helped him to find the right scenes for the third book, “The Swedish Liar” – a book that takes place in Malmoe and Stockholm with the Cyprus-problem as the political thrill behind the crimes committed.

Henrik Brun has shown skills in being ahead of time when he creates his plots, and the fourth book – “The Finnish Patriot” – is really an evidence of that. The drama that takes place in Finland and the Baltic states has become more realistic and actual than he could imagine due to the events in Ukraine and the new tense relations between Russia and the EU/NATO.

Also the fifth book, The Polish Fortune Hunter, is an highly actual drama that takes place in a Europe in an existential crisis. The reader is taken to Denmark, Sweden and – not the least – Poland, which is a country that Henrik Brun knows very well.

  • Reviews – The Finnish Patriot

    “Henrik Brun juggles convincingly with his high level of knowledge of the international political scene and a good language (…) A recommendable and clever novel”

    – Berlingske

    “Brun has done it again”

    – Politiken

    “A top level international thriller”

    – Kristeligt Dagblad

    “An exciting and entertaining thriller”

    – Lokalavisen Frederiksberg

  • The Finnish Patriot

    “The Finnish Patriot” by Henrik Brun is the fourth volume in the series about journalist Ketil Brandt, and like “Decoy. Danish”, “The Norwegian Lackey” and “The Swedish Liar” it can be read separately. In “The Finnish Patriot” a Russian gay rights activist is murdered in a sauna in Eastern Finland close to the border to Russia causing a diplomatic fuss between Finland and Russia. In Helsinki as in the rest of the EU-capitals Russia is already being criticized for its laws against homosexuals in specific and human rights organizations in general. Moving to kill opponents abroad is one step too far. Read more

  • Reviews – The Swedish Liar

    “… an absolutely recommendable novel containing both strength and vision (…) You can really tell that Brun knows a great deal about foreign affairs, diplomacy and journalism, and above all the reader can’t help but feel how eagerly Brun wants to tell his story”

    (Sophie Engberg Sonne in Politiken)

    “… with pace and drive Brun works at full throttle, he knows about the world and how to take the reader on a journey in and out of it in a most diverting way”

    (Bo Tao Michaëlis in Kristeligt Dagblad)

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  • The Swedish Liar

    The Swedish Liar by Henrik Brun is the third volume in the series about journalist Ketil Brandt, and like Decoy. Danish and The Norwegian Lackey it can be read separately.

    On his way to Stockholm Danish journalist Ketil Brandt stops over in Malmo, where he witness a shooting in the street with a suspicious woman fleeing in panic from the crime scene. The victim is a Cypriot diplomat visiting the city off-duty and the police and press agree that he was a random target of a new Malmo shooter chasing foreigners. Read more

  • Reviews – The Norwegian Lackey

    ”Henrik Brun’s second crime novel about the reckless reporter Ketil Brandt is absolutely brilliant”

    (Sophie Engberg Sonne in Politiken)

    The Norwegian Lackey is a high-quality crime novel. It’s well-written, intriguing and extensively researched”

    (Annebeth Larsen on litteratursiden.dk)

    “Enjoy this ride without the straitjacket of political correctness and psychological portraits”

    (Bo Tao Michaëlis in Kristeligt Dagblad)

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  • The Norwegian Lackey

    “The Norwegian Lackey”  is the second volume in the series about journalist Ketil Brandt. Like the first volume Decoy. Danish it can be read separately

    After a few years of being left out in the cold Danish journalist Ketil Brandt is forgiven and re-hired by Dagbladet. He is in Holland writing an article for the paper, when a Danish woman named Ana is being stabbed to death in a park in the Hague in broad daylight. Dagbladet wants Ketil Brandt to cover the story, and when the police’s prime suspect is murdered in Berlin less than 24 hours later the case takes a new and much unexpected turn. At the same time both the Dutch and the German police seem a little bit too eager to close the case, which doesn’t make the whole matter less suspicious. Read more

  • Reviews – Decoy. Danish

    “…the global vision and the striking descriptions of the Balkans is without a doubt the strong point of Decoy. Danish…”

    (Sophie Engberg Sonne in Politiken)

    “…unlike most of today’s crime novels Decoy. Danish has a credible and relevant plot…”

    (Carsten Norton, Ekstra Bladet)

    “…Danish journalist Henrik Brun (…) has fallen for Slovenia, especially the capital Ljubljana. The great amount of affection and knowledge shown in the description of the country really boost the novel…”

    (Bo Bjørnvig in Weekendavisen)

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  • Decoy. Danish

    “Decoy. Danish.” (original title: Den danske lokkedue) by Henrik Brun is a new Scandinavian crime novel about human trade, trafficking and corruption taking place in international settings.

    The novel leads its Danish key figure, journalist Ketil Brandt, to the south eastern corner of Europe. More specifically the former Yugoslavia, where Ketil Brandt finds himself in the eye of the storm and amongst a brutal network of traffickers, an utmost attractive reporter from Slovenia and a female Danish handball star.

    It certainly wasn’t what the previously so tough, but now rather burnt-out, foreign reporter had in mind for a wedding invitation from Sarajevo. Read more