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The Lake

Kresnik shortlist award nominee 2017

The Lake is a crime novel which shifted the boundaries of popular fiction on the Slovene literary scene, managed to intrigue a broad readership and unify literary critics in the verdict that this is a well thought out and very skilfully written story. Further proof of this is that the book was reprinted three times very soon after it was first published in November 2016.

Rights sold: UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Egypt, Croatia

Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
Year of publication: 2016
No. of pages: 524

About the Book

The novel is set in iconic Slovene settings, the tourist surroundings of Lake Bohinj and the bustle of the capital, Ljubljana. The protagonist is a model family man and detective with quite a reputation in his field. He is also a former mountaineer, an avid recreational sportsman who is sometimes secretive, sometime impulsive, but always thoughtful and amusing.


‘The Lake by Tadej Golob is the first Slovene crime novel which I devoured from beginning to end.’ Miha Kovač in the leading Slovene daily newspaper Delo

‘It is not often that a Slovene author writes a crime novel the reader will refuse to put down.’ Mojca Pišek in the main Slovene literary journal Literatura

‘Cleverly, smoothly and clearly written crime fiction.’  Matej Bogataj in the leading weekly Slovene magazine Mladina

‘Finally! An excellent Slovene crime novel in the manner of Scandinavian thrillers without the excessively painful scenes, blood and various mental deviations.’ Katarina Mahnič on RTV Slovenia’s portal MMC


TV series were made based on this book which were filmed by Slovenia’s national public broadcasting organisation Radio Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia).

Tadej Golob (foto: Boštjan Pucelj)

Tadej Golob

Tadej Golob (b. 1967) is a unique Slovene author with a thematically broad range of works. In 2010 he won the Kresnik Award for best novel with his debut Svinjske nogice (Pig’s Feet). He is one of the authors of Z Everesta (From Everest, 2000), where he describes Davo Karničar’s ski descent from the highest mountain in the world, one he has also summited himself. He began his career in sports journalism but later became well-known for his interviews with famous Slovenes, which paved the way for several biographies (among them that of professional basketball player Goran Dragić). His 2013 novel Ali boma ye! describes the story of an amateur boxer facing the last fight of his career and an offer he can’t refuse. More recently, his series of crime novels featuring Inspector Taras Birsa, starting with the novel Jezero (The Lake), has become one of the most successful book series in Slovene. Each new volume tops the sales and library charts, and the bestselling novels have also been adapted for television, further popularising home-grown crime fiction in Slovenia. Through his unique approach to writing and a sensitivity for what readers enjoy, Golob has proved that Slovene literature can also reach a mass readership.