Stefán Máni was raised in the rural fishing village Ólafsvík, on the Snaefellsnes peninsula in western Iceland. At the age of twenty-six, he put all his belongings in an old car and moved to the capital city of Reykjavík to publish his first book. For the first ten years as a writer, he was working full or half time as a construction worker, a dishwasher, in a printing press and in a home for the insane. His first major success, at home and abroad, was the haunting thriller The Ship. Since then, he has been writing the hugely popular Grímsson detective series, along with occasional thrillers and other work. In 2012 the movie Black's Game premiered, based on his bestselling thriller by the same title. The movie is the second most popular and second highest grossing film in Icelandic history.
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