Escaping the Johns

Those Who Ran

ORIGINAL TITLE: Flickorna som sprang

AUTHOR: Simon Häggström

ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Nordic

GENRE: Fiction

Detective Simon Häggström is part of the Swedish national police’s human trafficking unit. In May 2019 his first novel, Those Who Ran, based on real events, is published by Harper Collins Nordic.

Simon Häggström has been a detective for 10 years, specializing on prostitution and human trafficking.

In Those Who Ran, Häggström invites the reader into a world of shadows, inhabited by cops, pimps and johns – and by those struggling to survive in these environments. In addition to a truthful depiction of the often willfully ignored dark sides of society, the novel also explores the incredible human ability to survive under the most extreme circumstances.

Simon Häggström has previously published the nonfiction books Shadow Law (2016) and Night City (2017).


“The descriptions of police work are credible and the language is straight and effective. One gets the sense that Häggström’s experiences from the harsh reality of urban depravity will result in additional shocking, commendable novels in the future.” 



"Simon Häggström’s nonfiction accounts are among the most thrilling I have read. Now, we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in this clandestine world that is still unexplored in the crime novel context.".

Céline Hamilton, publisher HarperCollins Nordic

Rights sold


Japanese rights sold to Hayakawa Publishing Corporation