The Story Behind Alex and Katija by Gordon Hooper



The story behind “Alex and Katija, High and Mighty” is that I wanted to create a wicked, contemporary version of Sherlock Holmes. A funny but selfish detective that had no intention of doing the work he was paid to do, and who would actually rob his own clients. As I wrote, Alex and his gorgeous sidekick Katija became increasingly evil, until they maxed out on the badass/antihero scale. From the book’s description: “…their sole redeeming quality is that they are not child molesters.” I have always loved antiheroes and offensive/politically incorrect humor. Something that inspired my writing is the oppressive political correctness that is currently plaguing Sweden, and most of the western world. I get absolutely furious when people, based upon their moral values, try to censor information that I might be interested in. So this is me bucking the trend, kicking the hornets’ nest, and bending all the rules till breaking point. Oh such fun!

I love traveling, and prefer backpacking for long periods of time. Over the years I’ve seen so many fantastic places and met some wonderfully weird characters. So when Alex and Katija’s adventures take them abroad, I have a vast store of experiences to draw inspiration from.


Alex and Katija are quite the pair. Selfish, cruel, greedy, sleazy and violent—why, the negative adjectives could easily fill a small volume of their own. Over the top, always offensive and never politically correct—their sole redeeming quality is, they are not child molesters.

Alex is heir and owner of the Holstein Private Investigation Agency, located in Stockholm, Sweden. While he is the agency’s brains, Katija provides the brawn, as resident henchwoman. Their setup is sweet, with a never-ending supply of clients appearing at their doorstep and asking for help, only to be swindled out of their money, robbed, or beaten, and then sent on their way. Except some who, wrapped in chains, are dumped into the murky waters of nearby Nybro Viken.

Alex and Katija fight the natural as well as the supernatural—the only thing they really dread is the horrors of gainful employment. This threat is ever present as their finances are chronically atrocious, usually due to the black vacuum of the weekend, with all its powders and pills.

Their cases take them across the globe—so beware! There is NOWHERE to hide.





Gordon Hooper is a novice writer who usually bungles his way through the literary bog of his own creation. Most of his work is created solely to make people laugh, or at the very least smile. He tries to be offensive as often as humanly possible.

When not – then he is most likely being semi-blackmailed by his publisher, who has a hell of a job in keeping us all out of jail and preventing the premises of New Libri from being torched.

He is a nasty little bugger that Gordon. And why write about himself in third person? Well, it seemed a suitably ostentatious way to reveal his delusions of grandeur.

“Alex and Katija – High and Mighty” – check.

The sequel, and about a dozen planned books comin’ your way in the near future.

Alex and Katja is his first published book. You can visit Gordon Hooper’s website



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