International suspense superstar Kjell Eriksson produces another masterful work of murder, intrigue, and page-turning action in this latest thriller, which features his popular series-detective Ann Lindell.
One sunny summer morning a young woman and her six-year old daughter are run over by a car. Both are killed immediately. Is it an accident, or did someone kill them on purpose?
The same morning the husband of the deceased young woman disappears. During the police investigation, it turns out that the husband had recently bought a property that nobody knew anything about. A few days later a macabre discovery is made in a forest nearby.
Eriksson has been nominated for the Best Swedish Crime Novel many times, including for Stone Coffin—the seventh novel in his critically-acclaimed and internationally-loved Ann Lindell series.
Tragedy strikes the well-to-do Ceder n family in Eriksson's satisfying seventh ensemble mystery to be published in the U.S. (after 2015's Open Grave). A hit-and-run driver kills Josefin Ceder n and her six-year-old daughter as they are walking to church on a road near Uppsala. Homicide detective Ann Lindell and her colleagues suspect successful businessman Sven-Erik Ceder n, the victims' husband and father, who has disappeared. The police soon discover that Sven-Erik kept a mistress, owned foreign property, and engaged in shady business dealings, and yet odd inconsistencies strain the seemingly open-and-shut case. Eriksson smoothly shifts among the troubled minds of those affected by the deaths, including Sven-Erik's gentle lover. Lindell's empathy for the murdered woman (unlocked by Josefin's poignant diary) tends to drift into pining for stoic builder Edvard Risberg, threatening to funnel the book's emotional momentum away from the Ceder ns. Still, readers who prefer measured, character-driven procedurals to gore or wisecracks will be entranced.