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WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS READERS CHOICE AWARD 2016
In Lindö, on the Swedish coast, a man has been found brutally murdered in his own home.
The victim, Hans Juhlén, had no shortage of enemies. But the case stalls when a child’s handprint is found inches from where the dead man fell.
Hans Juhlén had no children.
Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius has perfected the art of maintaining a professional distance from her cases. But when the body of a small boy is found – and with him, the weapon that killed Juhlén – Jana’s impenetrability is tested to its limits.
The small body is a bleak reminder that Jana has her own secrets to hide. And if she is to keep them safe, she must find the perpetrator behind these crimes…before the police do.
‘Worthy of Nesbø or Kepler’ DAST Magazine
‘Move over, Jo Nesbø’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram
About the author
EMELIE SCHEPP is an international bestselling Nordic crime author with a career in marketing, publicity and project management. She lives with her husband and two children in Sweden.
Swedish author Schepp makes her U.S. debut with this stellar first in a crime trilogy. Prosecutor Jana Berzelius heads the investigation into the shooting murder of Hans Juhl n, the person in charge of asylum issues at the Swedish migration board, whose wife found his body at their home in Norrk ping. Clues include a stash of threatening letters, large amounts of cash withdrawn monthly, and fingerprints belonging to a child whose body turns up a few days later. As the case evolves, it dredges up Jana's long-repressed memories. She remembers nothing of her childhood before she was nine years old and woke up in a hospital room; soon a wealthy couple adopted her. Jana and her team get on the trail of a human-trafficking operation, which unleashes even more of her memories. Schepp couples an insightful look at the personal and professional lives of her characters with an unflinching multilayered plot loaded with surprises.