'Provincial detective Christian Tell is more sensitive than Henning Mankell's Wallender, while an extraordinary twist offers a women's take on Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. This is a terrific debut.' Joan Smith, SUNDAY TIMES
One cold morning in December, in a small rural town on the Swedish coast, Ake Melkersson is on his way to work when his car breaks down. Luckily he spots a garage nearby, but as he approaches he realises something is wrong. The owner of the garage lies dead, sprawled on the ground, his lower body crushed where a car has repeatedly driven over him. Inspector Christian Tell - a sensitive man with a complex past - begins to investigate. Could this be the result of a grudge, or a local feud? But then another murder occurs - this time the man has been shot in the head before being driven over several times. A female reporter sees links between these two deaths and a person who went missing ten years earlier. But will Tell listen to her suspicions? And can he overcome the demons of his own past?
Simple but effective prose distinguishes Ceder's procedural debut from the Scandinavian crime fiction pack. When Swedish factory worker ke Melkersson's car begins to fail early one morning, he decides to stop at an auto repair shop off a country road. The only person ke finds lies dead on the ground outside the shop. That person, later identified as photographer Lars Waltz, was shot in the head, execution style, and then repeatedly run over by a car. Soon after Insp. Christian Tell starts his inquiry, a near identical crime claims another life. Flashbacks to the early 1990s tip the reader to the killer's motive, but the whodunit aspect is secondary to a nuanced study of Tell, who can't stop himself from making some serious missteps along the way. Ceder conjures a vivid sense of place, and the byplay among the inspector's police colleagues rings true. Karin Fossum fans will find much to like.
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Outstanding! Loved the book, and the vulnerabilities of the characters. It’s a good lesson about the long term shattering effects of just one evil act - and the feelings of guilt, hate, and revenge of those left behind in the family, and even on the sidelines!