This best-selling Scandinavian thriller follows its troubled heroine as she investigates a high-profile robbery for Stockholm's Violent Crimes Division.
Naked and bloody, a seven-year-old girl walks into a bank in central Stockholm in broad daylight and gets away with millions. Leona Lindberg of Stockholm's Violent Crimes Division agrees to work on the case. With a long, distinguished history in the police force, she seems the perfect choice. But Leona is grappling with deep issues of her own--a gambling addiction, a strained marriage--that could jeopardize the investigation. As she struggles to keep the volatile pieces of her life under control, the line between right and wrong becomes increasingly unclear--and even irrelevant.
This is a hard-boiled crime novel, filled with unexpected twists and turns, featuring an unusual heroine. Leona makes for gripping reading while challenging feminine norms and posing questions about what lies behind the choices we make.
Dysfunction in many unsavory forms haunts every page of Swedish author Rogneby's disturbing first novel and series launch. Police officer Leona Lindberg, a 34-year-old loner who chafes at working within Stockholm's Violent Crimes Division, investigates a bizarre bank robbery carried out by a naked and bloody seven-year-old girl. Leona's abuse-plagued childhood parallels that of the young robber, as the reader learns in painful detail from the first-person accounts of the girl's victimization. Meanwhile, Leona must deal with her severely ill son, a strained marriage, and a vicious gambling addiction. Too many heavy-handed hints at psychological disturbance, such as Leona's urge to straighten pictures on the wall and pencils on her desk, telegraph her obsessive-compulsive plunge into disaster. Rogneby, an investigator in Stockholm's police department, brings authenticity to this hard-boiled tale, but ironies piled on bitter ironies in Leona's tangled career don't make it easy to suspend disbelief.