2017 SWEDISH CRIME WRITER OF THE YEAR
AN ACCIDENTAL SLIP OF A BLADE…
A tragic incident on the operating table leaves a patient damaged for life and leads a young surgeon to abandon his profession as a physician… Now, years later, a series of senseless, gruesome murders are rocking the same medical community.
THEN MURDEROUS REVENGE…
The weapon? A surgical scalpel.
But who exactly is preying on these victims? And why? What does this grisly pattern reveal? And who will be the one to stop it?
Special prosecutor Jana Berzelius, who has her own dark secrets to hide, is in charge of the investigation. What she can’t know, until she is finally closing in on the murderer, is just how her own mother’s recent death is intimately connected.
This intricately plotted and relentlessly suspenseful medical thriller keeps everyone guessing until the bitter end.
Jana Berzelius has a lot on her plate in Swedish author Schepp's hard-hitting third thriller featuring the Norrk ping public prosecutor (after 2017's Marked for Revenge). First, Jana's adoptive mother dies of a sudden heart attack. Next, coworker Per str m, "the only social company she allowed herself," steps up his efforts to get close to the intensely private Jana. Meanwhile, her archnemesis, criminal suspect Danilo Pe a, escapes from the private hospital room where he's been under guard. Finally, a busy workload gets even more demanding when a serial killer begins torturing and dismembering seemingly random victims with a surgical scalpel. Schepp ably juggles a sizable cast of complex supporting characters as she drops subtle clues about the murders and to her enigmatic lead's past; an open ending suggests that readers haven't seen the last of Jana. Fans of Scandinavian noir will be well satisfied.