"Kjell Eriksson's crime novels are among the very best." —Henning Mankell
A Swedish county commissioner walks out of a high-level meeting and disappears. Many years later, one of the town's natives is convinced that he's caught a glimpse of the missing man while traveling in Bangalore, India. When the rumors reach his hometown, a veteran police officer stumbles across a seemingly unrelated case. Ann Lindell, Eriksson's series detective, must investigate a severed female foot found where a striking number of inhabitants are single men. But the owner of the house where the victim believed to have lived is no longer able to answer any questions….
Ann Lindell pursues a number of curious crimes in Eriksson's subtly wrought fourth mystery to be published in the U.S. featuring the Uppsala homicide detective (after The Demon of Dakar). In 1998, Sven-Arne Persson, a powerful county commissioner, left in the middle of a meeting, never to be seen again in Sweden. Twelve years later, while living under an assumed name in Bangalore, India, Persson is recognized by Jan Svensk, a former neighbor there on business. Svensk relays the news to his own parents in Sweden, acquaintances of Persson's wife, starting a destructive spiral that soon involves Lindell. Lindell unofficially pokes around the Persson incident, but she has other, fresher cases on her mind, in particular a woman's foot washed ashore outside the town of regrund. While interviewing the area's strange residents, Lindell realizes several of them had means and opportunity for murder, but motive is trickier. Eriksson skillfully weaves his myriad plot threads in this fine example of Swedish noir.