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by Pushkin Vertigo, 13 July 2017. ISBN: 978 1 782271 92 5 (PB)
language translation is the author’s first in a gritty Scandi noir trilogy featuring
heavy drinker Harry Kvist, anti-hero, bi-sexual ex-boxer with a load of
personal baggage and a nose for trouble and detection.The
story, narrated in the first person, is rooted in 1930s squalid Stockholm with its
grime, slums, bootleggers and gangsters magnificently probed and exposed, a
fascinating amalgam of the grinding conditions of the desperate destitute and
the hedonism of the decadent elite that is light years away from today’s
When one bitter winter’s day Kvist is assigned
to chase up defaulter Zetterberg and beats him up to teach him a lesson, he
becomes the prime suspect when, shortly afterwards, the debtor is found brutally
murdered.Kvist is implicated; he’s hauled in for
questioning by the police and worked over but is reluctantly released when they
can pin nothing on him. But he knows
he’s still in their sights and the hunt is on to nail those who’ve framed him.
determination to search for the one credible witness who can provide him with a
cast iron alibibrings him face to face
with Stockholm’s gambling dens, seedy brothels, pimps and luxury hotels via betrayals
and his sexual encounters with men (an act illegal at the time and classified
as a mental illness) and an ageing, needy actress.
author doesn’t pull any punches and readers of a squeamish disposition may
prefer to look away but that said this does proveto bea very promising atmospheric debut that moves at a good clip and,
despite Kvist’s many character flaws, he is mesmerizing and one wants him to
live to fight another day.
a Swedish author of noir fiction. His critically acclaimed debut - the first
instalment of the Harry Kvist trilogy - Clinch
was released in Sweden and Australia in 2015, and the United Kingdom and France
in 2016. The second one Down For The
Count was published in 2017, and the third and finishing installment Slugger is due 2017.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicals then
turned her hand to fiction. Having published nine novels all, bar one,
hardwired with a romantic theme, she has also written short stories and
accounts of her explorations off the beaten track that feature on her blog. A
tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work in progress. Thrillers, crime and
mystery narratives, collecting old masks and singing are a few of her favourite