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by Head of Zeus, 11 January 2018. ISBN: 978-1-78497-556-2 (HB)
A police car chase ends in the
speeding car plunging into the cold waters off Helsingborg. The driver is Peter
Brise, a shining light in Swedish IT companies, and he’s dead ... except that
an autopsy finds he’s been dead for two months, and his body kept frozen.
lengthy crime novel gives us not one but two separate investigations, linked by
the characters involved in them. Swedish inspector Fabian Risk is working on
the case of Peter Brise, and soon finds out that the two-month dead man has
been having business meetings until recently – selling off his estate, and
squirrelling the proceeds away. It’s a case of identity fraud, and soon Fabian
and his team are on the trail of a ruthless, and very clever killer. On the
other side of the sound that separates Sweden and Denmark, in Helsingor,
morning shoppers are horrified by a girl who is covered in blood appearing
among them. Disgraced cop Dunja Hougaard is given the task of finding her – and
in spite of a higher-up former colleage who’s got in in for her, she finds
where the blood came from – a dead homeless person who has been savagely
beaten. Looking up other assault cases, she finds several similar ones, and
fears that “happy slapping’ – assaulting someone and recording it for posting
on YouTube – has come to Denmark. Both investigations become complex, nearly
everyone is in danger at some point, and there’s a high body count. The
chapters are short, 3-5 pages, and the action constant. We’re also drawn into
the main characters’ private lives – Dunja’s feud with her former boss, and
Fabian’s difficulties with his wife and teenage children. The ending keeps up
the idea of doubles, with not one but two teaser lead-ins to the next novel.
fast-moving Scandi PP with interesting characters – great for making that long
journey pass more quickly.
Stefan Ahnhemhas been working as a screenwriter for over
twenty years. He has worked in both TV and film, with everything from comedy to
thriller and with original ideas as well as adaptations. In 2014 he debuted with Victim Without a Face.Since
then two more novels about the murder investigator Fabian Risk have been
released. He lives in Copenhagen.
Marsali Taylor grew up near
Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently
a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and
two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is
fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive
dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a
keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of
her local drama group.Marsali also does
a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.