Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht #5
Simon & Schuster
The brand new thriller featuring Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht of the Stockholm police.
On a cold winter’s day, a pre-school teacher is shot to death in front of parents and children at the Jewish Congregation in Stockholm. Just a few hours later two Jewish boys go missing on their way to tennis practice. A heavy snowstorm hits Stockholm and the traces of the perpetrator are few and far between.
Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht are faced with one of their toughest challenges ever as they hunt for a killer that seems as merciless as he is effective. The leads in the investigation are many and diverse but in the end they all point to the same place: Israel. Someone or something called the Paper Boy keeps popping up in the police investigation. But who was he really? And could he possibly have resurfaced in Stockholm, now claiming new victims?
‘The writing is tense, dense and very atmospheric. The stories sharp and impossible to let go. Kristina Ohlsson is a true queen of scandinavian crime.’ Mons Kallentoft
‘Superbly crafted’ Daily Mail
‘Kristina Ohlsson is a rising star of Scandinavian crime fiction’ Sunday Times
This is the 5th book in the series and I feel my reading experience would have benefited from reading the earlier books and therefore being more invested in the main characters relationships. Despite my lack of background this was an intriguing read; the political and social commentary was thought provoking and reflective of many recent worldwide events (no spoilers here).
I really liked the clever use of the violin and superstition to add another layer of intrigue to this narrative – I was constantly revising who I thought the owner of the violin was – and was surprised by the final scenes this instrument was specific to. Likewise the story of The Paper Boy was equally fascinating – superstition, folk tale or truth? You will need to read the book yourself to find out 🙂
PS – Great translation!