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The Cruel Stars of the Night Signed 1st Editionby Kjell Eriksson
Synopses & Reviews
When The Princess of Burundi was published last year by Thomas Dunne Books, American critics hailed Kjell Eriksson as Sweden's Ed McBain, and they compared him to Henning Mankell. Now The Cruel Stars of the Night, the next in this internationally acclaimed crime series, unveils a spellbinding new tale again featuring police inspector Ann Lindell.
The Cruel Stars of the Night opens one snowy day when thirty-five-year-old Laura Hindersten goes to the police to report that her father, a local professor, is missing. Inspector Ann Lindell and her colleagues can find no motive for the man's disappearance. And when the corpses of two elderly men do turn up, neither of the dead men is the missing academic.
Unexpectedly, the police get help from one of the professor's colleagues, who believes there is an astonishing link between the murders and the disappearance of Professor Hindersten. But as the pressure on Lindell increases dramatically, she is shocked to discover that the killer has many more diabolical schemes in store.
Combining heart-pounding suspense with brilliant psychological insight, The Cruel Stars of the Night moves like a comet as it approaches the cliff-hanging climax. It is sure to win Kjell Eriksson a whole new galaxy of American fans.
Winner of the Swedish crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel, Kjell Eriksson received wide critical acclaim for his U.S. debut, the international bestseller The Princess of Burundi. Now, this spectacular follow-up thriller opens with the abrupt disappearance of an elderly professor, followed quickly by the suspicious deaths of two more old men. Inspector Ann Lindell instinctively knows that she is tracking a most cunning serial killer, and as she closes in on the demented murderer, a diabolical death trap awaits.
Stellar Acclaim for The Princess of Burundi
"Stunning...haunting...can chill you to the bone."
- The New York Times Book Review
"Terrific...subtly brilliant...compellingly suspenseful."
- San Francisco Chronicle
"Reminiscent of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series. Don't miss it."
- Library Journal (starred review)
"Ingenious...a chillingly well-drawn psychotic...Very satisfying."
- Los Angeles Times
"A deep, insightful psychological thriller."
- The Midwest Book Review
"Suspenseful, intelligent, and perceptive...terrific."
- Publishers Weekly
"Riveting . . . resembles the books of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, not to mention those of the modern master Henning Mankell."
- The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Kjell Eriksson's novels are instant bestsellers in Sweden, and his popularity is skyrocketing in Germany, Denmark, Italy, Norway, and the Netherlands. The Princess of Burundi won the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel. His next crime novel in the Ann Lindell series will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur in 2008.
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