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The Princess of Burundi: Ann Lindell Mysteries: Volume 1by Kjell Eriksson
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Winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel, The Princess of Burundi introduces American readers to a leading crime writer from Sweden whose work has created an international sensation. Eriksson's U.S. debut opens a week before Christmas when a Swedish town is rocked by the brutal murder of John Jonsson, a local family man. Detectives, led by a very pregnant Inspector Ann Lindell, at first suspect a chillingly well-drawn psychotic, and they may be right. But if they are not right, that leaves a cunning and vicious murderer on the loose in their town. A page-turner from start to finish, The Princess of Burundi catapults Eriksson to the top ranks of international crime fiction writers.
"When the badly mutilated body of John Harald Jonsson — a working-class family man and an expert on the tropical fish known as cichlids — is found in the snow in the provincial Swedish town of Libro, homicide detective Ola Haver and his colleague, Ann Lindell, quickly identify a suspect, an embittered sociopath. The brilliance of Eriksson's richly detailed crime novel, his second (after The Illuminated Path) but his first to be translated into English, lies in its psychological and even sociological insights. Eriksson not only reveals a deep, sympathetic understanding for his large cast of characters but also evokes a pervasive sense of despair, reminiscent of Henning Mankell's, in the face of the violent, amoral nature of contemporary society and the challenges it places on the police. The title derives from the common name of one of Jonsson's beloved cichlids, and the aquarium is a neat metaphor for the dynamics of smalltown life. This suspenseful, intelligent and perceptive book is terrific." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Subtle characters and precise prose will keep readers interested until the surprising solution." Kirkus Reviews
"Teens will be drawn to deconstruct the intelligent puzzle created by Eriksson, right down to the book's title." School Library Journal
"Suspenseful, intelligent, and perceptive . . . terrific." Publishers Weekly
"Ingenious . . . a chillingly well-drawn psychotic. . . . Very satisfying." Los Angeles Times
Winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel, The Princess of Burundi introduces American readers to Kjell Eriksson--a crime writer who has quickly become an international sensation.
This spellbinding new thriller opens when a young father fails to show up for supper on a snowy night just before Christmas. His is not the only sinister disappearance, and before the final breathtaking climax, a secret killer terrorizes an entire frightened town.
Despite being on maternity leave, Inspector Ann Lindell is determined to find John's murderer. The cruel cat-and-mouse game that follows leads Ann to a deadly confrontation with a treacherous killer. Ann must decide whether to take a huge risk that could result in many more dead bodies in the snow, including hers and that of her unborn child.
About the Author
Already a huge star in Europe and the Nordic countries, Kjell Eriksson has American critics raving also. Eriksson lives in Sweden.
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