Synopses & Reviews
Already a huge star in Europe and the Nordic countries, Kjell Eriksson has American critics also raving, with almost every review studded with words like "stunning," "chilling," "suspenseful," "haunting," and "brilliant." In The Demon of Dakar, Ann Lindell and her motley crew of colleagues are faced with a most baffling murder case in which all clues lead straight back to a popular local restaurant named Dakar. The owner, Slobodan Andersson, has some shady connections in his past, and his partner's reputation is equally murky. The kitchen crew is not above suspicion, either. The meat chef is an oddball, to say the least, while unbeknownst to the rest, the newest hire's personal life is a tangled web of lies. Even Eva Willman, the seemingly blameless older woman returning to the workforce as a waitress, has skeletons in her closet. And then the tension rachets up a number of notches as it becomes apparent that one murder has not satisfied the killer in the least. If Ann is to prevent a bloodbath at Restaurant Dakar, she must match wits with a killer whose motives are seemingly completely obscure. But the reader knows the killer well. His crimes are justified from his point of view. Not only that, he's a very likable fellow who is only looking for justice. As in all of Kjell Eriksson's compelling spellbinders, though, justice entails a frantic race to the finish, a race without rules and fraught with danger.
"Swedish author Eriksson's masterful ensemble procedural, the third available in the U.S. after The Cruel Stars of the Night (2007), immerses the reader in the ordinary and extraordinary lives of detective Ann Lindell and her colleagues of the Uppsala police force. The odd assemblage of characters who engage the interest of the police include a Mexican peasant, Manuel Alavez, who has traveled to Sweden to see his imprisoned brother; a restaurant owner, Slobodan Andersson, whose successful restaurants, Dakar and Alhambra, owe much to shady funds and his unusual partner, Armas; and a single mother, Eva Willman, for whom a waitressing job opens new vistas. After Armas is found dead of a knife wound, others get caught up in the turmoil caused by the crimes of a few. There are plenty of shades of gray in this tale told with wry humor, compassion and a fine understanding that in life often things cannot be resolved either neatly or completely." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Unanimous Praise for Kjell Eriksson "Kjell Eriksson's crime novels are among the very best."- Henning Mankell "Riveting...resembles the books of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, not to mention those of the modern master Henning Mankell."- The Wall Street Journal on The Princess of Burundi "Moving...Eriksson understands the pathology of suffering humanity and explores it with the utmost tenderness."- The New York Times Book Review on The Cruel Stars of the Night "Ingenious...a chillingly well-drawn psychotic...very satisfying."- Los Angeles Times on The Princess of Burundi "Terrific...subtly brilliant...compellingly suspenseful."- San Francisco Chronicle on The Princess of Burundi "Eriksson is a major talent, and his feel for ensemble narrative will have McBain devotees enthralled."- Booklist on The Cruel Stars of the Night
“Kjell Erikssons crime novels are among the very best.”
- Henning Mankell
“With Kjell Eriksson, what we find is an extraordinary depth of feeling for honest people caught up in serious crime. [In The Demon of Dakar], Eriksson shows how crime undermines the foundations of both family and community.”
- The New York Times Book Review
“Intriguing . . . complex . . . will appeal to fans of Fossum and Tursten. A must for the growing contingent of Swedish crime-fiction devotees.”
“Riveting . . . its hard to see how the author could do any better. Eriksson is a gifted storyteller and a great creator of character . . . terrific.”
- The Globe and Mail
“An outstanding series . . . links between the murder at Dakar and other violent crimes heighten the urgency as more bloodshed looms. . . . Ably translated—has a big cast and a wide canvas, but Mr. Eriksson is careful to keep the story on a human scale.”
- The Wall Street Journal
In Eriksson's riveting new novel, his series detective Ann Lindell finds that one of her leading suspects in a brutal murder investigation owns half of a fancy restaurant named Dakar. His partner is murdered, and everyone who works at the restaurant is under suspicion.
Winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel, international sensation Kjell Eriksson has quickly built a name for himself in the United States. In this highly acclaimed follow-up to The Cruel Stars of the Night, Manuel Alavezs life is in ruins. One of his brothers is dead, the other is in jail, and the man who double-crossed both men is running a high-class successful restaurant. A series of dramatic events inevitably leads to murder, and Inspector Ann Lindell is forced to sample many fine meals at the restaurant as she attempts to thwart a cunning killer.
About the Author
Kjell Eriksson's novels are instant bestsellers in Sweden, and his popularity is skyrocketing in Germany, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands. The Demon of Dakar is his third mystery to be published by Minotaur in the United States; previous titles include The Cruel Stars of the Night and The Princess of Burundi, winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel. He lives in Uppsala, Sweden.