Synopses & Reviews
From the new kid on the block in Scandinavian crime, this atmospheric debut has already reached the top 10 in Sweden One December morning in a small rural town on the Swedish coast, Ake Melkersson is on his way to work when his car breaks down. He spots a garage nearby, but as he approaches he realizes something is wrong. The owner of the garage lies dead, sprawled on the ground, his lower body crushed where a car has repeatedly driven over him. The murder investigation is led by Inspector Christian Tell, known as something of a lone wolf, but he has very few clues to go on and the deceased's wife is out of the country on holiday. Cut to 10 years earlier—Maya Granith is living at a college for troubled teenagers after escaping her shattered home and her neurotic mother. But when an older student takes an overbearing interest in her things begin to go wrong. Back in the present, another murder occurs when a man is shot in the head; again his body is driven over several times. Tell is becoming increasingly involved with a reporter but their relationship is complicated—especially when aspects of the case remind the reporter of someone she knew who went missing 10 years earlier.
"Simple but effective prose distinguishes Ceder's procedural debut from the Scandinavian crime fiction pack. When Swedish factory worker Ã…ke Melkersson's car begins to fail early one morning, he decides to stop at an auto repair shop off a country road. The only person Ã…ke finds lies dead on the ground outside the shop. That person, later identified as photographer Lars Waltz, was shot in the head, execution style, and then repeatedly run over by a car. Soon after Insp. Christian Tell starts his inquiry, a near identical crime claims another life. Flashbacks to the early 1990s tip the reader to the killer's motive, but the whodunit aspect is secondary to a nuanced study of Tell, who can't stop himself from making some serious missteps along the way. Ceder conjures a vivid sense of place, and the byplay among the inspector's police colleagues rings true. Karin Fossum fans will find much to like." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A good psychological crime novel that will appeal to fans of Wallander and Steig Larsson." —Choice
"A substantial, rounded novel and a welcome newcomer to Scandinavian crime fiction." —Eurocrime
"Simple but effective prose distinguishes Ceder's procedural debut from the Scandinavian crime fiction pack" —Publishers Weekly
"Ceder conjures a vivid sense of place, and the byplay among the inspector's police colleagues rings true." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
is a counselor and social worker. This is her debut novel.