The irascible, obdurate, and very thirsty Detective Superintendent Evert Bäckström of the National Murder Squad returns in a new novel from the reigning master of Scandinavian fiction.
It's the dead of summer in the sleepy town of Växjö when 20-year-old police cadet Linda Wallin is found lying face down in her mother's apartment, brutally murdered and raped. With no clear motive or suspect in sight, a series of bureaucratic mix-ups causes the National Crime Unit to send Bäckström and his team into the countryside to solve the case. The ever-irritable Bäckström leaves his beloved goldfish behind, checks into a local hotel, and begins to reconstruct the night of Linda's murder. But with more than a few bottles in tow and a constantly growling stomach to look after, things don't go so well, and Bäckström has to rely on the help of his colleagues to solve the crime - no matter how angry that makes him.
"This may be just what fans of Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson are looking for." (Booklist)
"Exceptional.... Persson writes with a sure hand and sharp insight.... Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction will eat it up." (Library Journal)
"Laced with irony and satire.... Persson does a fine job of pitting one desperate soul against another in a philosophically charged tale worthy of Ingmar Bergman - but with lots more guns." (Kirkus Reviews)
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