Release Date: 27/09/12
A frosty December night in Stockholm. Inside the City Hall, over a thousand guests attend the prestigious Nobel Prizewinners' dinner. With a lavish meal laid on to the backdrop of a full orchestra, this is one of the city's most glamorous events of the year. But things are different tonight. Two shots are fired on the dance floor. Crime reporter Annika Bengtzon is there, covering the event for the Evening Post. As the police realize she caught a glimpse of the suspect, she is far more interested in getting back to the newsroom. But as more brutal murders follow, Annika finds herself in the middle of something far larger than she had anticipated. No longer just a reporter but also a vulnerable key witness, she begins to close up the gaps linking these crimes, just as the suspect starts closing the net on Annika herself...
Liza Marklund is an one of the Scandinavian Crime Thrillers that burst onto the scene a while ago and has managed to keep me engrossed as a reader ever since. The tale takes you deep into the landscape where the people are as determined and rugged as the landscape and when backed with Liza’s wonderfully descriptive writing style really helps the reader to not only engage but find it hard to put down.
Add to the mix some top notch prose and a principle player that you just can’t help but love which all in for me, makes this a real gem of a title for those dark Autumn/Winter nights when all you want to do is snuggle up in a warm duvet and sup that hot chocolate whilst you scare yourself silly. Great stuff.