The Beast

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Two children are found dead in a basement. Four years later, their murderer escapes from prison. The police know if he is not found quickly, he will kill again. But when their worst fears come true and another child is murdered, the situation spirals out of control. In an atmosphere of hysteria whipped up by the media, Fredrik Steffansson, father of the murdered child, decides he must take revenge. His actions will have devastating consequences. Winner of Scandinavia's most prestigious crime-writing award: The ...
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Two children are found dead in a basement. Four years later, their murderer escapes from prison. The police know if he is not found quickly, he will kill again. But when their worst fears come true and another child is murdered, the situation spirals out of control. In an atmosphere of hysteria whipped up by the media, Fredrik Steffansson, father of the murdered child, decides he must take revenge. His actions will have devastating consequences. Winner of Scandinavia's most prestigious crime-writing award: The Glass Key for Best Crime Novel of the Year.
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The escape of a convicted pedophile and child-killer sends shock waves through the quiet community he terrorized. In a small town not far from Stockholm, an unnamed predator, flush with desire, lures a pair of young girls to an abandoned building, where he imprisons, assaults and kills them. After a landlady discovers their mutilated bodies, Bernt Lund, a young man with obvious mental problems, is arrested, charged and convicted. Now the spotlight shifts to Ewert Grens, the veteran police detective who arrested Lund; Fredrik, the shattered father of one of the murdered girls; warden Lennart Oscarsson, who's having a torrid affair with one of his coworkers, Nils, unbeknownst to his wife, Karin; and the section of the prison reserved for violent criminals. While transporting Lund in shackles, disgruntled guard Ake Andersson loses his cool and beats up the prisoner. His easygoing coworker Ulrik Berntfors turns a blind eye, allowing Lund to escape and ramping up the anxiety among both closely concerned individuals and the community at large. When more victims follow, Fredrik turns vigilante to put an end to the crimes and to his deepening personal torment. He becomes a local hero, causing even more problems for local officials. A grim and compelling noir debut, written with cool precision and menacing immediacy. Any lack of familiarity with Swedish culture should double the suspense for American readers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780349118499
  • Publisher: Hodder General Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Anders Roslund
Award-winning journalist Anders Roslund and ex-criminal Börge Hellström are Sweden's most acclaimed fiction duo. Their unique ability to combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with searing social criticism in complex, intelligent plots has put them at the forefront of modern Scandinavian crime writing. In 2009, Three Seconds was awarded the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award for Swedish Crime Novel of the Year, previously won by both Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, and it was a top 10 best seller in Sweden for eight months.
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