The Stranger: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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A string of suspicious deaths points to a potential serial killer who has turned his eye toward Fjällbacka and her dark forests, where two children vanished decades before

A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn’t a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, yet she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a new television series begins shooting in Fjällbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars’ ...
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The Stranger: A Novel

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Overview



A string of suspicious deaths points to a potential serial killer who has turned his eye toward Fjällbacka and her dark forests, where two children vanished decades before

A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn’t a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, yet she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a new television series begins shooting in Fjällbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars’ every move, tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.
 
Detective Patrik Hedstrom finds himself increasingly unable to focus on the strange circumstances of the first case, but what if that holds the key to a series of other unsolved cases across Sweden? Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Patrik tackles his most challenging investigation yet.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Swedish author Läckberg’s engaging, if subpar, fourth crime thriller set in Fjällbacka (after 2012’s The Stonecutter), Det. Patrik Hedström investigates a local woman’s death in what appears to be a D.W.I. accident. Some things don’t add up, like the off-the-charts alcohol level for a victim, who everyone says never drank. Meanwhile, the battered corpse of one of the cast members of a reality TV show filming in Fjällbacka surfaces inside a garbage truck. Läckberg skillfully handles the ensuing probe—which will stretch over half of Sweden and into crimes dating back decades, including the abduction of a young brother and sister from Fjällbacka—as well as the domestic dramas dominating the life of writer and new mom Erica Falck, who is soon to wed Patrik. Less successful are the florid chapter-opening flashbacks and the puzzle’s farfetched solution. Hints of the next installment’s plot promise a return to form. Agent: Joakim Hansson, Nordin Literary Agency (Sweden). (May)
USA Today
“As with all Scandinavian murder mysteries, it’s darker, bleaker, and the plot far more sinister than similar american fare. Stieg Larsson fans who give Läckberg’s novel a chance to seduce them will be rewarded.”
Val McDermid
“Heart-stopping—a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing.”
The Washington Post
“One of those mysteries that ruin a vacation. Take it to the beach and your eyes will be so locked on its pages, you’ll never even know there’s an ocean in front of you.”
People
“Eerie. Läckberg will keep you guessing.”
Maureen Corrigan
“If Camilla keeps producing mysteries as richly textured and downright breathtaking as her latest, who knows? Maybe, one day, we might be identifying Agatha Christie as ‘the British Camilla Läckberg.'”
Ann Rule
“Fire and ice! Masterful suspense as compelling as secrets lying far beneath the dark sea. Läckberg is the perfect crime novelist who combines her gift for intriguingly complicated plots and a keen understanding of the ‘grotesques’ who live among us. Erotic and terrifying.”
People Magazine
“Eerie. Läckberg will keep you guessing.”
Library Journal
Sweden's best-selling author (The Stonecutter) has produced her best book to date in this fourth series entry. Det. Patrik Hedström and his fiancée, writer Erica Falck, are only six weeks away from their nuptials and have yet to start making formal plans. However, Hedström's participation in wedding preparations is derailed by his intense investigation into a suspicious suicide and the murder of a celebrity contestant from a popular reality show. Initially it appears the two incidents are unrelated, but further examination reveals plenty of surprising coincidences and twists that lead to an ever-broadening circle of complicity. VERDICT Läckberg presents a change from the usual Nordic mystery in her protagonist Patrik Hedström, who's not the typical deeply flawed, moody, and despairing character many detectives are in this genre. Highly recommended for Läckberg's many devotees as well as fans of cozy police procedurals.—Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Fjällbacka, which must already be the most crime-ridden little town in Sweden (The Stonecutter, 2012, etc.), gets both a serial killer and a reality program. Everyone knows that Marit Kaspersen hated liquor. So why did she have a toxic level of alcohol in her bloodstream when her car crashed into a tree? Before Detective Patrik Hedström and his colleagues on the Tanumshede police force can do more than establish that the accident that took Marit's life was no accident, a second murder claims their attention. With the full cooperation of wealthy Erling Larson and his compliant town council, TV producer Fredrik Rehn and the crew of misfit partiers he's assembled—bosomy Barbie, spoiled rich kid Calle, untalented singer Tina, bully-boy Uffe and neurotic Mehmet—have descended on the town to shoot Sodding Tanum. Larson, who's convinced that the show will put the place on the map, gets his wish in spades when one of the dim stars turns up strangled at the end of an especially enthusiastic round of partying, and the surviving cast members are the obvious suspects. Since Patrik is busy welcoming bright new colleague Hanna Kruse into his squad and preparing for his wedding to crime novelist Erica Falck, he scarcely has a moment to spare for the Kaspersen case. When he does look more closely into it, though, he soon realizes that it's linked to at least three far-flung earlier murders over a period of 10 years and perhaps even to the much higher-profile killing that's outraged locals without ever slowing down the production of Sodding Tanum. Patrik's still no great shakes as a detective—people keep bringing him crucial evidence other cops would have to hunt for—but the surprising punch the big reveal packs makes this the best of Läckberg's four appearances in English to date.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453298725
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 29,593
  • File size: 461 KB

Meet the Author



Camilla Läckberg worked as an economist in Stockholm until a course in creative writing triggered a drastic career change. Her novels have all been #1 best-sellers in Sweden and she is the most profitable native author in Swedish history. She was the #6 best-selling writer in Europe for 2009 and her novels have been sold in 35 countries. She lives in Stockholm.



Camilla Läckberg’s novels have all been #1 bestsellers in Sweden, and she was the #1 bestselling female author in Europe last year. Her novels have been published in thirty-five countries. Her previous novels are The Ice Princess, The Preacher, and The Stonecutter, a 2012 Washington Post Notable Book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Do not waste ur money

    Plot line was weak and not very plausiable. And nobody cares about Anna and her baggage through out the story.Finally i really dont think that the readers need page after page of mind numbing wedding details for Patrick and Erica. This book was a HUGE disappointment. I will not be purchasing more of her books in the future

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

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    Wonderful!!

    Camilla Lackberg has the unique ability to introduce a character one initially does not like, or finds annoying, and in subsequent books makes them more human and they turn out to be people to like! Her regular characters are unforgettable, and the mysteries are well plotted and the books are tough to put down. She has three more after 'The Stranger' but they are not available as e books yet, so I ordered the paperbacks for myself from the Isle of Guernsey! She is a new favorite author for me.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

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    Unlike some other Scandinavian authors, Camilla Lackberg¿s prota

    Unlike some other Scandinavian authors, Camilla Lackberg’s protagonist, Detective Patrik Hedstrom, is a relatively normal person, about to be married and living with Erica and their baby girl, surreptitiously running the small police station in a little western coastal town in Sweden, Fjallbacka nominally headed by a superior. Three things happen in the town to set off a wide-ranging investigation.

    First, Fjallbacka is invaded by a reality television show, with all the attendant problems and a cast motivated to drink, have sex and act in public to excess. And then, there is a local woman, known to abhor alcohol, who dies in a car crash with a blood level containing enormously high levels of alcohol. Then one night, after a drunken orgy, one of the contestants on the show is found murdered. Plenty to keep Patrik and his team occupied with few leads and plenty of questions.

    This is the fourth novel published by the author in the United States, and each has been consistently high quality, well-plotted, carefully translated and well written Perhaps most importantly, the characters are natural, every-day type of people, living typical lives and working hard. The plots move forward with logic, and the loose ends come together at the end smoothly. (It should perhaps be noted that this book was originally published in the UK and Canada under the title “The Gallows Bird.”) Highly recommended.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I have read all of her books that have been translated. You get to know more about the characters throughout the differnt books. Lots of twists and turns. Always a surprise at the end!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Again,well done

    I am hooked on this author. I have enjoyed each book she has written, and look forward to her next novel.

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