"One of the best writers of Scandinavian crime fiction."—Harlan Coben
"She is in total control of plot and pace and conveys a chilling atmosphere."— The London Times
Reckless in the grip of passion, a successful event planner leaves his wife and children for his new lover. When he turns up murdered after a big night out, the spurned wife is a natural suspect.
But the motive widens when three cottages are set on fire in the peaceful vacation destination of Gotland Island. In order for Detective Anders Knutas to catch the killer, he must unravel the truth that lies hidden at the heart of a broken family—and face secrets of his own.
Mari Jungstedt is known for her intelligent plots and excruciating suspense novels. Her Anders Knutas series has made her the second best-selling crime-in-translation author published by Random House World, and her titles have been turned into popular movies and TV series with both European and American audiences.
About the Author
Mari Jungstedt: Mari Jungstedt is one of Sweden’s most popular crime fiction authors. More than 3 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. She crafts suspenseful and dramatic stories, often brutally violent while set against the serene and picturesque landscape of Gotland Island, Sweden. Six titles have been the basis for Swedish movies. Mari Jungstedt lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and has two children.
Tiina Nunnally: Tiina Nunnally (born 7 August 1952) is an American author and translator.
Nunnally was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She was an AFS exchange student to Århus, Denmark in 1969-70. She received her MA in 1976 from the University of Wisco
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While ostensibly a murder mystery in the small Swedish town in which the Anders Knutas series is located, the theme running through the novel is the effect of a mother’s attitudes on her children, and the detective’s relationship with his son. The mystery concerns who killed event planner Viktor Algard with poison the night of the successful party opening a new conference center. Initially, the question which arose was whether the murderer could have been someone who objected to the construction of the building. Then news that Viktor took on a new lover and told his wife he wanted a divorce results in additional suspects. First, of course, is the wife. Then when it was learned that the drink containing the poison was intended for the mistress, suspicion fell on her when she conveniently gave the glass to Viktor when she went to the ladies room. Knutas has his work cut out for him, as he tries to discover the truth of a mixed-up family and their attitude toward the mistress, and face his own problems with his son. It is an interesting juxtaposition in a tight plot which moves forward at a rapid pace. Recommended.