"Cold shivers run down my spine after reading just a few pages."Göteborgs Tidningen (Sweden)
As the bird flu pandemic reaches Gotland Island, panic spreads among the inhabitants who are frantic for an elusive cure. In the desperation that rises, the hunt for scapegoats begins, and extremist and anti-immigrant groups gain ground. Meanwhile, nurse Sandra Hägg makes a gruesome discovery at the health clinic where she worksa discovery that will cost her life. Soon Detective Inspector Maria Wern is assigned to solve the murder. Strange Bird, the first novel in the Maria Wern series in English, showcases Anna Jansson's mastery of both hair-raising crimes and the inner lives of her beloved characters.
Ruben Nilsson stepped outside into the dusk of a summer's evening, knocked his pipe against the veranda railing and looked around the garden. Had he known how short was the time he would be allowed to live, he might have been less leisurely.
Anna Jansson has established herself as one of Sweden's most popular crime writers, selling over two million copies in more than ten countries. Her titles have been adapted into movies, which were broadcast in the United States in 2012. Jansson lives in Örebro, Sweden.
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About the Author
Anna Jansson has established herself as one of Sweden's elite crime writers. Before becoming an author, she worked as a nurse and continues to do so part-time at Örebro Hospital's lung clinic. She holds frequent lectures on ethical issues related to medical care and has had several essays included in academic books related to health care. Jansson has three children and lives in Vintrosa outside of Örebro, Sweden.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The strange bird of the title is a pigeon that somehow arrives in Gotland from Belarus. It is also conveniently found by a pigeon fancier named Ruben Nilsson who takes it into his cote. Ruben discovers the bird's origin from the band on his leg, but the next day, the bird is dead and soon all the rest of his pigeons and Ruben too are dead of a variant of the flu. Ruben manages to infect his neighbor, Berit, who cooks for kids at a soccer camp, and so the flu spreads. The reader is immediately intrigued. Bird flu is not currently spread by pigeons and thankfully, not spread by human to human contact. The strange bird is obviously a genetically modified organism. But what is the motive? Is it an act of terrorism? And how are the three mysterious murders that Maria Wern and colleagues are investigating connected to each other? to the epidemic? The story within this story is how people react to the epidemic. The need for quarantine makes people afraid, angry, and only to eager to break the rules. The Swedish medical establishment does not react well. The politicians are first to jump ship (leave Gotland). And where are the rest of the world's medical organizations (WHO, CDC, etc.) when the news gets spread? Since the epidemic is on a small island, it ought to be easy to contain? eBook translation is by Koch and is much better than the paper translation by Norlen.