Books by Ebba Segerberg

RAOUL WALLENBERG by Ingrid Carlberg
Released: March 8, 2016

"A riveting biography of a remarkable man."
The making of an unlikely hero. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Four OK stories capped by a perfect gem of a novella, 'The Pyramid,' which no fan of Wallander (The Man Who Smiled, 2006, etc.) should miss."
The early adventures of Kurt Wallander, that most human of all fictional detectives, are revealed in a collection of short mysteries. Read full book review >
THE DEMON OF DAKAR by Kjell Eriksson
Released: May 6, 2008

"In Lindell's seventh case, the third published in English (The Princess of Burundi, 2006, etc.), Eriksson's unique achievement is crafting a richly layered novel packed with sublime character detail out of which his murder puzzle seamlessly emerges."
Murder joins the menu at a trendy Swedish restaurant. Read full book review >
LET ME IN by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Worth taking a bite."
Part revenge fantasy, part horror story and part police investigation gone wrong, this debut vampire novel translated from the Swedish sinks its fangs into fresh territory. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2006

"Subtle characters and precise prose will keep readers interested until the surprising solution. Erikkson (The Illuminated Path, 1999, not reviewed, etc.) won the award for Best Swedish Crime Novel, and deservedly so. "
The murder of a young father baffles police and upsets many in the sleepy town where he lived. Read full book review >
LANG by Kjell Westö
by Kjell Westö, translated by Ebba Segerberg
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Smoothly and unobtrusively translated, this debut grabs, holds, then plunges you into a world pervaded by a kind of mundane grimness, dark in its own signature way: Nordic noir."
From Finland, a taut and elegant thriller about love, obsession and murder. Read full book review >
BEFORE THE FROST by Henning Mankell
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Though Mankell's novels can be painfully slow, they're never without their virtues, and this case is redeemed by the electricity between a father and daughter too much alike. "
Series mainstay Kurt Wallender makes room for his daughter. Read full book review >
FIREWALL by Henning Mankell
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Though the case is as overstuffed as you'd expect from exhaustive Mankell (The Fifth Woman, 2000, etc), resolute Wallander, lonely, unhappy, even at times desperate, is as magnetic as ever."
Despite 30 years of down-and-dirty police work, there are some things Swedish Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander's never seen, and he finds the murder of an Ystad cab driver by two middle-class girls, one barely a teenager, impossible to accept, depressing enough to generate first-time thoughts of quitting. The meaninglessness of the crime, the girls' bland resistance to anything resembling guilt, has him projecting onto them a final breakdown of civility and everything that implies. "We live in a vulnerable society," he tells himself darkly. But the killing is not the uncomplicated act of savagery it seemed at the outset. It turns out to have links to other cold-blooded murders and beyond them to the kind of quintessential 21st-century conspiracy a traditional cop—even one as skilled as Wallander—isn't equipped to plumb. He can only conclude dispiritedly that "we're hunting electronic elk." Even out of his depth, though, Wallander still retains an unquenchable curiosity wrapped in a spirit of pure bulldog—a relentlessness that prevents crimes in his bailiwick, even those he doesn't understand, from going unsolved. Relying on help from unlikely sources and ad hoc alliances to shore up his acknowledged information-age shortcomings, he catches the perps, foils the conspirators, and brings all concerned to justice—though not before suffering painfully himself from betrayal, that most bitter and old-fashioned of crimes. Read full book review >
ONE STEP BEHIND by Henning Mankell
Released: Feb. 28, 2002

"Maigret lives in this brilliant police procedural, the best of Wallander's adventures to date."
In Ystad, the middle-sized Swedish city that Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander (The Fifth Woman, 2000, etc.) tries to keep law-abiding, it seems he's succeeding: big crime has taken a holiday during a decorous summer. But Wallander, just returned from a holiday of his own, is feeling far less invigorated than he expected to. He's got no energy, no zest for the job, and no reason to plan for life much beyond 50, his doctor tells him grimly, unless he does something about the hours he works, the junk food he eats, and the exercise he assiduously avoids. Even as Wallander vows to reinvent himself, however, all hell breaks loose in Ystad, ending any dreams of peace for weary Wallander and his undermanned department. Three young celebrants of a bizarre, if probably harmless, Midsummer's Eve ritual, first thought to be only missing, are found murdered, executed by bullets to their heads. Next, one of Wallander's special officers is shotgunned to death in his own house. The homicides that follow give every indication of being somehow connected. Clearly, Ystad has a serial killer on its hands, a careful, crafty killer with an obsessive hatred for, of all things, happiness. Wallander, who has always maintained that there are "evil circumstances" and "evil conditions" but no people with evil "hardwired in their genes," is shaken. And then, one night, alone in the secluded woods, he knows he's being stalked by a monster. Read full book review >