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YOU WILL NEVER BE FOUND

American readers will enjoy this dark, tightly plotted, and satisfying thriller.

A new novel from a Swedish author whose last book, We Know You Remember (2021), was named Swedish Crime Novel of the Year.

In the northernmost part of Sweden, the earth shakes as a mining company digs for ore and moves entire hamlets in the process, and many abandoned buildings collapse into rubble. Near a destroyed home, two young men hear “the cry of a caged animal” and discover a half-dead man trapped in a basement. A woman wanders through an abandoned area with her old Leica camera as part of her project to photograph forgotten places, “the sorrow of what once was.” In her darkroom she develops an image that shows a human hand. The forlorn town is named Offer, which is the Swedish word for victim. To the photographer, the name is “ominous…yet somehow it was also beautiful.” But to the police, it’s different. “What a goddamn name for a crime scene,” says Georg Georgsson, aka GG, who is lead investigator in the Violent Crimes Unit. Indeed, calling the hamlet the equivalent of Victim is laying on the drama a little thick in a tale that already has plenty. The main character is police assistant Eira Sjödin, who admires and reports to GG. She is a dedicated detective, but like everyone else, she has problems of her own, like having a wrongly imprisoned brother. It is a complex case made even more so when GG stops answering his telephone and no one knows where he is. The mystery becomes more tangled as details of GG’s life emerges. Eira and a colleague already had their hands full sifting through clues and looking for possible perpetrators, and now they must worry about their boss. Meanwhile in a dark basement, a ghastly scene makes police wonder what a person will do to survive.

American readers will enjoy this dark, tightly plotted, and satisfying thriller.

Pub Date: Jan. 10, 2023

ISBN: 978-0-063-11511-8

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2022

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THINK TWICE

A great premise leads through all the twists you’d expect to a thoroughly muddy final movement.

Sports agent Myron Bolitar meets the Setup Serial Killer, who’s found a highly effective way to keep anyone from connecting the dots.

There’s no arguing with DNA evidence, the ultimate forensic clincher. So when basketball player Greg Downing’s DNA is found on the scene where retired model Cecelia Callister and her son, Clay, were killed, the FBI comes calling on Myron to ask where they can find Greg. Myron’s a reasonable person to ask because Greg was his schoolmate and former client, the man who wooed and won Myron’s girlfriend away from him and made her Emily Downing. Try as he might, though, Myron can’t help much beyond repeating the obvious: Greg died three years ago, and his body was cremated. Since the Feds aren’t about to give up their search, Myron and his partner, financial advisor Win Lockwood, decide they’d better see if they can get ahead of this story by confirming or contradicting the story of Greg’s death. Meantime, a series of interleaved episodes show the killer eliminating a series of primary targets and framing secondary targets so convincingly for the murders, with special thanks to planted DNA, that it never occurs to the police to connect crimes that were so readily solved on their own. Complications arise when Myron’s thrown together with Jeremy Downing, the son he fathered in a pre-wedding tryst with Emily and then passed off as Greg’s, and when the allies of mob boss Joseph “Joey the Toe” Turant, who was locked up four years ago after his DNA-fueled conviction for the murder of Jordan Kravat, decide to lean on Myron to get him to reveal where Greg is.

A great premise leads through all the twists you’d expect to a thoroughly muddy final movement.

Pub Date: May 14, 2024

ISBN: 9781538756317

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Review Posted Online: March 23, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2024

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A CONSPIRACY OF BONES

Forget about solving all these crimes; the signal triumph here is (spoiler) the heroine’s survival.

Another sweltering month in Charlotte, another boatload of mysteries past and present for overworked, overstressed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.

A week after the night she chases but fails to catch a mysterious trespasser outside her town house, some unknown party texts Tempe four images of a corpse that looks as if it’s been chewed by wild hogs, because it has been. Showboat Medical Examiner Margot Heavner makes it clear that, breaking with her department’s earlier practice (The Bone Collection, 2016, etc.), she has no intention of calling in Tempe as a consultant and promptly identifies the faceless body herself as that of a young Asian man. Nettled by several errors in Heavner’s analysis, and even more by her willingness to share the gory details at a press conference, Tempe launches her own investigation, which is not so much off the books as against the books. Heavner isn’t exactly mollified when Tempe, aided by retired police detective Skinny Slidell and a host of experts, puts a name to the dead man. But the hints of other crimes Tempe’s identification uncovers, particularly crimes against children, spur her on to redouble her efforts despite the new M.E.’s splenetic outbursts. Before he died, it seems, Felix Vodyanov was linked to a passenger ferry that sank in 1994, an even earlier U.S. government project to research biological agents that could control human behavior, the hinky spiritual retreat Sparkling Waters, the dark web site DeepUnder, and the disappearances of at least four schoolchildren, two of whom have also turned up dead. And why on earth was Vodyanov carrying Tempe’s own contact information? The mounting evidence of ever more and ever worse skulduggery will pull Tempe deeper and deeper down what even she sees as a rabbit hole before she confronts a ringleader implicated in “Drugs. Fraud. Breaking and entering. Arson. Kidnapping. How does attempted murder sound?”

Forget about solving all these crimes; the signal triumph here is (spoiler) the heroine’s survival.

Pub Date: March 17, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9821-3888-2

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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