Winter was chilling. Summer will be brutal. Every season is perfect for murder.As the temperature in Sweden reaches a record-breaking 45-, forest fires break out. All those who have failed to escape Linkoping for the summer take shelter indoors, shocked and paralysed by the heat.However, when a teenage girl is discovered naked and bleeding in the local park, it is clear that the raging heat is not the only plague affecting the town.Then a second girl is found dead.Alarmed by the fact that the victims are the same age as her daughter, Tove, detective Malin Fors will work round-the-clock to capture the perpetrator. But as every lead comes to nothing, it is as though the oppressive heat is clogging up the wheels of her investigation. And time is not on Malin's side ...
The second book in the internationally bestselling Malin Fors series of Swedish crime novels, the first of which, MIDWINTER SACRIFICE, was a Richard & Judy Bookclub selection.
'Kallentoft's books have been called beautiful, exquisite and original. I can see why.' -- Literary Review 'He has a completely unique style, an exquisite narrative that you drink in with pleasure ... I'm convinced: a crime novel doesn't get much more beautiful than this' -- Kristian Stadsbladet 'Don't bother with Stieg Larsson, Kallentoft is better' -- Magnus Utvik, Sweden's leading critic 'One of the best-realised female heroines I've read by a male writer' -- Guardian 'The highest suspense' -- Camilla Lackberg, international bestselling author of The Stonecutter 'The strengths of this complex and excellent novel include realistic dialogue, thorough characterisation and concern for social issues' -- New Zealand Listener 'It is Kallentoft's characterisation and distinctive, often poetic style which make his crime-writing more memorable than most ... It is compelling reading. The atmosphere of oppressive heat creates the sense of a hell on earth, where evil thrives. It is a powerful and disturbing vision.' -- Canberra Times 'Meditative. Dark. Really, really cold ... This is a worthy successor to Larsson's Millennium trilogy ... This first installment in Kallentoft's crime series is a splendid representative of the Swedish crime novel, in all its elegance and eeriness.' -- Booklist Starred Review
Mons Kallentoft grew up in a working-class household in the provincial town of Linkoping, Sweden, where the Malin Fors series is set. Before becoming a writer, he worked in journalism and is also a keen food critic. His first novel, Pesetas, was awarded the Swedish equivalent of the Whitbread Award. He has been married to Karolina for over 20 years, and they live in Stockholm with their daughter and son.His novels are translated into English by Neil Smith.Visit Mons' website at www.monskallentoft.se and his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MonsKallentoft and follow him on Twitter @Kallentoft