“Linn Ståhl, a PhD student at KTH, is a more credible Lisbeth Salander, diligently hacking when she is not skateboarding, and policeman Rickard Stenlander is quietly mundane. The environment, especially around Hornstull on Södermalm in Stockholm, is observantly and closely depicted.”
The Man Who Played with Dolls
Linn Ståhl, a computer whiz and expert on encryption, is still a postgraduate student when the police ask for her help investigating a macabre murder. A young woman has been found dead in an apartment, her whole body covered in lacquer, giving her the appearance of a porcelain doll.
Linn has been active in Anti-Fascist Action – an organization that has been blacklisted by the Swedish Security Service – and has been sentenced for crimes against national security. In other words, she is very skeptical when she starts working with detectives Rickard Stenlander and Erik Svensson.
As the team struggles to catch the killer, right-wing forces are gaining ground in Sweden and Linn’s deeds have caught their attention. Her past is coming back to haunt her in unexpected ways.
“Linn Ståhl, a PhD student at KTH,is a more credible Lisbeth Salander, diligently hacking when she is not skateboarding, and policeman Rickard Stenlander is quietly mundane. The setting, especially around Hornstull on Södermalm in Stockholm, is perceptively and intimately depicted.”
“A strong debut.”
Rating 4 of 5, Läsa & Lyssna /Read & Listen
“Magnus Jonsson is a great writer! The setting and scenery is so vivid that it felt like being in Stockholm on a beautiful spring day. I will undoubtedly read the next book in the trilogy.”
A Bookaholic Swede
“The suspense is held up through the book and it blends with a humor that appears in the most unexpected situations. Which I totally love.”
Rating 4 of 5, Boktokig
“A very suspenseful Swedish thriller. Magnus Jonsson really can write and the murder case is just perfect, not quite like anything I’ve read before. I have high expectations for the next two parts of the trilogy!”
Book of the month October 2016, Bokraden