One afternoon in November, the SEB bank in Kungsträdgården is the target of a violent attack. Snipers positioned in the church tower across the parc kill several employees exiting from the bank. Detectives Rickard Stenlander and Erik Svensson are called to the scene. They first assume that central Stockholm has been hit by another terrorist attack, just months after the horrible events on Drottninggatan, but despite a massive Police effort, the perpetrators get away and appear to have left the country.
The team soon finds that all of the deceased were working in the same department of the bank. But who killed them - and why? Linn Ståhl, a young PhD student, encryption expert and active anti-fascist, is brought in to help analyse the victims’ computers. Linn soon realises that a lot of people had secrets to hide and that the right-wing group who previously attacked her might be involved again. She conducts her own parallel investigation to explore her suspicions and the deeper she digs the clearer it seems that her old enemies are back, and they are out to get her.
“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