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The Stranger (Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 4)


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Camilla Lackberg is a worldwide bestseller renowned for her brilliant contemporary psychological thrillers. Her novels have sold to more than 50 countries with translations into 25 languages. She has sold over 12 million copies to date and was Europe's ninth bestselling author last year.


Praise for Camilla Lackberg:

'The hottest female writer in Sweden' Independent

'Heart-stopping and heart-warming ... a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing' Val McDermid

'Pacy ... with flashing insight into the dark places of the psyche' Sunday Times

'Lackberg is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror' Guardian

'Both chilling and thrilling' Sun

Sweden's best-selling author (The Stonecutter) has produced her best book to date in this fourth series entry. Det. Patrik Hedstrom and his fiancee, writer Erica Falck, are only six weeks away from their nuptials and have yet to start making formal plans. However, Hedstrom's participation in wedding preparations is derailed by his intense investigation into a suspicious suicide and the murder of a celebrity contestant from a popular reality show. Initially it appears the two incidents are unrelated, but further examination reveals plenty of surprising coincidences and twists that lead to an ever-broadening circle of complicity. VERDICT Lackberg presents a change from the usual Nordic mystery in her protagonist Patrik Hedstrom, who's not the typical deeply flawed, moody, and despairing character many detectives are in this genre. Highly recommended for Lackberg's many devotees as well as fans of cozy police procedurals.-Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Inspector Patrik Hedstrom of the Fjallbacka Police Department returns in this latest tale of Swedish small town murder. A tragic car accident leaves a local woman dead and alcohol abuse seems to be the reason for the crash. But, from all accounts, the victim wasn't a drinker. And post mortem evidence leads Hedstrom to suspect foul play. But before he can fully begin his investigation Fjallbacka is thrown into chaos when a popular reality TV show begins filming there. And, when one of the show's young cast members is found murdered, Hedstrom and his team find themselves stretched to the limit as they search for the truth behind both deaths-a search that will take them well outside the confines of their little community. Simon Vance's smooth, leisurely reading fits well with Lackberg's prose, and capably draws the listener into the story. Vance effortlessly handles Swedish pronunciations and his dialogue is delivered with just enough vocal distinction to avoid confusion, but simple enough to avoid sounding forced. A Pegasus hardcover. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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