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Critical Praise

"The summer’s likeliest new Nordic hit."

The New York Times

"Stieg Larsson had a good feel for characters, but it’s his fellow Swede Kepler who has a direct line to a very dark place in the human soul."

—Lev Grossman, Time

"Belongs on every international crime fan’s reading list."


"The brutal slaying of gambling addict Anders Ek, his wife, and his younger daughter propels this outstanding thriller debut... A well-integrated subplot involving a gang of terrifying boys and girls adds to the suspense. Readers will look forward to seeing more of Linna in what one hopes will be a long series."

Publishers Weekly, (starred review)