Kjell Eriksson is a master at making the pages turn faster and faster as the climax approaches. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed The Princess of Burundi, and with The Cruel Stars of the Night, readers of international crime fiction are about to enjoy some speed reading.
A killer with a grudge against elderly men plagues Police Inspector Ann Lindell in this follow-up to Best Swedish Crime Novel winner The Princess of Burundi. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Compelling... the author's squad of detectives displays the kind of interdependency and fractious loyalty that endeared Ed McBain's 87th Precinct squad to fans for so many decades." - Publishers Weekly"
In Swedish author Eriksson's fine second ensemble procedural (after 2006's The Princess of Burundi), members of the Uppsala Violent Crime Division try to connect the dots linking the separate murders of two old men and the disappearance of a third. Eriksson eschews crackling dialogue and facile descriptions in favor of longer, slower developing profiles of the principal men and women of the police unit: Ann Lindell, Ola Haver, Sammy Nilsson, Allan Fredricksson and others. Their investigation proceeds in parallel with the story of Laura Hindersten, daughter of the missing man. Eriksson balances these stories nicely as the detectives reach for clues. Lindell, the single mother of a young boy, emerges as the most compelling investigator, but the others are also distinct individuals. The author's squad of detectives displays the kind of interdependency and fractious loyalty that endeared Ed McBain's 87th Precinct squad (Cop Hater, etc.) to fans for so many decades. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.