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The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 1)


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Camilla Lackberg is a worldwide bestseller renowned for her brilliant contemporary psychological thrillers. Her novels have sold over 20 million copies in 55 countries with translations into 37 languages.


Praise for The Ice Princess':

`Heart-stopping and heart-warming, `The Ice Princess' is a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing' Val McDermid

`Camilla Lackberg is a more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian crime writers translated into English. With its sharp emotional nuances and psychological insight, `The Ice Princess' builds in suspense as the author turns her clear eye on the buried secrets and contemporary relationships of a small, isolated community. I predict that Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as poplular here as they are in her native Sweden' Peter Robinson

`Another top-class Scandinavian crime writer reaches the British market' The Times

`A welcome new voice in crime fiction' Woman & Home

`Has a brooding quality redolent of its barren Swedish landscapes... intriguing and not a little disturbing' Irish Times

`Chilly, deceptive and lucid, just like the icy environment it describes' Literary Review

European reviews for The Ice Princess:

`The plot is simply superb, in an almost Agatha Christie-style. The cast of characters emerge with clarity and feel quite genuine... secrets come out in the 331-page book that bring about more things than murder. I read it in one go. A book that you can't put down' Sala Allehanda

`Camilla Lackberg is a Crime Queen' Bild am Sontag

`Strong portrayals and ice-cold suspense from Sweden's new Agatha Christie' My Life

`Ingenious' Metropol

'This is unputdownable. Lackberg keeps the thrills coming until the very end' Viva

'Camilla Lackberg was voted Swedish Writer of the Year for 2005. Bring on the next one!'

`An amazingly mature, well thought-out and exciting criminal novel... Lackberg stands out as the best first-time offender of the year' Jury

Erica Falck returns to her hometown of Fjallbacka, Sweden, now a budding resort town, to wrap up her late parents' estate and is devastated to learn of the suspicious death of her childhood friend, Alex. Writing a thinly disguised novel based on Alex's life, she becomes romantically involved with the detective on the case. Through the lives of the suspects, Lackberg reveals the sordidness of the town's wealthy families and the resounding effects of child abuse. Though this first entry in a new seven-book series, the author's U.S. debut, has been highly acclaimed on the European continent, North American audiences wanting to immerse themselves in the Swedish setting may find that narrator David Thorn's British pronunciations and dialect make for a disjointed listening experience. Recommended only where Scandinavian crime fiction does well. [The Harper hc was recommended for "readers who enjoy Louise Penny's small-town atmosphere," LJ 5/1/10; the Free Pr. pb will publish in March 2011.-Ed.]-Sandy Glover, Camas P.L., WA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Lackberg arrives in the U.S. with a first-class mystery (the first in a series), making her the latest Swedish import of Scandinavian intrigue and murder. Erica Falck is an author of biographies who has come to the small coastal town of Fjallbacka to attend to the affairs of her recently deceased parents. While she's there, she comes across the body of an old childhood friend, Alexandra ("Alex") Wijkner, frozen in a bathtub, an apparent suicide. But when she is asked to write a tribute to her friend, Erica begins to suspect that the woman did not take her own life, a suspicion confirmed by the autopsy results that Alex was murdered. What follows is a subtle, character-driven, mystery that David Thorn presents with a calm, cool delivery, perfectly suited to the material. His characterizations are expressed simply, with no over-the-top theatrics, but he still manages to give each character his or her own unique voice while keeping the story moving at a measured, easy to follow pace. His pronunciation of the Scandinavian names and locations deserves special mention. A Pegasus hardcover. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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