Author(s): Mons Kallentoft; Neil Smith (Translator)
It is Autumn in Linköping and the heavens have opened, but not even these biblical rains can wash away the blood of crimes past and present.
Then the brutally-stabbed body of self-made Internet billionaire Jerry Petersson is discovered floating facedown in the moat surrounding his home, the imposing Skogså Castle.
Malin Fors, the brilliant but flawed star of the Linköping police force, is already struggling to keep her life together following the recent murder attempt on her teenage daughter, Tove. Now, as the Petersson case forces Malin to delve deep into Linköping's history and her own family's past, the secrets she uncovers threaten to drown her, too . . .
'My current favourite among the Scandinavian crime writers is another Swede, Mons Kallentoft. So far, three of his Malin Fors books have been translated into English: Midwinter Sacrifice, Summertime Death and Autumn Killing. I loved them all, particularly for the way Kallentoft gives a voice to his victims.' -- Alex Gray Praise for Mons Kallentoft's MALIN FORS series -- ... 'Kallentoft's books have been called beautiful, exquisite and original. I can see why.' -- Literary Review 'He has a completely unique style, an exquisite narrative that you drink in with pleasure ... I'm convinced: a crime novel doesn't get much more beautiful than this' -- Kristian Stadsbladet 'Don't bother with Stieg Larsson, Kallentoft is better' -- Magnus Utvik, Sweden's leading critic 'One of the best-realised female heroines I've read by a male writer' -- Guardian 'The highest suspense' -- Camilla Lackberg, international bestselling author of The Stonecutter 'The strengths of this complex and excellent novel include realistic dialogue, thorough characterisation and concern for social issues' -- New Zealand Listener 'It is Kallentoft's characterisation and distinctive, often poetic style which make his crime-writing more memorable than most ... It is compelling reading. The atmosphere of oppressive heat creates the sense of a hell on earth, where evil thrives. It is a powerful and disturbing vision.' -- Canberra Times 'Meditative. Dark. Really, really cold ... This is a worthy successor to Larsson's Millennium trilogy ... This first installment in Kallentoft's crime series is a splendid representative of the Swedish crime novel, in all its elegance and eeriness.' -- Booklist Starred Review
Mons Kallentoft grew up in a working-class household in the provincial town of Linkoping, Sweden, where the Malin Fors series is set. Before becoming a writer, he worked in journalism and is also a keen food critic. His first novel, Pesetas, was awarded the Swedish equivalent of the Whitbread Award. He has been married to Karolina for over 20 years, and they live in Stockholm with their daughter and son.His novels are translated into English by Neil Smith.Visit Mons' website at www.monskallentoft.se and his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MonsKallentoft and follow him on Twitter @Kallentoft