An ultra-gritty piece of contemporary Swedish noir, set in a decrepit, highly atmospheric 1930s Stockholm that is a far cry from the modern, egalitarian capital city of today. The writing's on the wall for Harry Kvist. Once a notorious boxer, he nowspends his days drinking, and his nights chasing debts amongst the pimps, prostitutes and petty thieves of 1930s Stockholm. When women can't satisfyhim, men can. But one biting winter's night he pays a threatening visit to adebtor named Zetterberg, and when the man is found dead shortlyafterwards, all eyes are on Kvist. Determined to avoid yet another stint in prison, Kvist sets out to track downthe only person who can clear his name. His hunt will lead him from the city'sslums, gangster hideouts and gambling dens to its most opulent hotels andelite nightclubs. It will bring him face to face with bootleggers and whores, aristocrats and murderers. It will be the biggest fight of his life. Blending noir with gritty violence, Clinch is a visceral, compulsive thriller thatpacks a punch and leaves you reeling.
About the Author
Born in 1974, Martin Holmen studied history, and now teaches it at a Stockholm secondary school. Clinch is his first novel, and the first instalment in the planned trilogy about Kvist: Out for the Count and Slugger will also be published by Pushkin Vertigo."