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The irascible, obdurate, and very thirsty Detective Superintendent Evert B ckstr m of the National Murder Squad returns in a new novel from the reigning master of Scandinavian fiction.
It's the dead of summer in the sleepy town of V xj when twenty-year-old police cadet Linda Wallin is found lying facedown in her mother's apartment, brutally murdered and raped. With no clear motive or suspect in sight, a series of bureaucratic mix-ups causes the National Crime Unit to send B ckstr m and his team into the countryside to solve the case. The ever-irritable B ckstr m leaves his beloved goldfish behind, checks into a local hotel, and begins to reconstruct the night of Linda's murder. But with more than a few bottles in tow, and a constantly growling stomach to look after, things don't go so well, and B ckstr m has to rely on the help of his colleagues to solve the crime--no matter how angry that makes him.