Author(s): Mons Kallentoft
'An investigation consists of a mass of voices, the sort you can hear, and the sort you can't. You have to listen to the soundless voices, Malin. That's where the truth is hidden.' Early one morning in the coldest winter in Swedish memory, police detective Malin Fors is called away from the warm flat she shares with her teenage daughter. The naked body of a man has been found hanging from a tree on the deserted, frozen plain outside the town of Linkoping. From the outset Malin is confronted with a host of unanswered questions: Who is the dead man? How did he end up in a tree? And where did the strange wounds on his body come from? Malin and her team must search for the truth in a community that seems determined to keep its secrets, and follow in the frigid wake of a killer to the darkest corners of the human heart.
The stunning first instalment in the internationally bestselling Malin Fors series of Swedish crime novels, a Richard & Judy Bookclub selection.
'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 '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' -- Kristianstadsbladet 'A gripping opening gambit ... Investigating inspector Malin Fors is a feisty single mother, whose flaws are intriguing and endearing ... The chillingly suspense-filled story works up to a truly stunning finale.' -- Easy Living 'Sharp writing and original insights add spice' -- Literary Review 'This is a dark novel, full of awful people and desperate loneliness. Kallentoft is ruthless in his descriptions, but there is a great story here with solid police work leading Fors to the tale of the dead man in the tree. A must for the fans of Swedish crime novels.' -- Globe and Mail 'Most successful as an in-depth exploration of small-town life in a country which is theoretically democratic and egalitarian, but only on the surface.' -- Canberra Times 'Kallentoft is gifted ... He has a knack for characterisation and describing the slow burn of police work.' -- The Age (Australia) 'A cleverly crafted ... dark multilayered murder mystery' -- Courier Mail (Australia) 'Malin Fors is an intriguing and complex heroine ... MIDWINTER SACRIFICE shows the hidden life under the picturesque surface ... Kallentoft is an outstanding writer' -- Nordic Bookblog 'More very impressive input from another Scandinavian writer with something refreshingly different to say and with a different way of saying it ... the background of Sweden in the grip of a cruel and punishing winter is brought vividly to the page. His illustration of the complex character of his heroine is also impressive ... An impressive book.' -- Tangled Web 'Engaging' -- Manly Daily (Australia) 'Gripping' -- New Books Magazine 'Delivers in spades' -- Sunday Herald Sun (Australia) 'Delivers in spades' -- Hobart Mercury 20111130 'An all-round chilling read, and an interesting beginning to what will be a fascinating five-part series of crime fiction page turners featuring the policewoman.' -- Sunshine Coast Daily (Australia) 20111130 'The prose is spare and the dead man whispers to the detective which she seems to hear and transform into an unerring instinct for the truth.' -- South Coast Register 20111130
Mons 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.