In an overcrowded Stockholm underground station a father and his two boys are late for their train. Joel, the youngest, is howling in his pushchair and his seven-year-old brother, Kristoffer, refuses to take the lift. A woman approaches and offers to lead Kristoffer up the stairs. Reluctantly his father agrees, but when he arrives on the platform Kristoffer and the woman have vanished without a trace. Many years later, Joel, now an adult, goes missing in suspicious circumstances. His wife turns to Danny Katz - an old friend - for help. But Katz isn't the only one trying to find Joel, and the deeper he digs the more secrets he uncovers about the wealthy and powerful family at the heart of the investigation. Then suddenly, the case takes a dramatic new turn.
As someone who covers a great deal of Scandinavian fiction, the question this reviewer is most often asked is: when will the Nordic Noir invasion end? And the answer is simple: not for quite a while yet, as long as books as individual and challenging as The Boy in the Shadows continue to appear. In a crowded station, a father struggling with his recalcitrant family when a woman offers to help with the little boy – but then she and the child vanish without a trace. Years pass, and the missing boy’s brother – now an adult – also disappears under suspicious circumstances, and an old friend of the family, Danny Katz, finds himself with a baffling mystery to solve.
Publication date: 29/01/2015
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||29th January 2015|
|Publisher:||Quercus Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense,|
Carl-John Vallgren is the author of eight novels. His The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot won the Swedish August Prize for novel of the year. He lives in Stockholm.More About Carl-Johan Vallgren