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Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin
  

Echoes from the Dead

Part of the Oland Quartet Series
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Winner of the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2009.

CWA Judges’ comments: ‘A Swedish mystery in which the island where the action takes place is as much a player in the drama as the people are. Julia’s young son goes missing and 20 years later, his sandal is sent to her father Gerlof. Julia’s still fresh anguish, and the old man’s patient piecing together of fragments of the history of the island bad boy, Nils Kant, create a powerful and moving drama with a stunning denouement. The island, misty and deserted, lonely and creepy, is the backdrop which contributes so much atmosphere to a finely written intrigue.’

Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2009.

One of the next big names to come out of Sweden. This thriller concerns a missing child with the mother returning to the scene 20 years later. It is complex with fluctuating time periods from 1945 to the present. It’s dark, full of doom and gloom and ultimately very sad, a fascinating, beautifully structured mystery.

If you like Johan Theorin you might also like to read books by Henning Mankell, Asa Larsson and Stieg Larsson.

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Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin

Can you ever come to terms with a missing child? Julia Davidsson has not. Her five-year-old son disappeared twenty years previously on the Swedish island of Oland. No trace of him has ever been found. Until his shoe arrives in the post. It has been sent to Julia's father, a retired sea-captain still living on the island.


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Evocative and haunting, with a subtle sense of menace that grows with each page -- Simon Beckett, author of The Chemistry of Death An impressive debut novel...Theorin's excellence in conveying bleak atmosphere is matched by his insight into sensitive family relationships * THE TIMES * Fantastic... Theorin's prose is wonderfully descriptive * GUARDIAN * There is warmth in Theorin's narrative and the gradual piecing together of the story leads to an unexpected denouement * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * Sheer storytelling grip such as this is relatively rare. A particular strength is the evocation of locale and atmosphere here; it is masterfully done * THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE *


About the Author

Throughout his life, Johan Theorin has been a regular visitor to the Baltic island of Oland. His mother’s family – sailors, fishermen and farmers - have lived there for centuries, nurturing the island’s rich legacy of strange tales and folklore. A journalist by profession, Johan now lives in Gothenburg. He is currently working on his second novel, and is planning a quartet of novels all set on Oland.

Echoes from the Dead (originally published in Sweden as Skumtimmen) is Johan’s first novel. In 2007 it was voted Best First Crime Novel by the authors and critics of the Swedish Academy of Crime, and it has been sold in sixteen countries. His second novel, The Darkest Room, (in Swedish Nattfak) was voted the Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2008.

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Publication date

3rd July 2009

Author

Johan Theorin

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Publisher

Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9780552774635

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