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.
Theorin certainly knows how to create an eerie and creepy atmosphere and of course having set his book in Sweden the long dark nights help to build the chilling tension.This is the second of a trilogy of stories set on the Swedish island of Oland. You don’t need to have read the first story, Echoes of the Dead, but we are sure after reading this you will want to.
How close can you get to the truth...before you become the target?Jerry Morner lives quietly in a cabin by the old quarry, hurting no one. Or that’s what he wants people to believe. It takes one spark and a can of petrol to expose the truth.The fire is deadly. Not for Jerry, but for the two strangers found burnt to death inside. His son starts to search for answers. But he soon realises that some secrets are better left to the dead.
Summer on the beautiful Swedish island of OEland. Visitors arrive in their thousands, ready to enjoy the calm and relaxation of this paradise. Amongst them is Jonas Kloss, excited at the prospect of staying with his aunt, uncle and older cousins. But it is not as he had hoped. One night he takes a boat out onto the moonlit sea. A ship looms out of the darkness and the horror he finds on board is unimaginable. Fleeing for his life, Jonas arrives at the door of an elderly islander, Gerlof Davidsson. Once Gerlof has heard his tale of dead sailors and axe-wielding madmen, he realizes that this will be a summer like none other OEland has ever seen. For one man - the Homecomer - this is a very special journey. He seeks revenge that he's waited a lifetime to exact...