Publication Date: Aug 01, 2017
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This best-selling Scandinavian thriller follows its troubled heroine as she investigates a high-profile robbery for Stockholm’s Violent Crimes Division.
Naked and bloody, a seven-year-old girl walks into a bank in central Stockholm in broad daylight and gets away with millions. Leona Lindberg of Stockholm’s Violent Crimes Division agrees to work on the case. With a long, distinguished history on the police force, she seems the perfect choice. But Leona is grappling with difficult issues of her own—a gambling addiction, a strained marriage—that could jeopardize the investigation. As she struggles to keep the volatile pieces of her life under control, the line between right and wrong becomes increasingly unclear, and even irrelevant.
This is a hardboiled crime novel, filled with unexpected twists and turns, featuring an unusual heroine. Leona makes for gripping reading while challenging feminine norms and questioning what is behind the choices we make.
Excerpt from Leona
No one had noticed her yet. Slowly and silently she crept along the narrow entrance mat toward the middle of the bank.
Her steps were determined.
Her gaze glassy.
She no longer felt the sores and dried blood on her naked, slender body. Only her heart distracted her. She could hear every beat. 1-2 . . . 3-4-5 . . . 6 . . . The beats were too fast and uneven to count. She hugged the teddy bear against her chest as hard as she could. The pounding felt softer then.
The fluorescents were harsh and bright compared to the subdued bluish-gray light outside. She squinted. Just a few more steps.
Right . . . left . . . right . . .
She stopped in the middle of the lobby. Without moving her head she looked around the room, taking in the high counters, the computers, the people in suits. She stood still for a brief moment before she slowly and quietly bent down to set the tape recorder on the marble floor. She lightly pressed the play button and straightened up.
A gruff male voice echoed throughout the bank: “My name is Olivia and I’m seven years old. Now listen carefully and do exactly as I say . . .”
“Jenny Rogneby is the new queen of Nordic noir. Her heroine is like no one else. And the way she writes! She grabs you and you just can’t stop reading.” —David Lagercrantz, New York Times best-selling author of The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millenium Series)
“The novel takes twists and turns that will leave any reader breathless…Rogneby has given us a book you cannot put down, through the frantic final pages that end on a cliffhanger sure to leave you dreading and anticipating what comes next.” —Woman Around Town
“There are stumbling steps into gray-black darkness. There are new robberies to commit. There are complications that are not just there to bewilder, but that really tickle and make the body itch. Yes, we are pulled into the kind of tension that makes it hard to stop reading, not just because it is thrilling (which it is), but because it in passing says something, mainly about Leona: the plain becomes slippery and I hold on tighter and tighter to the pages.” —Helsingborgs Dagblad
“The novel is a breath of fresh air and it has several unexpected twists, which makes it impossible to put down.” —The CrimeHouse