This is a pretty good mystery/thriller set in Sweden. It’s book 9 of a series, but can be read as a stand alone. I’m sure I missed some nuances regarding the characters and their interactions, but there was enough information to provide me a good idea of what was what. The story is told in two different time periods. The first part of the story is told in 2006 while the main character, Anita, is a detective in the Criminal Investigation Squad. As one of only two women in the unit, the women are thought of as less capable and are treated unequally, especially by Chief Inspector Erik Moberg. The team is tasked with tackling the aftermath of an armed robbery at a cash handling facility in Malmö. The raid left one security guard dead and there was no sign of the stolen millions. The team eventually thinks they’ve solved the crime, but aren’t able to convict who they believe is the mastermind of the operation.
In the present day, Anita is now the Chief Inspector of the unit. Her first big case is an old couple’s apparent suicide pact, but if it is murder as she suspects, there seems to be no motive or suspects. Complicating her life further is the arrival of an FBI agent whose mission is to track down a Swede accused of a murder in Chicago, who just happens to have ties to the old cash handling heist.
Overall this book was pretty good, although it moved far too slowly for my taste. The characters were well-developed and the plot was good, but I felt there was far too much detail provided, which added unnecessary bulk to the story. I was able to figure out the twist pretty early, but I still enjoyed reading how it all played out. But these are minor complaints unique to me. Readers that enjoy intricately detailed mystery thrillers will really enjoy this book.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Love Book Tours and McNidder & Grace. All opinions are my own.
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