Vesteras, a small city, in Sweden, finds itself in the midst of a murder and DI Hansen, new to the job, wants the best team. All she has is a lazy detective who wanted her job, so she calls in the National CID, to solve the murder. Torkel,the head brings in his crew,Urusala, Vanya and Billy. They are on top of the job, complicated by the lazy one who gets in the way. On their second day, an old member of the team, Sebastian Bergman shows up. He is not liked by anyone, rude and obnoxious, however, Terkel recognizes he could use his expertise. Sebastian has a method to his madness in requesting to work with his old team, again. He keeps it quiet, but does ask Billy for assistance hunting down an address from a name. Sebastian has a difficult personality, but he is good at his job. He is very competitive, and each of the team members strive to one up him.
This was one of the most explicit novels, and it kept me on tenterhooks. The characters are all so well written,that I could see them in my mind's eye. All of the detectives with big egos, always wanting to best each other. The suspects all have some hidden secrets, and when investigated, well... Then, Sebastian Bergman, the biggest lout with nothing that exudes sex, is able to bed every woman he meets. He finds comfort in his sexual liaisons. He has one of the most interesting of personal stories, but he reveals very little. Having difficulty sleeping, his work as a criminal psychologist, leads him to varied places, literally and emotionally. Bergman is the man to look to. He often goes off on his own, and he is often right. Much to the team's dismay. They want to solve the murder, but THEY want to be the one who solves it. Bergman with his secrets and mysteries has the biggest surprise of his life!
Brilliant writing, terrific plot and characters brought to life, this is the stuff excellent murder mysteries are made of.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 03-29-13