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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444776304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444776300
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The gripping fifth installment in the internationally bestselling Malin Fors series, perfect for fans of Scandinavian crime fiction and The Killing.

About the Author

Mons Kallentoft grew up in a working-class household in the provincial town of Linkoping, Sweden, where the Malin Fors series is set. Before becoming a writer, he worked in journalism and is also a keen food critic. His first novel, Pesetas, was awarded the Swedish equivalent of the Whitbread Award. He has been married to Karolina for over 20 years, and they live in Stockholm with their daughter and son.

His novels are translated into English by Neil Smith.

Visit Mons` website at www.monskallentoft.se and his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MonsKallentoft and follow him on Twitter @Kallentoft


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cartoon on 27 May 2014
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Malin is sober now and in a relationship and so I feel that Mons writing is back on track . Yes its a very gruesome story about women who are attacked , trafficked and mutilated , I wouldn't want to read it whilst eating or before bed time . It did however have me utterly hooked . I know recently there has been criticism for the amount of violence especially against women in Nordic noir , but the dark belly of life shown in these type of crime books is exactly why I enjoy them [ I cant read James Patterson and all the American stuff as I find that violence too computer game and badly written]. But I guess if you enjoy midsummer murders then this isn't for you . Yes Mons does enjoy using the devise of the dead / spirits talking but I felt that only sucked me in further to the darkness inside the Swedish forest . I shall not be going for a walk in the woods for a while . Brilliant .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2014
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Right, OK before we get started please remember that this is the fifth book in the Malin Fors’ series) so in my opinion if you haven’t read what has gone before, don’t start here, go back to the first and have a real treat.

As with other Scandinavian Crime Writers, this title is a book that works wonderfully well for the reader, the description of the landscape works wonderfully well which when blended with the bleakness of the scenario alongside characters that leap from the page, make this a book that is hard to put down. The prose is sharp, the dialogue wonderfully rich and when added to a rich background all round makes this a top notch read for those who like to get into something that will stay with them long after the final page is turned. Cracking.
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It's an interesting read and certainly gripping. I was initially surprised that the writer is male, but on reflection, find it pretty much in keeping with modern Swedish thought. There does seem to be a trend in Swedish society that insists men should be apologetic about being men, and defer to women as the superior sex. It's been noted many times that Swedish women are confident; Swedish men are diffident to the point of being neurotic. This comes out of this book and makes it uncomfortable reading. Kallentoft appears to be apologising for being male, and for terrible things some men have done to women, and taking it upon himself to apologise for all men. Even though the vat majority of us are not brutal sadistic serial torturers. The parellel is that of a modern British prime minister who feels the need to apologise for historical atrocities committed two hundred years ago, as if he personally ordered them. This sort of self-abasement is not comfortable reading. The underlying subtext concerns all the male characters being warped and stunted in some way, from the best to the worst, lampshading the things they do to hurt women, even women they love. Peter's inability to provide for Malin's deeper emotional needs, despite his continually trying; the other policemen, all woman-abusers in small legally sanctioned ways. (Zeke's infidelity, hurting his wife, and dumping his mistress, hurting her. Waldemar's emotional neglect of his wife.) The rapist and abuser Arno Antinen. The Russian brothel-keeper drawn into abuse out of weakness and not strength. The ambitious men for whom power corrupts. Who then warp and skew the women around them into becoming pale imitations.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris W on 17 May 2014
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Read this very quickly as once I had started I found it hard to put down. Good plot, well paced with a well drawn cast of characters and Malin Fors back on form.
Some reviews were critical of the "voices off" but I felt they were less prominent and were used to move the story along.
Some of the details of the crimes were a bit gruesome and made me uneasy. This book is about the exploitation of women and although Malin is motivated by a desire to avenge them ,I asked myself if the lurid details were not exploitative . This is why I give it 4/5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anniefromlondon. on 12 May 2014
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I've enjoyed all of the Malin Fors series so far. This fifth book is also a real page turner, and links back to a previous case which has obsessed the main character since the first book.
The reason I gave it 4 stars was because some of the descriptions of extreme violence are particularly graphic and not easy to read- and I'm a fan of 'dark' thrillers!
I hope that Mons Kallentoft will continue to add more books to this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ruth smith on 16 Jan. 2015
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Another excellent piece of writing by this wonderful author. Malin Fors continues to fight her demons & lives with the victims as she unravels another intriguing case. I feel her pain as I read the book. Excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pricey on 8 Feb. 2015
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At last we get to some conclusion from the past ,I enjoyed the book immensely,even though it was quite gruesome.i am looking forward to the next one already
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By englishrose on 11 Sept. 2014
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I loved the previous Malin Fors series. Detective Malin is a very real character in all of them, battling her alcoholism bravely and trying hard to handle both her career and her daughter - someone all working women can identify with, even if they're not alcoholic! But this book was really hard to read. Full of gory detail, which is not at all like its forerunners, and therefore, for me, not enjoyable but rather repellent. I didn't finish it. I'll go back and reread the others in the series, but this one's headed for the charity shop
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