David travels to visit his friend, the artist Matti Olsson, but finds that he is dead. David and Constable Torsson make an unlikely pair as they try to find out the truth. The villagers are unforthcoming, and a gradual sense of conspiracy emerges, while the sense of danger mounts. Much of what is engaging about this story, sparely written, is the setting and apparent eccentricities of the local inhabitants. I kept thinking that this would make a good, slightly surreal sixties-type film. There is a freshness about it I liked.