Author(s): Erik Axl Sund; Neil Smith (Translator)
The International Sensation
It begins in a Stockholm city park where the abused body of a young boy is discovered. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, battling an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to devote resources to solving the murder of an immigrant child. But with the discovery of the mutilated corpses of two more children, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large.
Superintendent Kihlberg turns to therapist Sofia Zetterlund for her expertise in the psychopathology of those who kill, and the lives of the two women become quickly intertwined--professionally and personally. As they draw closer to each other and to the truth about the killings, what surfaces is the undeniable fact that these murders are only the most obvious evidence of an insidious evil woven deep into Swedish society.
"Compelling... we are left gasping for breath" Daily Mail "A compulsive page-turner... ridiculously entertaining" Sunday Express "There's a fantastic twist... the pace of its revelations [is] relentless" Observer, Thriller of the Month "Dark, powerful, disturbing" The Times "The best crime novel of the year so far" Metro
Erik Axl Sund is the pseudonym for two authors who have been friends and collaborators for years: Jerker Erikson and Hakan Axlander Sundquist. Hakan was a sound engineer, musician and artist, while Jerker was a music producer and worked as a librarian in a prison. Both live in Sweden where they are now full-time writers, and also run an art gallery together. Originally written as a trilogy before being re-worked for the English language markets The Crow Girl is their first book. The complete trilogy received the 'Special Award' from the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers in 2012, with the academy highlighting the trilogy's "hypnotically captivating psychoanalysis in crime fiction form."