'I asked you to write a story about love, not a story about crime!' he yelled, and I answered, 'I'm sorry, but in my mind they've become inseparable.'
In the middle of the night, a man makes a phone call to his best friend. He needs help, he says - and the loan of a heavy-duty shovel. The story of Christian Lang is one of obsession both physical and emotional. A famous novelist and television chat-show host, Lang wants to keep his affair with the enchanting Sarita a secret, but she has her own reasons for keeping it quiet too. Lang finds himself caught up in a sinister love triangle with Sarita and her violent ex-husband. He knows that his life is in danger but so great is Lang's passion for his lover that he is unable to stay away. As Lang is drawn further into a spiral of lust, lies and violence his judgement becomes increasingly irrational.
This is a compelling story about love, hatred and obsession and of how these can override the emotion of intense fear. Westo has produced a superbly crafted tale of the terrifying lengths to which a man will go to fuel his addiction to a woman.
Part thriller, part love story, Lang has an intense, charged mood that sucks you in. This is a captivating book with about love, hatred and obsession with a criticism of media society that really hits the mark.
Kjell Westo was born in 1961 in Finland. Since his literary debut in 1986 he has published three collections of poetry, two books of short stories and three novels. He is one of the leading Swedish-language authors in Finland today.