Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The Crow Girl. A novel. Dark, dark novel.

By Erik Axl Sund
Publisher: Random House Canada
Hardcover, 784 pages

I know, it's a huge book. I thought to myself: this had better be good or it is going to be a long haul. I read it quicker than most regular length books. You just can't put it down once you get started.

I have to warn you though- this is for hardcore fans of Nordic Noir. This book has to be the most noir of the bunch so far. It is dark and disturbing and immensely readable for fans of the genre.

Just how evil can humans get? You have no idea.

From the Back Flap:

The newest crime novel sensation: In this shocking and suspenseful psychological thriller, a police detective must confront a monstrous evil that forces her to question how much suffering one person can inflict upon another before creating a monster.

In a Stockholm city park, police discover the mutilated body of a young boy. 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 a nameless immigrant child. But with the discovery of two more children's corpses, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large. Jeanette turns to therapist Sofia Zetterlund for her expertise in psychopathic perpetrators and their lives become increasingly intertwined, professionally and personally. As they draw closer to the truth about the killings--working together but, ultimately, each on her own--we come to understand that these murders are only the most obvious evidence of a hellishly insidious evil woven deep into Swedish society. As viscerally dramatic as it is psychologically intense, The Crow Girl is a tale of almost unfathomably heinous deeds, and of the profound damage--and the equally profound need for revenge--left in their wake.

About the Author
ERIK AXL SUND is the pen name of Swedish author duo Jerker Eriksson (b. 1974) and Håkan Axlander Sundquist (b. 1965). Håkan is a sound engineer, musician and artist. Jerker has been the producer of Håkan's electropunk band i love you baby! and currently works as a librarian in a prison. Translated by Neil Smith. The author lives in Sweden.