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Killer deal / Sofie Sarenbrant ; translated by Paul Norlén.
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Stockholm, Sweden : Stockholm Text, 2016.
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436 pages ; 19 cm.
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SAR Book Adult Mystery / Suspense Fiction

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"Sofie Sarenbrant is the most exciting rising star among Swedish crime authors today."--Camilla L#65533;ckberg, crime author

The morning after an open-house showing in a posh Stockholm suburb, a father is found dead by his six-year-old daughter Astrid. There are no signs of a break-in, and the murder weapon is one of the family's own kitchen knives. The only hint that someone from the outside might be involved is that Astrid claims a strange man stroked her cheek during the night.

Police Inspector Emma Sk#65533;ld takes up the case. She suspects that the man's wife could be the culprit, but when more murders occur tied to open-house showings, her theory is turned on its head. What's the truth behind the events in the ostensibly idyllic and prosperous residential area? And what is the connection between the victims?

Sofie Sarenbrant has established herself as one of Sweden's most popular crime fiction authors. She has written six novels in the Emma Sk#65533;ld series, which have sold more than five hundred thousand copies. Killer Deal is her first novel to be translated into English.

Author Notes

Sofie Sarenbrant: Sofie Sarenbrant (born 1978) has established herself as one of Sweden's most popular crime fiction authors. She has written six books in the Emma Sk#65533;ld series. The books have been translated into many languages and sold more than 500.000 copies. Sarenbrant lives with her husband and two daughters in the Stockholm suburb Bromma.

Paul Norl#65533;n: Paul Norl#65533;n is a freelance translator and editor. He was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize in 2004, and is President of STiNA (Swedish Translators in North America).

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Sarenbrant makes her English-language debut with her third Det. Emma Sköld police procedural, which highlights the perils of sexual liberation for Swedish women, as well as the stresses of balancing professional demands with personal needs, the often obtuse police system, and most painful of all, domestic abuse. Emma, who feels her police job is her identity, investigates the killing of a well-to-do Stockholm businessman, whose wife, Cornelia Göransson, whom he used to beat, has been wrongly arrested for his murder. Pregnant by her new lover, Emma must also deal with being stalked by her deranged former lover. Meanwhile, Emma's sister, who is Cornelia's only confidant, learns that her husband is having an affair. Harrowing scenes of the three women's various trials in the context of contemporary real estate maneuvers, alternating with the first-person reflections of a psychopathic killer, make this an absorbing addition to Sweden's fictional portraits of a welfare-state society gone hopelessly wrong, despite its weak ending. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.