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‘Provincial detective Christian Tell is more sensitive than Henning Mankell’s Wallender, while an extraordinary twist offers a women’s take on Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander. This is a terrific debut.’ Joan Smith, SUNDAY TIMES

One cold morning in December, in a small rural town on the Swedish coast, Ake Melkersson is on his way to work when his car breaks down. Luckily he spots a garage nearby, but as he approaches he realises something is wrong. The owner of the garage lies dead, sprawled on the ground, his lower body crushed where a car has repeatedly driven over him. Inspector Christian Tell – a sensitive man with a complex past – begins to investigate. Could this be the result of a grudge, or a local feud? But then another murder occurs – this time the man has been shot in the head before being driven over several times. A female reporter sees links between these two deaths and a person who went missing ten years earlier. But will Tell listen to her suspicions? And can he overcome the demons of his own past?