On an early morning in May, a woman walking her dog makes a shocking discovery: the naked body of a young man, dead in a ditch next to the large canal running past town.
The dead man is Peder Åkerlund, a local politician who used to be known for his hatred for immigrants but who recently had a highly publicized change of heart and became a devoted anti-racist. The autopsy shows that he was murdered: someone injected a corrosive acid into his brain, right at the speech center. Malin Fors and her colleagues begin working after the theory that the murder is politically motivated. Either one of Peder Åkerlund’s former fellow party members decided to shut him up, or perhaps some radical leftist didn’t believe his political U-turn was genuine.
Malin Fors is sober again, trying to make things work with her new boyfriend, journalist Daniel Högfeldt. But her daughter Tove has gone to Africa to do volunteer work, and Malin can’t help but worry about her. And soon, she’s about to find out her worry is unbearably justified…
When sixteen-year old Nadja disappears, the case takes a new and unexpected turn. The girl was a devoted environmentalist and kept a political blog where she attacked local politicians, companies and celebrities, including Peder Åkerlund. Pure coincidence, or are the cases connected? Then a rumoured radical Islamist turns up dead, his mouth filled with dirt and his tongue cut out, and Malin and the team begin to wonder if there’s a sick person out there aiming to silence those who dare to speak out. Someone who had once been silenced. Someone playing a sinister game to give voice to the voiceless.
Where is Nadja? Malin can’t shake the feeling that she’s alive, and when she receives an email from an anonymous sender mentioning Nadja, she realizes there may still be a chance to save the girl. More emails arrive and the investigation turns into a feverish race to decipher cryptic clues from a brutal killer in order to save Nadja before it’s too late.
Earth Storm is the third show-stopping thriller in the second suite The Elements about the brilliant and troubled police detective Malin Fors by master of crime Mons Kallentoft.
“Incredibly thrilling. […] You rush through Earth Storm breathlessly.”
ÖSTGÖTA CORRESPONDENTEN (SE)
“Hats off for Kallentoft, again.”
Östra Småland (SE)
“Mysterious and thrilling.”
“Nailbiting and liberating.”
Dagens Bok (SE)
“Many Swedish crime writers are incredibly skilled at creating world class suspense. A select few, very few, also have a style that is wholly their own […] Mons Kallentoft is one of the select few.”
“A thrilling tale, plausible and implausible at the same time.”