When nine-year-old Lukas Klasén is found beaten to death in a dumpster, detective Malin Fors and her team at the Linköping police are more determined than ever to find his killer. The death of a child hits them all hard. What heartless monster could have done such a thing?
The dye works factory outside of Linköping is on fire, and somewhere in the woods, a woman lies dead, burned beyond recognition. The uncanny voices of the investigation lead Malin out in the woods, to the same place where the murdered boy used to play. There she finds the scorched remains of the woman.
Meanwhile, Malin Fors can’t help but worry about her boyfriend Daniel. He survived the horrendous violence he was subjected to in the previous book, and is now left scarred. And then there’s her daughter Tove, who is working at an orphanage in Nepal, half the world away. But she can’t blame Tove for keeping her distance. When Malin comes face to face with the alcoholic mother of the murdered Lukas Klasén, she sees herself mirrored in the poor woman’s eyes. She knows what she’s put Tove through in her own fight against addiction.
The burned woman is identified as Michelle Persson, a young Filipino woman living in Linköping, and it turns out she and Lukas Klasén were killed with the same weapon. Did Lukas Klasén witness whatever happened to Michelle Persson? Was he silenced for what he saw? The Linköping police soon realize that their case reaches far beyond the city borders, with connections to global slavery and the killings of foreign laborers at the hands of multinational companies with greedy agendas. In our globalized world, some lives are deemed less valuable than others, and people will go far for money – but also for love.
Fire Hunters is the fourth thriller in The Elements, Mons Kallentoft’s second suite about police detective Malin Fors and her colleagues in the Linköping Violent Crimes Unit.
“The plot is intelligent, focusing on the global slave trade today […] The murderers are frighteningly credible, which is rare for the genre.”
Lotta Olsson, Dagens Nyheter (SE)
“Fire Hunters is the best book in the suite inspired by the four elements. […] Thrilling and emphatic and makes us want more.”
Upsala Nya Tidning (SE)
“Mons Kallentoft is skilled at weaving together the tension that exists within Malin Fors, between the skilled policewoman and the private individual who suffers from feelings of inadequacy.”
“Sharp as a razor blade and gruesomely good.”
Johannas deckarhörna, blog (SE)