Police cars are burning in Stallhagen, a fictive Stockholm suburb. A film of a kidnapped woman named Helene Svensson being raped goes viral. Because of her deep social pathos and commitment to the local community, Helena is nick-named Heroine. The police want to save her, but they have lost control of and practically abandoned the area, making it a so-called “no go zone” where inhabitants are left to their own fate. Criminals at war both with each other and society have taken over.
Zack Herry’s mind is elsewhere, lost in drugs and his new love Hebe. He has spent the last three months grieving the murder of his girlfriend Mera and their unborn child. Even though his colleague Deniz is recovering from a gun-shot wound and his drug addiction is escalating, Zack takes on the assignment of entering Stallhagen to save Helena Svensson. The two of them go way back, to a summer in their early teens and the dreadful death of a young boy; a secret about Zack that Helena has kept since and for which he owes her everything.
There are eyes and ears everywhere in Stallhagen and Zack doesn’t pass unnoticed. He is quickly faced with a mythical gang leader who gives Zack twenty-four hours to move freely in the area. He must accept the terms for his visit, realizing that he is just a pawn in a bigger game. But where does he begin his search? Is Helena a random, innocent victim or is she entangled in a criminal conflict? And why is Zack’s new girlfriend Hebe’s mother, one of the most powerful entrepreneurs in the country, mixed up in it all? When Deniz learns of Zack’s whereabouts, she is quick to join him. Together they try to navigate in a world of decay, where bombs explode unexpectedly and few are willing to talk. Neither of them are prepared for the chaos that is about to ensue…
In Heroine, nightmare has become reality. With a fast-paced, puzzling plot and intriguing characters, the fourth crime novel in the successful Zack-series by Mons Kallentoft and Markus Lutteman casts light on the darkest segments of our contemporary society.
“When it comes to pure suspense, the Zack-series has definitely developed into one of Sweden’s best right now.”
Johannas deckarhörna, blog (SE)
“Mons Kallentoft and Markus Lutteman are back with a real page-turner. The story is jam-packed with action from the very first page.”
Beas bokhylla, blog (SE)