Savage Spring

The promise and lightness of spring is brutally disrupted when a bomb explodes in the center of Linköping, killing two innocent children. The city is thrown into a state of panic and police detective Malin Fors and her colleagues work tirelessly to answer the most pressing questions. Will there be more attacks? Who is targeting the city? Was this the work of Islamist terrorists, right-wing extremists, anti-authoritarian leftists? Or something else entirely?

Meanwhile, Malin is struggling to come to terms with the loss of her mother. At the funeral, Malin can’t let go of the fact that she has never been able to take her mother’s love for granted. She knows that her parents have been hiding something from her for her entire life. But the demanding investigation forces her to put her personal feelings aside and tune in to the voices of the dead to see where they will guide her. The safety of her hometown is on the line this time, but also the reputation of Linköping’s police force, since the cocky Swedish Security Service moves in to conduct its own investigation in what is believed to be a terrorist attack. When a previously unknown political group claims responsibility for the deed, both investigations zero in on the lead. But somewhere in the back of her mind, Malin hears whispers of motives of a deeper and more personal nature…

The people close to Malin fear that the strain of losing her mother will threaten her sobriety once more. When Malin finds herself utterly betrayed by her own father, the pull of the bottle grows ever stronger. Moreover, her already fragile relationship with her teenage daughter is put to the test as Tove reveals a shocking secret. Now Malin fears she is about to lose her beloved daughter once and for all.

Savage Spring is the fourth nail-biting thriller in Mons Kallentoft’s first suite in the series featuring police detective Malin Fors. With his poetic style, Kallentoft weaves a high-paced and twisty tale where heroine Malin Fors must carry out a breakneck fight against the evils that threaten the most innocent members of our society – while also battling powerful demons of her own.

The crime in Savage Spring does not only have a personal motive. Something concerns the universal that might even stem from a kind of ancient, mythological evil that you find in Dante’s Inferno, the Greek myths, the heart of darkness itself.”
Svenska Dagbladet (SE)

Savage Spring will leave you shaken. But Kallentoft’s sometimes meditative and poetic style has produced yet another memorable, shocking and at times, very moving, story.”
Crime Review (UK)

“It is a gripping and heartrending tale of sadism, fury, and despair that will intrigue fans of multifaceted psychological thrillers.”
San Francisco Review of Books (US)

“Someone has named Kallentoft Sweden’s King of Crime. It’s no exaggeration.”
Östran (SE)

“Mons Kallentoft is fantastic.”
Norran (SE)

“In a lingering, suggestive prose […] Kallentoft portrays several aspects of human decay. Fates, images, and voices are woven together into a whole, and it’s incredibly rare to see a Swedish crime writer portray this as skillfully as Mons Kallentoft.”
Göteborgs-Posten (SE)

Mons Kallentoft is an award-winning, bestselling writer, beloved for his combination of psychological insight, intricate plots and raw, poetic prose. With the two thrillers in the Palma Diptych, Kallentoft breaks new ground and establishes himself at the forefront of contemporary Scandinavian crime.

Learn more about Mons Kallentoft