Souls of Air

It’s the middle of summer and Tove Fors has gotten a job at a retirement home in Linköping. One morning she’s shocked to find seventy-nine year-old Konrad Karlsson dead in his room, hanging lifeless from the cord of his alarm button in an apparent suicide. But Tove, who had become friends with the old man, refuses to believe that the cheerful Konrad, who fought passionately for better care for himself and the other residents of the home, would have ended his own life. The autopsy proves she’s right. And so Malin Fors and her team open an investigation. Was Konrad murdered, or might a loved one have assisted him in killing himself?

The Linköping police are working to map out Konrad Karlsson’s life. He had two children to whom he never spoke, and a beloved granddaughter who visited him every day. It turns out he had quite a lot of money that his children were desperate to lay their hands on. It also seems he had an apparent enemy in Hans Morelia, the criticized owner of the retirement home, whom Konrad had attacked in a newspaper article. Could this have angered Morelia enough to want to kill the old man? But when questioned, Morelia claims to be a target, that he is being followed and that he fears for his own life and that of his family. Is he speaking the truth or is it just an attempt to further distract the police? Are more people in danger?

A storm rolls in over Linköping, and the clouds are obscuring the investigation. All leads turn out to be dead ends, and the police are left frustratingly stumped, over and over again. The voices of the investigation are mere whispers, and Malin must once again use her intuition in order to look beyond the evidence that lies before her.

Meanwhile, Malin is winning her fight against addiction, but after being betrayed by her boyfriend Peter she longs to find a new life companion. Tove is devastated by the death of her friend Konrad, and now it’s her turn to reach for the bottle for comfort. Once again, Malin has cause to worry about her teenage daughter…

Souls of Air is the second thriller in the second suite in the celebrated Malin Fors series. Mons Kallentoft continues to explore the depths of the troubled but brilliant Malin Fors, and once again proves that he is a true master of the genre.

“One of Kallentoft’s best.”
Lotta Olsson, Dagens Nyheter (SE)

“Overwhelming sadness and the desolation of people who have no hope is at the heart of Souls of Air. This time Kallentoft focuses on the relationship between mother and daughter. It’s brilliantly nuanced, moving between love, hate and indifference and eventually proves that blood is thicker than water, or alcohol.”
Crime Review (UK)

“Kallentoft superbly pins down the rending divison of Malin’s inner and outer lives, her will to do good and her nerve-wracking impotence.”
Göteborgs-Posten (SE)

“The most urgent crime novel this fall.”
Magnus Utvik, SVT Gomorron Sverige (SE)

“Well-written and engaging.”
Aftonbladet (SE)

“As always, Mons Kallentoft writes with intensity and nerve.”
Ystads Allehanda (SE)

“This is just what a crime novel should be. Incredibly well-written, the right amount of social criticism, and on top of that murders and a thrilling solution.”
Dagens bok (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.

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