Summertime Death

When a naked teenage girl stumbles out of the woods, police detective Malin Fors and the Linköping Police are put on high alert. The discovery of the young girl strikes a cord in Malin –  she is the same age as her daughter Tove. It could have been her. Luckily, an unsuspecting Tove is spending her summer holiday in Bali together with her father, and Malin is able to focus all her waking hours on the case. Or so she thinks…

There are clear signs that the victim, Josefin, has been sexually assaulted. Her body is covered in cuts and bruises and, curiously enough, it seems someone has washed her meticulously with chlorine before dumping her in a park in central Linköping. But the girl claims to have no memory of the horrible ordeal she’s been subjected to, and the police are left with very little to go on. When another teenage girl goes missing and later turns up dead, buried on a beach, Malin realizes that these are just the first in a series of victims to come, all of whom are girls the same age as her daughter.

Meanwhile, Linköping is experiencing an unbearable heatwave and fires rage in the scorched woods outside of town. Against this apocalyptic backdrop, Malin and her partner Zeke work feverishly with the demanding investigation, relying heavily on Malin’s uncanny intuition. But it seems every lead they follow comes to a hopeless dead-end and catching up to the sly perpetrator becomes a frightening race against time. Malin misses Tove yet is grateful that she is far away from whoever is killing teenage girls in their hometown. But soon, the threat becomes personal…

Summertime Death is the second nail-biting thriller in the celebrated suite The Seasons. A sequel to Midwinter Sacrifice, the breakthrough novel that exploded Mons Kallentoft front and center onto the crime writing stage, Summertime Death continues to explore the complex and compelling protagonist Malin Fors.

“Once you sink your teeth into it, it’s impossible to let go.”
SVT Gomorron Sverige (SE)

“Kallentoft writes vividly and harshly.”
The Washington Times (US)

“One of those books that will keep you up throughout the night. […] Make room on your shelf–and calendar–for this one.”
Bookreporter (US)

“A wellwritten, suggestive tale that makes many of Kallentoft’s colleagues look like happy amateurs.”
INgalill mosander, aftonbladet (SE)

“To read Kallentoft is pure pleasure.”
KRISTIANSTADSBLADET (SE)

“Mons Kallentoft’s second book is just as gruesome, just as remarkable, and just as thrilling as his debut. Even a little bit better.”
Borås Tidning (SE)

“The strengths of this complex and excellent novel include realistic dialogue, thorough characterisation, and concern for social issues as homosexuality and immigration.”
New Zealand Listener (NZ)

“In Summertime Death, Kallentoft explores a common theme in Nordic crime, the abuse of women. It is compelling reading. The atmosphere of oppressive heat creates the sense of a hell on earth, where evil thrives. It is a powerful and disturbing vision.”
The Canberra Times (AU)

“Readers will look forward to the next three volumes.”
Publishers Weekly (US)

“Complex, heartfelt.”
Kirkus Reviews (US)

“My current favourite among the Scandinavian crime writers is another Swede, Mons Kallentoft. So far, three of his Malin Fors books have been translated into English: Midwinter SacrificeSummertime Death, and Autumn Killing. I loved them all, particularly for the way Kallentoft gives a voice to his victims.”
Alex Gray, author of Sleep Like the Dead

Mons Kallentoft is best known for his bestselling series featuring the deeply flawed yet brilliant police detective Malin Fors. Beloved for his unusual combination of realism and the supernatural, psychological insight, intricate plots and raw, poetic prose, Mons Kallentoft has been dubbed a reigning master of Scandinavian crime.

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