The Case of Vincent Franke

Vincent Franke is a small-time gangster and morphine addict who makes a living pushing drugs. One day he wakes up from his drug-infused sleep to find a young woman tied up in his apartment. Vincent is instructed to keep the woman locked up in his home for a week. Under no circumstances may she leave his apartment. The man giving the orders is Pastor, the most influential player in the Stockholm underworld – Vincent sees no other way out than to do as he is told. The woman, Maria, is a victim of trafficking who is bruised and scared and speaks only a few words of English.

Neither Maria nor Vincent have chosen the situation in which they find themselves. A strange relationship begins to develop between them and soon they find themselves fleeing for their lives – together. As he falls hopelessly in love with Maria, Vincent begins to hurtle helplessly toward destruction.

The Case of Vincent Franke is Christoffer Carlsson’s celebrated first novel. In this dazzling debut, Carlsson exhibits a superior talent at establishing a feverish mood that lingers long after the last page has been turned.

“A dazzling debut […] The Case of Vincent Franke is not just a crime novel, a thriller, but above all a story of human misery; an example of how bad things can go in life, but that hope never dies.”
Borås Tidning (SE)

“Beyond a good handle on language, Carlsson shows that he also masters the dramaturgical essence of the thriller as a genre. […] Christoffer Carlsson is a name to remember.”
Expressen (SE)

“One of the absolute best debut novels I’ve read.”
Boktoka (SE)

“It’s hard to believe that this book is written by a 23 year-old debut author, it’s simply too good! The language is fantastic and it therefore places itself well above the average action thriller.”
Bokbiten (SE)

Christoffer Carlsson was born in 1986 and raised outside of Marbäck on the west coast of Sweden. He holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Stockholm and, in 2012, he was awarded the International European Society of Criminology’s Young Criminologist Award. Carlsson is the author of several critically acclaimed crime novels and was, at 27 years old, the youngest recipient ever of the award ‘Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year’ by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy.

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