The Fifth Season
A woman is found raped, murdered, and mutilated in the woods of Linköping. The gruesome scene reminds police detective Malin Fors of a similar unsolved crime several years ago. But Maria Murvall, the victim of the cold-case crime, survived. Now she is locked up in an institution, traumatized into permanent silence. Accidentally, Malin comes across another silent patient in Lund, one who has been subjected to the same kind of brutality. With help from psychologists, she tries to get through to the patients to find answers.
As the fog begins to clear, Malin realizes that the victims, who are years and miles apart, are pieces of a larger puzzle. What is so petrifying that it is impossible to speak of? The traces lead back to a convicted wife beater that lives alone in the woods, a secret order at Uppsala University with high profile members, and to owners of hunting grounds across the country. Malin and Zeke persist in connecting the dots in a case that had appeared impossible to solve – until now.
Meanwhile, Zeke is yet again standing at the cross-roads of a big decision while his lover Karin is considering adoption. Malin’s boyfriend Peter is sweet as ever and longs for a child with her. Though she is sober and content with her life at the moment, the timing couldn’t be worse. With a teenage daughter who willingly left Linköping for boarding school, she questions her capability as a parent. What’s more, she is finally making progress with the misogynist crimes against women, a case that is both haunting and close to her heart. Malin becomes completely preoccupied with the case and drifts away from her loved ones. The blend of conflicting desires and stressed conditions is the biggest challenge yet for Malin, Peter, and their budding relationship…
The Fifth Season is the fifth and final thriller in the first suite featuring police detective Malin Fors. With thrilling plots, multi-faceted characters, and dazzling prose Kallentoft evokes a brutal world in which the human psyche and the nature of evil are explored. By giving voice to the victims, dead as well as living, the realistic and supernatural appear as parts of the same reality – an unusual and elegant technique that chills to the bone.
“The Fifth Season is atmospheric, disturbing and memorable.”
The Sydney Morning Herald (AU)
“Malin Fors intercepts the stories of the cases. The visions are at her advantage, giving her access to important truths. But it comes at a cost as she suffers and is in great pain. Her insights are an expression of absolute compassion.”
Svenska Dagbladet (SE)
“This confrontation with the inner core of human malfeasance means that The Fifth Season is, inevitably, a gruesome and shocking book, But Kallentoft is never gratutitous: every disturbing thing in these pages serves a distinct purpose.”
Crime Time (UK)
“[Malin Fors] is one of the most interesting characters in Swedish crime fiction.”
Ingalill Mosander, Aftonbladet (SE)
“Kallentoft is convincing, and I read as though I’m as obsessed as Malin Fors.”
VF Folkbladet (SE)
“Malin Fors with the Linköping police is probably one of the most peculiar investigators in Swedish crime fiction; a self-hating, persistent sober alcoholic with an icredible driving force, empathy boardering on obsession and enough mental wounds to make her continuously unexpected and interesting.”