The Shadow Hunter
Stockholm, 1944. Young police secretary Elsie Svenns is struggling to find her place in a professional world dominated by men. After having lost her fiancée in a tragic accident she is forced to give her newborn daughter up for adoption. Elsie is alone in the world, fulfilled only by her job. When a woman is brutally murdered in the squalid slum of Stockholm – an area known as the swamp – Elsie is called to the crime scene to assist the investigators. But the murderer is still at the scene, and Elsie gets in his way…
30 years later, the 70’s are roaring, and the child Elsie was forced to give up, Britt-Marie Odin, has decided to follow in her birth mother’s footsteps. She prides herself in becoming one of the first female police officers in Sweden, but as a woman, she is not taken seriously. On the contrary, she is constantly put down and given duties that are far beneath her. Until one day when her female intuition is needed to help interrogate a traumatized rape victim. The crime scene sends shivers down Britt-Marie’s spine: it bears unmistakable resemblance to a case she’s had nightmares about all her life: the one that led to her mother’s death all those years ago. Only this time the victim survived.
Ten years later, we meet young police profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön. It is the 1980’s and she is fresh out of university when she is asked to consult on a murder case. It quickly becomes apparent that this is the work of the so-called Swamp killer who has eluded the police for so long. Or could it be someone inspired by his work? As Hanne digs deeper into the investigation from the 70’s, she learns that a young policewoman working on the case, Britt-Marie Odin, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Hanne suspects the disappearance was connected to the case. Had the young policewoman come too close to the killer?
Present day. Investigators Malin Brundin and Manfred Olsson are called to a Stockholm suburb where a body has been found under the remains of a demolished building. The victim is identified as Britt-Marie Odin who disappeared in the 70’s. Malin and Manfred make the connection to the case of the Swamp killer. More women have lost their lives to his brutality, from the 1940’s until present day, and Malin and Manfred now have to reach out to their former colleague Hanne Lagerlind-Schön one final time to see if she can break the case.
The Shadow Hunter is a stand-alone continuation of Camilla Grebe’s internationally bestselling thrillers, with recurrent characters readers have come to love. In this skillfully woven narrative depicting four generations of female police, masterful crime writer Camilla Grebe sheds light upon the struggle and evolution of women in the force, while portraying an exhilarating hunt for a phantom serial killer spanning from the 1940’s until today.