The Elements

The brilliant yet tormented police detective Malin Fors continues to mesmerize readers in Mons Kallentoft’s second suite: The Elements. It follows the successful first suite The Seasons, where bone-chilling crimes are framed by the passing of the seasons. In The Elements, each story is spun around one of the four elements that sets the gripping atmospheres and interplays with the crimes committed.

Water is the element in focus when a couple is found dead in the hot tub in their home. Missing from their house is their young adopted daughter, who is feared to have been kidnapped. Air, or the lack of it, is spotlighted when an old man is found hanging lifeless from the cord of his alarm button in a retirement home. Then, a far-right politician with a shady agenda ends up dead, a Jihad warrior gets his tongue ripped out, and a young environmental activist disappears. When their naked bodies are found, their mouths filled with dirt, it seems someone has a mission to silence those with the audacity of making themselves heard. And somewhere in the earth outside of town something, or someone, lies buried – and the clock is ticking. Fire roars to the forefront when a woman is found scorched beyond recognition in the woods, and a young boy gets bludgeoned to death in order to cover up something even more horrifying…

As Malin Fors and her colleagues follow the voices of the victims echoing from the dead, they are brought not only through the forests and plains outside of Linköping, but far beyond the borders of the university town, through the jungles of Saigon and the deserts of Qatar and into a world of international crime, human trafficking and cover-ups by multinational conglomerates. Their investigations expose a cynical and corrupt world where human lives are discarded without thought when money is on the line.

The winds of change are blowing over the Linköping Violent Crimes Unit. Malin’s old mentor Sven steps down as head of the team, and since Malin declines to succeed him they find themselves with a new boss: Göran Möller. Zeke Martinsson finally gets up the courage to end his loveless marriage and leaves his wife for a newfound love. But he is beginning to question if being a police is really what he wants at all. The calm and the money of the private sector tempt, but can he really leave Malin Fors and his colleagues behind? The Unit gains a new talent in the young Elin Sand, whose ability impresses Malin. In Elin Malin sees a worthy new friend and colleague, someone to mentor, someone to initiate into her unique ability to tap into the uncanny voices of the investigation.

In her personal life, Malin Fors has found her lost brother and is trying to build a relationship with him. But her constant struggle with alcoholism brings her both victories and losses, and she’s also trying to accept that her daughter Tove has grown up and is old enough to make decisions that don’t always make Malin happy.

In his consistently jaw-dropping thrillers, Kallentoft continues to explore the eternal questions of human evil through the eyes of the complex heroine Malin Fors. The Elements follows the successful five-book suite The Seasons, which was Kallentoft’s breakthrough, in Sweden and abroad.

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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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