The Seasons

When we first encounter police detective Malin Fors she is in her mid-thirties, divorced and living alone with her teenage daughter Tove. She’s wholly dedicated to her work in the Violent Crimes Unit with the Linköping police department, where she is praised for her brilliance as an investigator while haunted by shadows from her past that make her stumble, both personally and professionally.

In this first bestselling suite in the series featuring Malin Fors, we follow our heroine over the course of five years and the seasons that bind them together. The passing of time is the only thing that remains constant as people come and go out of Malin’s life, as does the steady stream of violent crimes that challenge her and the small university town in which she lives. Accompanied by Zeke Martinsson, her loyal and trusted colleague, Malin is obsessed with creating justice in a world of decay. But her will to do good comes at a high cost – the pressures of the job threaten to push her into the depth of an addiction that is always just a drink away. Meanwhile, Zeke is merely surviving in a loveless marriage, searching for purpose in life. His is a struggle to come to terms with who he is and what he wants beyond his work on the force.

In the midst of winter, Malin uncovers the crimes of a cold-hearted murderer whose sinister motives chill to the bone. With summer comes an unbearable heatwave that leads to fires raging all over town. In the panic that ensues, a serial killer starts to target teenage girls, something that affects Malin in a very personal way. Autumn runs away in a torrent of rain and when a body surfaces in the water, Malin is forced to dig through her personal family history, which pushes her to the verge of ending her own life. With the promise of spring, Linköping is budding with hope and expectancy. But the calm is disrupted when the city center becomes the scene of a heavy explosion leading to the death of two young children, whose memory won’t leave Malin in peace. The following winter and spring, Malin is investigating a series of murders of young women and she soon realizes the victims are only pieces of a much bigger puzzle regarding men’s violence against women.

Kallentoft’s nerve-wracking novels about the instantly compelling and sympathetically flawed heroine Malin Fors marks his breakthrough both in Sweden and abroad. With his skillful combination of realism and the supernatural, psychological insight, intricate plots and raw, poetic prose Kallentoft quickly earned himself the title Master of Scandinavian Crime. The gripping series featuring Malin Fors has been published in twenty-eight languages and is celebrated by readers and critics around the world. The Seasons is followed by the suites The Elements and The Senses. 


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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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