The Gallows Bird
|Translator||Steven T. Murray|
|Subject||Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers|
Published in English
|Preceded by||The Stone Cutter|
|Followed by||Flavours from Fjällbacka|
Patrik (police officer) and Erica (writer) have reconnected, had a child and are moving headlong into matrimony. Problems sidelined when a chaotic alcohol-fuelled party ends with the death of an unpopular contestant on a reality TV show. A woman is found dead, apparently the victim of a car crash: the first in a spate of seemingly inexplicable accidents in Tanumshede. The car reeks of alcohol and the assumption is that it is a drink drive accident. It becomes clear there's a serial assassin in the vicinity. As cameras shadow the stars' every move, relations with the locals are strained to breaking point. A piece of evidence reveals that a pair of seemingly disparate homicides are linked, a pattern emerges of similar homicides spread over many years- in different regions of Sweden; slowly Patrick realises that these cases are more closely linked than he realises. Patrick also has his own ephemera to contend with: a wedding to arrange, and Erica′s sister Anna—he′s experiencing stress.
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