The Gallows Bird

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Author Camilla Läckberg
Translator Steven T. Murray
Language English
Subject Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Genre Crime
Publisher Harpercollins
Publication date
Published in English
March 2011
Pages 378 pages
ISBN 0-00-725400-8
Preceded by The Stone Cutter
Followed by Flavours from Fjällbacka

The Gallows Bird (Swedish: Olycksfågeln) is a 2006 novel by Camilla Läckberg, translated by Steven T. Murray in 2011. It is the fourth psychological thriller written by Läckberg.[1]


Patrik (police officer) and Erica (writer) have reconnected, had a child and are moving headlong into matrimony.[2] Problems sidelined when a chaotic alcohol-fuelled party ends with the death of an unpopular contestant on a reality TV show.[3] A woman is found dead, apparently the victim of a car crash: the first in a spate of seemingly inexplicable accidents in Tanumshede.[4] The car reeks of alcohol and the assumption is that it is a drink drive accident.[5] It becomes clear there's a serial assassin in the vicinity.[6] As cameras shadow the stars' every move, relations with the locals are strained to breaking point.[7] 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.[8] Patrick also has his own ephemera to contend with: a wedding to arrange, and Erica′s sister Anna—he′s experiencing stress.[9]


  1. ^ "Novel 4". 
  2. ^ "Matrimony". 
  3. ^ Forshaw, Barry (11 March 2011). "Party Alcohol". The Independent. London. 
  4. ^ "Accident". 
  5. ^ "Accident". 
  6. ^ "Murderer/plural". 
  7. ^ "Lovereading/colley". 
  8. ^ "Sweden literature". 
  9. ^ ["camilla-boss". ]literature/8885476