Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman

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In 1974, after moving to the remote town of Blackwater in northern Sweden to live with her lover, Annie Raft stumbles upon a brutal double murder that remains unsolved for twenty years, until her daughter falls in love with the man Annie had seen leaving the scene of the crime. 25,000 first printing. Tour.

About Kerstin Ekman

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Kerstin Ekman is the author of seventeen novels that have been published in Scandinavia and Europe. "Blackwater"--her first novel published in English--received the Swedish Crime Academy's Award for best crime novel, the August Prize, and the Nordic Counci's Literary Prize. She lives in Valsjobyn, a small village in northern Sweden.
Published January 1, 1996 by Doubleday. 434 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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In an Arctic landscape whose grim determinism recalls Hardy, commune families grow, harden into deformity, or split up with chill fatalism, and readers impatient with Ekman's brooding vignettes of calcifying loneliness are likely to feel like polar explorers trudging along under heavy loads in th...

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Annie Raft and her six-year-old daughter arrive in the remote Swedish village of Blackwater one midsummer night to meet Annie's boyfriend, who never shows up.

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And for 18 years — since discovering two bloody corpses in the northern Scandinavian woods, where night comes without darkness — she has slept that way and never forgotten to lock the doors.

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