Midwinter Blood by Mons Kallentoft
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Thirty-four years old, blond, single, divorced with a teenage daughter, Fors is the most driven superintendent who has ever worked on the police force in her small, isolated town. And the most talented. In her job, she is constantly moving through the borderland between life and death. Her path in life is violent and hazardous.

Linköping, Sweden, is surrounded by a landscape of plains and forests—a fault line on the edges of society where time seems to have stood still and where some people live entirely according to their own rules. In the early hours of a frigid night, during the coldest February anyone can remember, the bloody body of an obese man, stripped bare and horribly mutilated, is found hanging from a lone oak tree in the middle of a frozen, snow-covered, and windswept plain not far from town.

The young superintendent Malin Fors is assigned to the case. Together with her colleagues from the Investigation Section of Linköping’s Crime Unit, she must track down the identity of the man in the tree and the reason why he ended up there. And at the same time they must follow in the frigid wake of a killer who has just begun his work. It is a manhunt that will take Malin into the darkest corners of the human heart where the sins of the past— hidden away—all too often wreak havoc from one generation to the next.

About Mons Kallentoft

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After being awarded the Swedish equivalent to the Whitbread Award for his debut novel Pesetas, Mons Kallentoft chose to give his own unique take on the classic Scandinavian crime novel. His success was immediate. The first book in the series about superintendent Malin Fors received unanimous praise from the national critics; it also conquered the bestseller charts and has today sold more than 300,000 copies in Sweden alone. Visit him at MonsKallentoft.se.
Published June 5, 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books. 466 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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No wonder then, that on meeting the speechless, unresponsive Maria, Malin thinks: “You’re a lot like me.” A complex, heartfelt, rather grueling procedural, middling for the current bumper crop of Scandinavian imports, and first of a series of four seasonal cases for Malin.

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First published in Sweden in 2007, Kallentoft’s psychologically astute, carefully crafted first novel featuring Linköping police inspector Malin Fors, a 33-year-old divorced mother, centers on the death of 330-pound Bengt Andersson, an eccentric loner found beaten, cut, and hanging naked from ...

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MIDWINTER BLOOD is Mons Kallentoft’s debut novel, the first in a series of police procedurals featuring Swedish police inspector-superintendent Malin Fors.

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Still, it's a promising beginning for a new series, and is a refreshingly frigid entertainment for a hot summer's day.

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4 Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer: "Lean In" and Get Your Butt to the Office!

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