Under the Snow by Kerstin Ekman

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With Blackwater, Kerstin Ekman made one of the most memorable English-language debuts by a European author in recent years.

Under the Snow opens with a phone call from an outlying village to police constable Torsson, and the news is of a mah jong party turned sour. A brawl broke out and a man named Matti was accidentally killed. When he questions the villagers, Torsson notices some minor discrepancies in their stories, but writes them off as unimportant. It is not until a few months later that he is forced to reopen the case: David, an eccentric artist and old friend of Matti, has arrived in town for a visit with no knowledge of the death. David has an uneasy feeling about the whole affair, and when he finds Anna Ryd, the town's beautiful English teacher, running away with a bag containing a noose with human hairs on it, he makes it his business to find out what happened. Gradually the facts of the case come to light and dark deeds which were covered up in the snow and darkness of winter are finally brought to light under the relentless summer sun.

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. Sven Lindqvist was born in Stockholm in 1932 and still lives there. He has travelled extensively through Asia, Africa and Latin America. He is the author of thirty books, including "A History of" "Bombing", "Exterminate All the Brutes" and "Desert Divers", shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.
Published December 29, 1997 by Doubleday. 224 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What they gradually learn--in a neatly constructed narrative that Ekman cleverly distributes among the viewpoints of several variously involved characters--is that Matti may or may not (as alleged) have attempted to destroy his own canvasses, that the beautiful English teacher Anna Ryd had good r...

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On a lightless winter day, dour, overweight Constable Torsson comes from a nearby town to investigate the death of moody Swedish art teacher Matti Olsson.

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