Hachette Audio. May 2022. tr. from Swedish by Ian Giles. 12:37 hrs. ISBN 9781549106255. $25.98. THRILLER
When Stellan Broman is found murdered in his home, Swedish police officer Sara Nowak is enlisted to help investigate as a friend of the family. Uncle Stellan was an esteemed and wildly popular television presenter during the Cold War era, and Sara grew up in the Broman household as the daughter of the housekeeper and sometime playmate of the Broman daughters. She was privy to many of the events in the Broman family but did not understand their importance at the time. While Sara is not part of the homicide division, the nature of the murder raises questions she cannot leave alone. Her investigation uncovers spies, code names, sex trafficking rings, hidden explosives, and international terrorists. Skördeman weaves several subplots into this complex story, and details about the Cold War and its consequences in Europe will give readers pause. Narrator Clare Corbett does an excellent job presenting the unfolding drama as clues are uncovered.
VERDICT This recommended debut thriller from Sweden is a complex, layered story of spies and murder.
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