The new kid on the block in Scandinavian crime! One cold morning in December, in a small rural town on the Swedish coast, Ake Melkersson is on his way to work when his car breaks down.
Luckily he spots a garage nearby, but as he approaches he realises something is wrong.
The owner of the garage lies dead, sprawled on the ground, his lower body crushed where a car has repeatedly driven over him.
The murder investigation is led by Inspector Christian Tell who is something of a lone wolf.
But he has very few clues to go on and the deceased's wife is out of the country on holiday.
Ten years earlier Maya Granith is living at a college for troubled teenagers after escaping her shattered home and her neurotic mother.
But when an older student takes an overbearing interest in her things begin to go wrong.
Back in the present, another murder occurs when a man is shot in the head; again his body has been driven over several times.
Tell is becoming increasingly involved with a female reporter but as she witness on the first case, their relationship is complicated - especially when aspects of the case remind the reporter of someone she knew who went missing ten years earlier.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/09/2011
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780753827727
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Review by Hanneri
The first in the Christian Tell series, Frozen Moment brings to readers the work of a newcomer on the Scandinavian crime writer front. Ceder's story takes place in and around the desolate areas surrounding the town of Gothenburg, Sweden. It begins, characteristically with a crime. But, this is so much more than a crime novel. This is a story of social breakdown. Undeniably, Scandinavian writers are obsessed with the meltdown that occurs between parents and their children, and consequently the horrors that take place between these lost children who are given a welfare state as parents. It is a story of psychopaths that emerge from state sponsorship and deviant fathers and mothers. It is a story of jealousy, cowardice, and hapless neglect and you give it the name Sebastian. It is a story of utter loneliness in a frozen landscape patrolled by Christian Tell, our enigmatic detective called out to the initial crime scene. What he discovers is the body of a man shot in the head and then flattened repeatedly by an overweight automobile until every bone in the victim's body is crushed. And the first thing Tell asks himself is: why? And so we enter the realm of Camilla Ceder. Asking why, is the reason she became a crime author.If you are comfortable with a slow burn. If you are patient and enjoy reading people, and find yourself interested in the means to an end, than this book is for you.