Frozen Moment : 'A good psychological crime novel that will appeal to fans of Wallander and Stieg Larsson' CHOICE Paperback
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.
Inspector Christian Tell - a sensitive man with a complex past - begins to investigate.
Could this be the result of a grudge, or a local feud?
But then another murder occurs - this time the man has been shot in the head before being driven over several times.
A female reporter sees links between these two deaths and a person who went missing ten years earlier.
But will Tell listen to her suspicions? And can he overcome the demons of his own past?
- 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.