Midwinter Sacrifice, Hardback Book
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'An investigation consists of a mass of voices, the sort you can hear, and the sort you can't.

You have to listen to the soundless voices, Malin. That's where the truth is hidden.' The snow covered all the tracks, as the killer knew it would.

But it couldn't hide the victim, the man who now hung naked from a lonely tree on a frozen plain.

Malin Fors is first on the scene. A thirty-one-year-old single mother, Malin is the most talented and ambitious detective on the Linkoping police force, but also the most unpredictable.

She must lead the investigation while keeping her fractured life on the rails.

No one knows the identity of the dead man. Or perhaps no one ever wanted to know. When all the voices of the investigation have fallen silent, Malin can rely only on herself and her own instincts. And as she follows in the frigid wake of the killer, Malin begins to discover just how far the people in this small town are willing to go to keep their secrets buried.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781444721508

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Midwinter Sacrifice is the first in another Swedish crime series to be translated, and very welcome it is too. Malin Fors is a talented, ambitious police detective. On a cold winter morning she and some of her colleagues are called to the scene of a grisly murder, with a corpse left hanging from a tree. I liked this a lot. It is very long and rather waffly in places, but I liked Kallentoft's portrayal of painstaking and persistent investigators, and the way that we meet many of her colleagues and learn something about the way they think and approach their work, and their lives. I thought the police and the characterisations were more interesting than the murder investigations.Despite the front cover bulurb mentioning Stief Larsson, Kallentoft has more in common with other writers of Swedish police detective fiction, like Henning Mankell and Camilla Lackberg.

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