From Publishers Weekly
Swedish author Eriksson's masterful ensemble procedural, the third available in the U.S. after The Cruel Stars of the Night
(2007), immerses the reader in the ordinary and extraordinary lives of detective Ann Lindell and her colleagues of the Uppsala police force. The odd assemblage of characters who engage the interest of the police include a Mexican peasant, Manuel Alavez, who has traveled to Sweden to see his imprisoned brother; a restaurant owner, Slobodan Andersson, whose successful restaurants, Dakar and Alhambra, owe much to shady funds and his unusual partner, Armas; and a single mother, Eva Willman, for whom a waitressing job opens new vistas. After Armas is found dead of a knife wound, others get caught up in the turmoil caused by the crimes of a few. There are plenty of shades of gray in this tale told with wry humor, compassion and a fine understanding that in life often things cannot be resolved either neatly or completely. (May)
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Unanimous Praise for Kjell Eriksson
"Kjell Eriksson's crime novels are among the very best."
- Henning Mankell
"Riveting...resembles the books of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, not to mention those of the modern master Henning Mankell."
- The Wall Street Journal on The Princess of Burundi
"Moving...Eriksson understands the pathology of suffering humanity and explores it with the utmost tenderness."
- The New York Times Book Review on The Cruel Stars of the Night
"Ingenious...a chillingly well-drawn psychotic...very satisfying."
- Los Angeles Times on The Princess of Burundi
"Terrific...subtly brilliant...compellingly suspenseful."
- San Francisco Chronicle on The Princess of Burundi
"Eriksson is a major talent, and his feel for ensemble narrative will have McBain devotees enthralled."
- Booklist on The Cruel Stars of the Night