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0. Asterix and the Missing Scroll
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1. The Whisperer
2. The Vanished Ones
3. Quarterly Essay: Political Amnesia
4. From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant
5. The Lost Girls of Rome
6. Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
7. Never Mind
8. The Vegetarian
9. Man on Fire
10. Comfort Zone
by Christoffer Carlsson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Leo Junker is a cop on suspension after a raid that went badly wrong, with him killing a colleague. One night, there is a murder in the building he lives in, and his curiosity leads him to enter the crime scene. The result is that he leaves traces at the scene, and suspicion falls on him.
Although he has an explanation, it is a weak one that gets weaker as further evidence emerges that seems to implicate him. As the full glare of the investigation is turned on him, he receives an anonymous text that seems to be from the killer, baiting him. Leo digs, and starts to realise that this is all somehow connected to incidents in his troubled childhood in the tenements of Stockholm.
The plot is pretty ordinary, with some overly-obvious developments and a bit of irrelevant silliness at the climax, that could have been edited out. Leo never really gets ahead of the criminal in this book, so it reads a bit like a straight-line procedural, with few satisfying twists. I liked Leo as a character though; he is comprehensively messed up, the way all Scandinavian cops should be. He's probably worth sticking with and reading the second book in the series.View all my reviews