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In her phenomenal #1 international bestseller—fifth in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Fredrika Bergman series—“one of Sweden’s best younger writers” (Los Angeles Times Magazine) delivers a tense, atmospheric mystery featuring an enigmatic killer rooted in folklore.

On a cold winter’s day, a pre-school teacher is shot to death in front of parents and children at the Jewish Congregation in Stockholm. Just a few hours later, two Jewish boys go missing on their way to tennis practice, and an unexpected blizzard destroys any trace of the perpetrator.

Investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman and police superintendent Alex Recht face their toughest challenge ever on the hunt for a killer as merciless as he is effective. As they struggle to pin down a lead, someone or something called the Paper Boy—a mysterious old Israeli legend of a nighttime killer—keeps popping up in the police investigation. But who was the Paper Boy really? And how could he have resurfaced in Stockholm? It is up to Fredrika to track down the elusive murderer before he claims his next victim.

About The Author

Photograph by Anna-Lena Ahlstrom

Kristina Ohlsson is a political scientist and until recently held the position of Counter-Terrorism Officer at OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe). She has previously worked at the Swedish Security Service, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish National Defense College. Kristina lives in Stockholm.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (December 6, 2016)
  • Length: 496 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781476734088

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"No one creates intrigues like she does. It is simply brilliant."

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– Mons Kallentoft

"Kristina Ohlssons has managed to do what many before her have tried: to take the Swedish crime novel to a new and unexpected level."

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– Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This is a tense, complex story that will satisfy fans of the series and of Scandinavian crime fiction in general.”

– Booklist

“…one of her most intriguing works to date.”


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