The Cruel Stars of the Night

The Cruel Stars of the Night

Book - 2007
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When "The Princess of Burundi" was published last year by Thomas Dunne Books, American critics hailed Kjell Eriksson as Sweden's Ed McBain, and they compared him to Henning Mankell. Now "The Cruel Stars of the Night," the next in this internationally acclaimed crime series, unveils a spellbinding new tale again featuring police inspector Ann Lindell.
"The Cruel Stars of the Night" opens one snowy day when thirty-five-year-old Laura Hindersten goes to the police to report that her father, a local professor, is missing. Inspector Ann Lindell and her colleagues can find no motive for the man's disappearance. And when the corpses of two elderly men do turn up, neither of the dead men is the missing academic.
Unexpectedly, the police get help from one of the professor's colleagues, who believes there is an astonishing link between the murders and the disappearance of Professor Hindersten. But as the pressure on Lindell increases dramatically, she is shocked to discover that the killer has many more diabolical schemes in store.
Combining heart-pounding suspense with brilliant psychological insight, "The Cruel Stars of the Night" moves like a comet as it approaches the cliff-hanging climax. It is sure to win Kjell Eriksson a whole new galaxy of American fans.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, c2007
ISBN: 9780312366674
Branch Call Number: MYS ERI
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Segerberg, Ebba


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Dec 10, 2016

(The second book in the Ann Lindell series)

May 21, 2012

It's good to catch up with all the regulars from this series but this instalment is slower & more internal than the others. Many of the characters are in some kind of transition & living to a great extent in their heads. This makes for ponderous reading at times, despite the plot involving a series of murders of elderly men that Ann & her colleagues are trying to solve. At times, it seems almost a side story instead of being front & centre which would have improved the pacing.

Jan 10, 2012

This is book #6 in the Detectives Ann Lindell and Ola Haver series set in Oslo; the best thing about this book is that the series still hasn’t become Americanized; but (1) the story is weak to the point that you can easily see where it is going, and it does not actually finish but simply stops with important things left hanging, like it was time for the author to cook dinner; (2) it’s mostly about Ann Lindell and her supposed police partner appears very seldom; and (3) there are several forms of highly unprofessional behaviour on the part of the various police characters; it’s an inexcusably unsatisfying book and it’s not at all at the quality level I expected this time out for this author

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