The Stonecutter (Paperback)
The U.S. is finally being treated to an excellent variety of international authors right at our fingertips. Camilla Läckberg is such an author. Her latest novel, The Stonecutter is set in a small fishing village of Fjällbacka. This setting was perfect for a murder where everyone suspects everyone. Gossip, dissension and more gossip make discovering the murderer even more difficult. There are so many bad people running around this village, you’ll need a scorecard. Ah, there are nice folks as well, but, of course, I can’t tell you anything more.
When the police are notified that a little girl has been found murdered on the shore, Detective Patrik Hedström, is on the scene. He recognizes the child as his wife’s friend’s child, Sara, and begins the hunt for the killer with emotion in addition to his skill as a detective.
Läckberg masterfully weaves in the past with the present as we follow Patrik on his search for Sara’s killer. How is a stonecutter’s story that begins in 1923 related to this modern day mystery? I love an author who can tell a story, create out-of-the-ordinary characters, use dialog (of course, I understand an excellent translator is key here) and yet give us a mystery with symbols and themes. It's plenty to satisfy the reading purist in us all.
Sit back, get ready to ride along with Patrik as he fishes out the red herrings Läckberg tosses in the story, works around and through the inept police Patrik is forced to share the case with and discover that sometimes family can be deadly. Notice I didn’t tell you to “sit back and relax.” There will be none of that. - Wendy, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin
February 2013 Indie Next List
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR
Critics are raving about this deliciously chilling new thriller from Scandanavian crime-writing sensation Camilla L ckberg.
Named by major media outlets, such as USA TODAY, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, as a main successor to Stieg Larsson, Swedish author L ckberg is on the rise. Her new novel, which The Washington Post has already named as one of their "Ten Books We Love This Year" and praised as "richly textured and downright breathtaking," continues the story of local detective Patrik Hedstr m and his girlfriend, Erica Falck, the beloved crime-solving duo whose first child has just been born. But while they celebrate this new life, a suspicious drowning claims a little girl they knew well. As the murder's implications widen, Patrik's investigation threatens to tear apart the rural fishing village of Fj llbacka, where a secret lurks that spans generations. A deeply satisfying third installment in her internationally bestselling series, The Stonecutter will establish L ckberg for the U.S. audience once and for all. As USA TODAY says, "If you haven't yet read the equally entrancing Ice Princess and The Preacher, what are you waiting for?
"This richly textured mystery about a spate of murders in a fishing village suggests that Lackberg may be the heir to Agatha Christie."