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Midwinter Sacrifice Hardcover – 27 October 2011

3.7 out of 5 stars 194 ratings

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Meditative. Dark. Really, really cold . . . This is a worthy successor to Larsson's Millennium trilogy . . . This first installment in Kallentoft's crime series is a splendid representative of the Swedish crime novel, in all its elegance and eeriness. (Booklist Starred Review)

Don't bother with Stieg Larsson, Kallentoft is better (Magnus Utvik, Sweden's leading critic)

One of the best-realised female heroines I've read by a male writer (Guardian)

The highest suspense (Camilla Lackberg, international bestselling author of The Stonecutter)

He has a completely unique style, an exquisite narrative that you drink in with pleasure . . . I'm convinced: a crime novel doesn't get much more beautiful than this (Kristianstadsbladet)

A gripping opening gambit . . . Investigating inspector Malin Fors is a feisty single mother, whose flaws are intriguing and endearing . . . The chillingly suspense-filled story works up to a truly stunning finale. (Easy Living)

Sharp writing and original insights add spice (Literary Review)

Kallentoft is gifted . . . He has a knack for characterisation and describing the slow burn of police work. (The Age (Australia))

A cleverly crafted . . . dark multilayered murder mystery (Courier Mail (Australia))

Engaging (Manly Daily (Australia))

Malin Fors is an intriguing and complex heroine . . . MIDWINTER SACRIFICE shows the hidden life under the picturesque surface . . . Kallentoft is an outstanding writer (Nordic Bookblog)

More very impressive input from another Scandinavian writer with something refreshingly different to say and with a different way of saying it . . . the background of Sweden in the grip of a cruel and punishing winter is brought vividly to the page. His illustration of the complex character of his heroine is also impressive . . . An impressive book. (Tangled Web)

Gripping (New Books Magazine)

Delivers in spades (Sunday Herald Sun (Australia))

Most successful as an in-depth exploration of small-town life in a country which is theoretically democratic and egalitarian, but only on the surface. (Canberra Times)

An all-round chilling read, and an interesting beginning to what will be a fascinating five-part series of crime fiction page turners featuring the policewoman. (Sunshine Coast Daily (Australia))

The prose is spare and the dead man whispers to the detective which she seems to hear and transform into an unerring instinct for the truth. (South Coast Register)

[Kallentoft] is rightly praised for his skill at plotting, as well as his ability to create strongly-realised female protagonists . . . The author's sequence featuring his wonderfully rounded female protagonist Malin Fors is rapidly acquiring a devoted following. (Good Book Guide)

About the Author

Mons Kallentoft grew up in a working-class household in the provincial town of Linkoping, Sweden, where the Malin Fors series is set. Before becoming a writer, he worked in journalism and is also a keen food critic. His first novel, Pesetas, was awarded the Swedish equivalent of the Whitbread Award. He has been married to Karolina for over 20 years, and they live in Stockholm with their daughter and son.

His novels are translated into English by Neil Smith.

Visit Mons' website at www.monskallentoft.se and his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MonsKallentoft and follow him on Twitter @Kallentoft

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hodder & Stoughton (27 October 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 144472150X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1444721508
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.2 x 3.9 x 23.6 cm
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