About the book
On a misty September morning, tragedy strikes when the lifeless body of a fifteen-year-old boy is discovered at a shooting range. Beside him sits his teacher, her hands stained crimson, clutching the boy’s yellow cap. Overwhelmed by shock and devastation, she is certain she inadvertently fired the fatal shot. Yet, a chilling revelation emerges from forensic analysis – the bullet did not originate from her weapon.
DCI Reub Thelander and the colleagues at the Vellinge Police delve into the investigation, but encounter mostly elusive responses from the boy’s family and classmates. Within the walls of the Höllviken school, the boy was a familiar face, yet not a celebrated one. Bullying, substance abuse, and psychological distress taint the institution’s reputation, a fact ardently concealed by the resolute principal. Why did the boy die? Is the answer to be found in the school’s corridors, or does it dwell in a more sinister realm? For Reub’s colleague, Estrid Berg, whose daughter Alice has recently transferred to the school, the investigation takes a deeply personal turn. The tendrils of danger creep closer to her own family, setting the stage for a harrowing climax.
In her third crime novel, Linda Ståhl presents a gritty, contemporary snapshot of the school environment. A Single Shot pulses with unrelenting tension, engaging characters and a narrative that reverberates with modern urgency – a heart-pounding read from start to finish.