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David Lagercrantz

Obscuritas

The first instalment in a new crime series by David Lagercrantz!

Summer of 2003, and Iraq has just been invaded by the US. In Stockholm, a football referee with Afghan roots is found beaten to death. Hot-tempered Giuseppe Costa, also the dad of one of the players, is arrested for the murder in what looks to be an open-and-shut case. But Costa insists that he is innocent and the Chief of Police decides to consult Professor Hans Rekke, a world renowned expert on interrogational techniques. If there is anyone that can crack Costa, it is him.

But nothing turns out as the police expects. Rekke welcomes the investigational team to his grand family home in Djursholm. In a vertiginous display of reason, he discards the preliminary investigation completely – and shortly thereafter the whole case falls to pieces. Costa is released, and the police suddenly find themselves without leads. Only Micaela Vargas, a young community police officer from Husby, who has been let into the investigation as an act of grace, refuses to let things rest. She tries to get hold of Rekke, but he won’t return her calls.

Then Hans Rekke and Micaela Vargas meet again, under dramatic circumstances. The odd couple decides to solve the case that appears increasingly like an enigma, and which leads them to CIA’s hunt for terrorists, and the Taliban’s war against music. What kind of a man was the referee? Is he a victim, or a perpetrator?

Obscuritas is a clever and exciting page-turner where nothing is what it seems.

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Lagercrantz

David Lagercrantz (b. 1962) saw his breakthrough as a novelist with Fall of Man in Wilmslow, a fictionalised novel about the British mathematician Alan Turing. The biography I am Zlatan, which he co-wrote with international football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was published in 2011. With 500 000 hardcover copies sold in less than two months, it is the fastest…

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Brazil: Companhia das Letras, Canada: Viking, Croatia: Profil, Czech Republic: Euromedia, Denmark: Politiken, Estonia: Varrak, Finland: WSOY, France: Harper Collins, Germany: Heyne, Hungary: Alexandra Kiado, Italy: Marsilio Editore, Latvia: Zvaigzne, Lithuania: Alma Littera, Netherlands: Signatuur, Norway: Gyldendal, Poland: Wielka Litera, Poland: Storytel, Portugal: Porto Editora, Romania: Editura Trei, Serbia: Vulkan, Slovakia: Ikar, Spain & Catalonia: Planeta, UK & Commonwealth: Maclehose Press, USA: Knopf

The first instalment in a new crime series by David Lagercrantz!

Summer of 2003, and Iraq has just been invaded by the US. In Stockholm, a football referee with Afghan roots is found beaten to death. Hot-tempered Giuseppe Costa, also the dad of one of the players, is arrested for the murder in what looks to be an open-and-shut case. But Costa insists that he is innocent and the Chief of Police decides to consult Professor Hans Rekke, a world renowned expert on interrogational techniques. If there is anyone that can crack Costa, it is him.

But nothing turns out as the police expects. Rekke welcomes the investigational team to his grand family home in Djursholm. In a vertiginous display of reason, he discards the preliminary investigation completely – and shortly thereafter the whole case falls to pieces. Costa is released, and the police suddenly find themselves without leads. Only Micaela Vargas, a young community police officer from Husby, who has been let into the investigation as an act of grace, refuses to let things rest. She tries to get hold of Rekke, but he won’t return her calls.

Then Hans Rekke and Micaela Vargas meet again, under dramatic circumstances. The odd couple decides to solve the case that appears increasingly like an enigma, and which leads them to CIA’s hunt for terrorists, and the Taliban’s war against music. What kind of a man was the referee? Is he a victim, or a perpetrator?

Obscuritas is a clever and exciting page-turner where nothing is what it seems.

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