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Anna Bågstam

The Mikaela Case

Lydia Levander has just set up her own practice, the law firm Pegasus, together with her young and fearless assisting attorney, Alex Berglund. Lydia and Alex have both left behind careers at a renowned law firm, and they desperately need to get the right cases to make Pegasus work.

As a gift from above, the high-profiled Mikaela case is handed to them, and Lydia accepts the role of the defence without hesitation. Leon Vasquez, 23 years old and the only child of a successful restaurant owner, is in custody suspected of having murdered his girlfriend Mikaela. The prosecutor has a strong case: Mikaela had been found stabbed to death in Leon’s home and he himself had been covered in blood when the police arrived. No one else could have accessed the premises and the murder weapon bore Leon prints. He himself has said nothing, only that he is innocent. The papers have been writing about the case for months, and it might be just what they need to make Pegasus known. But the client is difficult, time is too short, and Lydia isn’t quite feeling herself.

Lydia and Alex – assisted by ex-copper Lunken – really need to find something that could make the court doubt Leon’s guilt, even if it means that they must go beyond what is demanded by their duty. As the court date gets closer, and they stumble upon new leads, they too start to question what really happened – if Leon didn’t kill Mikaela, then who did?

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Anna Bågstam, born 1977, works as a lawyer at the Swedish Parliament. She lives with her family in a suburb outside of Stockholm. Bågstam made her sensational debut in 2017 with the audio serial Stockholm Psycho, which was later shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award for Best Crime Debut. The Darkman is the third part in Bågstam’s…

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Lydia Levander has just set up her own practice, the law firm Pegasus, together with her young and fearless assisting attorney, Alex Berglund. Lydia and Alex have both left behind careers at a renowned law firm, and they desperately need to get the right cases to make Pegasus work.

As a gift from above, the high-profiled Mikaela case is handed to them, and Lydia accepts the role of the defence without hesitation. Leon Vasquez, 23 years old and the only child of a successful restaurant owner, is in custody suspected of having murdered his girlfriend Mikaela. The prosecutor has a strong case: Mikaela had been found stabbed to death in Leon’s home and he himself had been covered in blood when the police arrived. No one else could have accessed the premises and the murder weapon bore Leon prints. He himself has said nothing, only that he is innocent. The papers have been writing about the case for months, and it might be just what they need to make Pegasus known. But the client is difficult, time is too short, and Lydia isn’t quite feeling herself.

Lydia and Alex – assisted by ex-copper Lunken – really need to find something that could make the court doubt Leon’s guilt, even if it means that they must go beyond what is demanded by their duty. As the court date gets closer, and they stumble upon new leads, they too start to question what really happened – if Leon didn’t kill Mikaela, then who did?

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