Autumn Killing

Mons Kallentoft, trans. from the Swedish by Neil Smith. Atria/Emily Bestler, $16 trade paper (464p) ISBN 978-1-4516-4267-4
In Swedish writer Kallentoft’s psychologically gripping third novel featuring Supt. Malin Fors (after 2013’s Summer Death), Count Erik Fågelsjö of Linköping, Sweden, is forced to sell Skogså Castle, his family’s 17th-century home, because his son and heir, Fredrick, has incompetently managed the estate. The buyer, arrogant and resentful millionaire Jerry Petersson, spent his childhood in Linköping, where people like the Fågelsjös snubbed him. Soon after moving into the castle, Petersson is found face down in the moat with a fatal blow to the head and 40 postmortem stab wounds. Despite her alcoholism and a personal life spiraling out of control, Malin skillfully leads the complex investigation. Potential suspects include members of the Fågelsjö family, several villagers Petersson wronged over the years, and the victim’s former business partner, convicted criminal Jochen Goldman. Well-drawn characters help propel the plot to an exciting climax. Agent: Joakim Hansson, Nordin Agency (Sweden). (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 06/02/2014
Release date: 09/23/2014
Genre: Fiction
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