Hostage

Kristina Ohlsson, trans. from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy. Atria/Bestler, $16 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-4767-3403-3
Ohlsson’s nail-biting fourth Fredrika Bergman novel (after 2014’s The Disappeared) teams Fredrika, a former police detective now temporarily working for Sweden’s justice department, with two legendary crime solvers: Alex Recht, Fredrika’s former police boss now with the National Bureau of Investigation, and Eden Lundell, the aggressive new head of the counterterrorism unit of Säpo, the Swedish security service. The trio face a huge crisis when Karim Sassi, the captain of SAS Flight 573 en route from Stockholm to New York, reports that a note found in one of the plane’s lavatories threatens to blow up the Boeing 747 unless the Swedish government stops the scheduled deportation of Zakaria Khelifi, a suspected terrorist, and the U.S. shuts down a covert operation called Tennyson Cottage. The copilot happens to be Recht’s son. Meanwhile, the Americans are determined to shoot down the plane if it enters U.S. air space. In an illuminating afterword to this breathtaking thriller, Ohlsson mentions her fascination with the United States, a country she loves, though she questions some of its post-9/11 counterterrorism policies. Agent: Niclas Salomonsson, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden). (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/07/2015
Release date: 11/10/2015
Genre: Fiction
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