Malashakar Kristina Ohlsson Elefidas required Address never made public. Fredrika Bergman, analista criminal de la policia sueca, participa en el equipo especial encargado del caso, bajo la direccion de Alex Recht. Notify me of new comments via email. The Chosen Kristina Ohlsson March 30, 0. Some witnesses had seen her on a bus that was heading towards a completely opposite direction.
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Shelves: zalphabetical This is the debut novel of Kristina Ohlsson as a crime writer and the first in a successful series featuring DI Alex Recht and investigator Fredrika Bergman. It is a worthy entry into the field of Scandinavian Crime novels, of which there has been a burgeoning in recent years. Lilian Sebastiansson, daughter of Sara and Gabriel, is abducted from the Gothenburg-Stockholm train in broad daylight, with no evidence of her abductor.
Two days later her naked body is dumped in the driveway of Umea This is the debut novel of Kristina Ohlsson as a crime writer and the first in a successful series featuring DI Alex Recht and investigator Fredrika Bergman. Two days later her naked body is dumped in the driveway of Umea Hospital, some kms north of Stockholm.
Suspicion falls on the absent father, who is separated from his wife, with clear signs of domestic violence. When this line of inquiry appears to fizzle out, the police have to rethink the entire case. She, in turn, is deeply unhappy with the environment of mistrust and derision in which she must work. She comes up with some plausible leads, which take the investigation in new directions, to the chagrin of her boss Alex and work mate Peder.
Meantime, we the readers are given brief insights into the mind of the perpetrator, The Man. He recruits under-confident, damaged young women to be his helpers in his crimes, which soon escalate as he conducts his campaign of righteousness.
She is very careful to ensure that she does not overstep the mark with her blokey colleagues. She maintains a rather bland and restrained exterior, which does not endear her to the squad room members. At home she enjoys a pleasant, though low-key private life with her part-time lover Spencer. An earlier, brilliant career had been cut short by a serious accident.
Once the obvious suspects are eliminated, the squad must look further for possible perpetrators. The traumatised, grief-stricken Sara is reticent and gives the police little to work with. They do a lot of to-ing and fro-ing around Sweden and talk with various people to little effect. In the end, it is Fredrika who puts the pieces of the jigsaw together and produces a sound scenario with motive. Alex, Peder and the other cops are then able to move in to identify and snare the wrong-doer.
There is a lot to like about this novel. It is not a difficult read, and the main characters are engaging.
The narrative raises some interesting social issues along the way, particularly that of male violence against women, a theme made internationally famous by the late Stieg Larsson. However, I really struggled with certain aspects of the novel. For a start it is way too long, and the story lines seem to get tangled. I could see clearly what the underlying motive for the killings was from about one third into the book, but it took the Swedish cops an awfully long time and a helluva lot of pages to catch up!
I was rather dismayed by the style used by the author to disclose the emerging facts of the case. These quibbles detracted from my reading of the story, which is quite enjoyable reading. Hence my rating of 3 stars or perhaps 3.