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The Stranger (2006)

by Camilla Läckberg

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Series: Erica Falck & Patrik Hedström (4), Fjällbacka (4)

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In a remote Swedish village, Detective Patrik Hedstrom looks into a string of suspicious deaths in this mystery by a multimillion-copy bestselling author.


A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn't a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim's blood contains high alcohol levels, yet she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a new television series begins shooting in Fjllbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars' every move, tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant's murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.

Detective Patrik Hedstrom finds himself increasingly unable to focus on the strange circumstances of the first case, but what if that holds the key to a series of other unsolved cases across Sweden? Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Patrik tackles his most challenging investigation yet.

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Great pacing in the storytelling. One of her best. ( )
  bcuperus | Dec 22, 2023 |
Great book lots of twists ( )
  Sunandsand | Apr 30, 2022 |
No wonder the author writes about her home town but lives else where - there are nearly as many murders as in an english Midsommer town!!! ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Patrik Hedström und seine neue Kollegin, Hanna Kruse, haben kaum Zeit, sich kennenzulernen, schon werden sie zu ihrem ersten Einsatz gerufen. Ein Wagen ist in der Nähe von Tanumshede von der Straße abgekommen, die Fahrerin wird tot aufgefunden. War es Mord? Mitten in die hektischen Ermittlungen platzt die Nachricht eines weiteren Mordes. Die Leiche einer Teilnehmerin der Reality Show Fucking Tanum wurde in einem Müllcontainer entdeckt. Patrik und Hanna stoßen auf anonyme Drohungen, Tagebücher und ungeklärte Morde in ganz Schweden. Und auf ein verbindendes Indiz: Bei allen Opfern wurde eine Seite aus Hänsel und Gretel gefunden. Ein Wettlauf mit dem Serienkiller beginnt.
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
READ IN DUTCH

Fjallbacka is quickly growing into one of those spaces, like Midsummer, that you best stay away from, because the murder rate is unusually high. Strange is it that besides all the murder the overwhelming feeling with these books for me is still one of hygge. Cinnamon buns all the way. ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
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Camilla Läckbergprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cangemi, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heijden, Elina van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jongeneel, WivecaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fiction. Thriller. HTML:

In a remote Swedish village, Detective Patrik Hedstrom looks into a string of suspicious deaths in this mystery by a multimillion-copy bestselling author.


A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn't a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim's blood contains high alcohol levels, yet she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a new television series begins shooting in Fjllbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars' every move, tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant's murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.

Detective Patrik Hedstrom finds himself increasingly unable to focus on the strange circumstances of the first case, but what if that holds the key to a series of other unsolved cases across Sweden? Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Patrik tackles his most challenging investigation yet.

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