Autumn Killing (USA)
Published in the USA September 2014.
Who killed the social climber in the big castle?
Sheets of rain are pouring down over Skogså Castle, outside of Linköping. The landscape and the body floating in the moat are soaked through. Lawyer Jerry Petersson, the new owner of the castle, is notorious for his ruthlessness—and now for having been murdered.
Superintendent Malin Fors is on the case.
'A powerful read.'
'AUTUMN KILLING is full of dark prose, flawed characters and enough tragedy for three Shakespearean plays. Naturally, I couldn’t help but love every single word of it.'
Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter
'Police superintendent Malin Fors returns in this chilling third novel from the critically acclaimed author of Midwinter Blood, the first in the series and "a splendid representative of the Swedish crime novel, in all its elegance and eeriness”.'
Booklist, starred review
'Malin wields a keen mind and uncanny people-reading skills, and her self-condemnation offers intriguing contrast to this psychological mystery’s commentary on class divisions. Recommended for fans of literary psychological procedurals like those by Elizabeth George and Lars Keplar.'
Christine Tran, Booklist, advanced review
'More than most recent Scandinavian procedurals, this series draws its model from Stieg Larsson’s buried family secrets, troubled investigators, flaring emotional intensity, excessive length and multivolume architecture. The sex, however, is mostly good old-fashioned adultery.'
'This is not an airport novel. It's hard work. It is brilliantly written and shows deep understanding of human nature, whether in personal relationships, the frequently unrewarding slog of police work or the workings of a mind under stress. Kallentoft has a unique style, cleverly blending flashbacks with current action, deep analysis with the mundane, and his introduction of what can only be called a supernatural figure as part-narrator, which owes more than a little to the Shakespeare's Ghost of Hamlet's Father, and adds an unusual and thought-provoking psychic twist.
As dark as the autumn nights in rural Sweden, as cold as the winter they presage, this is one for the connoisseurs of crime writing. It will leave you shaken at its mental brutality and possibly more than a little confused, but although it's sometimes hard going just to keep in touch, it's well worth the effort.'
John Cleal, Reviewing the evidence