The Cruel Stars of the Night

A Mystery

Ann Lindell Mysteries (Volume 2)

Kjell Eriksson; Translated by Ebba Segerberg

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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When The Princess of Burundi was published last year by Thomas Dunne Books, American critics hailed Kjell Eriksson as Sweden’s Ed McBain, and they compared him to Henning Mankell. Now The Cruel Stars of the Night, the next in this internationally acclaimed crime series, unveils a spellbinding new tale again featuring police inspector Ann Lindell.
 
The Cruel Stars of the Night opens one snowy day when thirty-five-year-old Laura Hindersten goes to the police to report that her father, a local professor, is missing. Inspector Ann Lindell and her colleagues can find no motive for the man’s disappearance. And when the corpses of two elderly men do turn up, neither of the dead men is the missing academic.
 
Unexpectedly, the police get help from one of the professor’s colleagues, who believes there is an astonishing link between the murders and the disappearance of Professor Hindersten. But as the pressure on Lindell increases dramatically, she is shocked to discover that the killer has many more diabolical schemes in store.
 
Combining heart-pounding suspense with brilliant psychological insight, The Cruel Stars of the Night moves like a comet as it approaches the cliff-hanging climax. It is sure to win Kjell Eriksson a whole new galaxy of American fans.

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Chapter One
“Manfred Olsson.”
“Good morning, my name is Ann Lindell, I’m with the Violent Crimes Division at the Uppsala Police. I’m sorry for disturbing you so early.”
She put the phone in her right hand and slipped the cold left hand in her pocket.
“I see, and what is this about?”
Manfred Olsson’s voice was guarded.
“Routine inquiries,” she started, in an unusually passive way.
“Is it about the car?”
“No, why, have you . . .”
“My car was stolen fourteen days ago. Have you found it?”
“It’s not about the car.

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"Kjell Eriksson's crime novels are among the very best."
- Henning Mankell
 
"There are echoes of Ed McBain . . . but Eriksson's second mystery is even more reminiscent of Ruth Rendell. As insightful and intelligent as it is engrossing."
- Library Journal
 
"Compelling . . . the author's squad of detectives displays the kind of interdependency and fractious loyalty that endeared Ed McBain's 87th Precinct squad to fans for so many decades."
- Publishers Weekly

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Kjell Eriksson; Translated by Ebba Segerberg

Kjell Eriksson’s novels are instant bestsellers in Sweden, and his popularity is skyrocketing in Germany, Denmark, Italy, Norway, and the Netherlands. The Princess of Burundi won the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel. His next crime novel in the Ann Lindell series will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur in 2008.

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The Cruel Stars of the Night
A Mystery
Kjell Eriksson; Translated by Ebba Segerberg

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Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2007
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ISBN: 9781429954976
ISBN10: 1429954973
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
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April 2008
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