Black Lies, Red Blood

A Mystery

Ann Lindell Mysteries (Volume 5)

Kjell Eriksson, translated by Paul Norlen

Minotaur Books

Kjell Eriksson has made a huge splash around the globe with his Ann Lindell police procedural series. Now Eriksson is back with another stunning mystery packed with surprises.

In Black Lies, Red Blood, police officer Ann Lindell is great at solving crimes, but she doesn't have as much luck in her personal life. When she meets journalist Anders Brant, Ann thinks her luck has turned around. But then Anders disappears without a trace and a homeless man's body is found with Anders' phone number in the dead man’s pocket. As Ann races to find Anders, she hopes that she will not be too late, and she also hopes that whatever she discovers will not break her heart.

Eriksson has been nominated for the Best Swedish Crime Novel five times, and readers will find this new book in his critically acclaimed and beloved series both shocking and intriguing.


Read an Excerpt

“You’re different,” said Ann Lindell.
A tired phrase, a worn-out expression, but there was no other way to put it.
“Is that a good thing?”
Anders Brant was lying with his eyes closed, one hand on his belly, the other behind his neck. She observed him: the dark, sweaty hair by his temples, the trembling eyelids, given a violet-red hue by the first morning light, and the beard stubble—“my scourge,” he said, as he always had to shave—which had scratched her.
He was not a powerful man, not much taller than


Praise for Black Lies, Red Blood

“Kjell Eriksson is a writer best read for sensibility. This Swedish author’s police procedurals are as dark as any in the Nordic noir tradition, but their deep vein of compassion transforms them into something more warmblooded than your average cop novel.” —The New York Times Book Review on Black Lies, Red Blood

"Eriksson  adds each piece of his complex murder puzzle to the picture with masterly control, and the heroine at the center of it all is compelling.  —Kirkus Reviews on Black Lies, Red Blood
"Eriksson keeps the reader guessing, but his real strength is his ability to create descriptive details that bring even his minor characters alive." —Publishers Weekly on Black Lies, Red Blood
"Eriksson, nominated five times for Sweden’s best crime novel award, effectively combines procedural and psychological detail in this involving mystery." —Booklist on Black Lies, Red Blood

"Riveting in tone and spirit . . . resembles the books of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, not to mention those of the modern master Henning Mankell." —Wall Street Journal on The Princess of Burundi
“Eriksson adds a new twist to the Swedish crime story, one especially likely to appeal to Henning Mankell fans.” —Booklist on The Hand that Trembles

“The brilliance of Eriksson's richly detailed crime novel… lies in its psychological and even sociological insights. Eriksson not only reveals a deep, sympathetic understanding for his large cast of characters but also evokes a pervasive sense of despair, reminiscent of Henning Mankell's.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review on The Princess of Burundi

 “Reminiscent of Ruth Rendell. As insightful and intelligent as it is engrossing.” —Library Journal on The Cruel Stars of the Night
“Stunning, haunting…can chill you to the bone.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review on The Princess of Burundi

"Eriksson's plot is ingenious without being improbable, and his narrative manages to be exhilaratingly propulsive and rich in convincing psychological insight and engrossing details." —Los Angeles Times on The Princess of Burundi

"Eriksson is a major talent…will have McBain devotees enthralled."
Booklist on The Cruel Stars of the Night

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Kjell Eriksson, translated by Paul Norlen

  • KJELL ERIKSSON is the author of the internationally acclaimed The Princess of Burundi, The Cruel Stars of the Night, The Demon of Dakar, and The Hand that Trembles. His series debut won Best First Novel 1999 by the Swedish Crime Academy, an accomplishment he later followed up by winning Best Swedish Crime Novel 2002 for The Princess of BurundiBlack Lies, Red Blood is his fifth novel in the series. He lives in Sweden and France.
  • Kjell Eriksson Photo: Ida Lindhag





    Available Formats and Book Details

    Black Lies, Red Blood

    A Mystery

    Ann Lindell Mysteries

    Kjell Eriksson, translated by Paul Norlen



    Minotaur Books