"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. This suspenseful, intelligent and perceptive book is terrific."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Could Eriksson become Sweden's Ed McBain? This solid police procedural, winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel, is reminiscent of the "87th Precinct" series. Don't miss it."
- Library Journal (starred review)
"Subtle characters and precise prose will keep readers interested until the surprising solution. Erikkson won the award for Best Swedish Crime Novel, and deservedly so."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Eriksson takes his cue from Ed McBain, portraying a group of investigators very much in the 87th Precinct vein.... Solid procedural plotting overlaid with a sensitive rendering of inner lives and emotions held in check beyond the breaking point."
"A deep psychological thriller...the characterization is top rate.... Fans will enjoy the exciting tale and look forward to hopefully more translations of the works of Kjell Eriksson."
- Midwest Book Review