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Karin Alvtegen

  • awardWinner, Danish Academy of Crime Writers Award for Best Crime Novel, Denmark
  • awardShortlisted, Swedish Academy of Crime Writers Award for Best Swedish Crime Novel, Sweden
  • awardShortlisted, UK Crime Writers Association International Dagger, United Kingdom
  • Translated by Steven T. Murray

    Take care of this child. Forgive me.

    As darkness falls a little boy stands alone on the steps of an amusement park. The park is closing and all the families have gone home but he continues to wait, not daring to move. He has been told to stay right where he is. Only no one is coming back for him.

    Why would a mother do such a thing? The mystery haunts the boy’s life. Then the death of a stranger and a mysterious bequest triggers the unraveling of secrets.

    Shadow is a gripping psychological thriller that takes you deep into the heart of a family and exposes the dark secrets that lie buried within.

    Karin Alvtegen
    About the Author

    Karin Alvtegen is known as the Queen of Crime in Scandinavia. Her first novel, Missing, was awarded the premier Scandinavian crime writing award and was also nominated for the Poloni Award and Best Crime Novel 2000 in Sweden. Alvtegen lives in Stockholm. Her great aunt was Astrid Lindgren.

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    2 March 2009
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    Praise for Karin Alvtegen

    Shadow is a terse, smart and suspenseful psychological novel from one of the leading lights in Scandinavian mystery.’

    ‘Among the fine crop of Scandinavian crime, Swede Karin Alvtegen is outstanding for her expertise in the psychological mystery.’

    ‘Alvtegen’s chilling novels are head and shoulders above most of the Scandi crew and…remind one forcefully of the early Barbara Vine novels. … [Shadow] won’t make you feel good about humankind, but it will keep you reading under the duvet during the small hours.’

    ‘Alvtegen excels at glorious complexity and writes with great intelligence and pace.’

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