The Root of Evil

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What to expect

‘Godfather of Swedish Crime’ (Metro), Hakan Nesser, is back with the second installment in the Inspector Barbarotti series, The Root of Evil.

July 2007. A letter arrives on Inspector Barbarotti’s doorstep detailing a murder that is about to take place in his own quiet Swedish town. By the time the police track down the subject of the letter, he is already dead.

So when a second letter arrives, then a third, and a fourth, it’s a game of cat and mouse to stop the killer before he can make good on all of his promises.

Meanwhile, an anonymous diary is unearthed depicting the incidents of a two week holiday in France five years earlier, and it doesn’t take Barbarotti long to realize the people populating the diary are the ones whose lives are now in the balance . . .

Critics Review

  • The godfather of Swedish crime

    Metro
  • Told with wry humour and compassion, Nesser has four more Barbarotti stories to come — cherish them all

    Daily Mail on The Darkest Day
  • A master of suspense

    Sunday Times
  • In an exemplary translation by Sarah Death, this tangled tale of guilt and betrayal whets the appetite for translations of the other Barbarotti novels

    Financial Times on The Darkest Day
  • One of the best of the Nordic Noir writers

    Guardian
  • Barbarotti has to disentangle years of bad blood and resentment to get to the heart of a thrillingly complex case

    Sunday Times (on The Darkest Day)

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