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In the heart of summer, the country swelters in a fog of heat. In the beautiful forested lake-town of Sorbinowo, Sergeant Merwin Kluuge’s tranquil existence is shattered when he receives a phone call from an anonymous woman. She tells him that a girl has gone missing from the summer camp of the mysterious The Pure Life, a religious sect buried deep in the woods. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is recruited to help solve the mystery.But Van Veeteren’s investigations at The Pure Life go nowhere fast. The strange priest-like figure who leads the sect, Oscar Yellineck, refuses even to admit anyone is missing. Things soon take a sinister turn, however, when a young girl’s body is discovered in the woods, raped and strangled; and Yellineck himself disappears. Yet even in the face of these new horrors, the remaining members of the sect refuse to co-operate with Van Veeteren, remaining largely silent.
As the body count rises, a media frenzy descends upon the town and the pressure to find the monster behind the murders weighs heavily on the investigative team. Finally Van Veeteren realises that to solve this disturbing case, faced with silence and with few clues to follow, he has only his intuition to rely on…
©2011 Macmillan Publishers (P)2011 Macmillan Publishers
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By Elinor Dashwood on 04-23-11

Gripping stuff, well written

I thought this was a great book, well written, with a nice eye for characterisation and detail. If you like Jo Nesbo and the other Scandanavian writers, you'll like this one. Not as ponderous and s-l-o-w as Stieg Larsson.

Good reader, too.

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By Mrs Valerie West on 02-03-17

Slow storyline

The storyline of this book was rather slow to develop. And I didn't like the English regional accents attributed to the Swedish characters.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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