Erik Axl Sund visits Scandinavia House to discuss Sweden’s newest crime novel sensation, The Crow Girl. Fans of Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbø, David Lagercrantz, and Henning Mankell will be enthralled by The Crow Girl a shocking and suspenseful psychological thriller, in which a detective must confront a hideous evil that forces her to question how much suffering one person can inflict upon another before creating a monster.
In a Stockholm city park, police discover the hideously abused body of a young boy. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, battling an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to devote resources to solving the murder of a nameless immigrant child. But with the discovery of two more mutilated children’s corpses, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large.
Jeanette turns to therapist Sofia Zetterlund for her expertise in psychopathic perpetrators, and their lives become increasingly intertwined, professionally and personally. As they draw closer to the truth about the killings–working together but, ultimately, each on her own—we come to understand that these murders are only the most obvious evidence of a hellishly insidious evil woven deep into Swedish society. As viscerally dramatic as it is psychologically intense, The Crow Girl is a tale of almost unfathomably heinous deeds, and of the profound damage—and the equally profound need for revenge–left in their wake.
Copies of The Crow Girl will be available for purchase and signing following the discussion.
About Erik Axl Sund
Erik Axl Sund is the pen name of Swedish author duo Jerker Eriksson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist. Previously, Håkan has worked as a sound engineer, musician and artist, and Jerker as the producer of Håkan’s electro-punk band iloveyoubaby! and a prison librarian. The two are now full-time writers and also run an art gallery together. Erik Axl Sund is the author of the Victoria Bergman triology—The Crow Girl (2010), The Hunger Fire (2011) and The Pythia’s Instructions (2012).
These dark and addictive novels became an immediate success, both among critics and readers. The Victoria Bergman trilogy is the latest literary phenomenon in Swedish crime fiction and a milestone in contemporary crime fiction in general. The trilogy received the ‘Special Award’ from the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers in 2012. The academy highlighted the trilogy’s “hypnotically captivating psychoanalysis in crime fiction form.”