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The Root of Evil

Hakan Nesser Sarah Death



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10 September 2019
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Crime & mystery; Fiction in translation
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...
By:   Hakan Nesser
Translated by:   Sarah Death
Imprint:   Pan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 39mm
Weight:   426g
ISBN:   9781509809394
ISBN 10:   1509809392
Series:   The Barbarotti Series
Pages:   608
Publication Date:   10 September 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hakan Nesser is one of Sweden's most popular crime writers, receiving numerous awards for his novels featuring Inspector Van Veeteren, including the European Crime Fiction Star Award (Ripper Award), the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Prize (three times) and Scandinavia's Glass Key Award. His Van Veeteren series is published in over twenty-five countries and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Hakan Nesser lives in Gotland with his wife, and spends part of each year in the UK.

Reviews for The Root of Evil

One of Sweden's best crime writers * Mail on Sunday * 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) * One of the best of the Nordic Noir writers * Guardian * In an exemplary translation by Sarah Death, this tangled tale of guilt and betrayal whets the appetite for translations of the other Barbarotti novels -- <i>Financial Times</i> on <i>The Darkest Day</i> A master of suspense * Sunday Times * Told with wry humour and compassion, Nesser has four more Barbarotti stories to come - cherish them all -- <i>Daily Mail </i>on <i>The Darkest Day</i> The godfather of Swedish crime * Metro *

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