The Stranger

The Stranger

Large Print - 2013
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A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn't a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim's blood contains high alcohol levels, but she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a reality TV show begins shooting in the town, and as cameras shadow the stars' every move, tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant's murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery. Detective Patrik Hedstrom finds himself increasingly unable to focus on the strange circumstances of the first case, but what if that holds the key to a series of other unsolved cases across Sweden? Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Patrik tackles his toughest investigation yet.
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2012
ISBN: 9781410459862
Characteristics: 591 pages ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Murray, Steven T.


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Jan 18, 2015

This is another book in the detective Patrick Hedstrom series. I like Camilla Lackberg's writing style: concise, compassionate, humorous, and filled with good character development. I especially enjoy Patrick's wife, Erica, and their baby, Maja.

Patrick and Erica's wedding date is imminent and Erica is busy trying to plan the details while also helping her sister, Anna, after the terrible tragedy she recently endured. Meanwhile, in their town of Fjallbacka, a reality TV show starts filming and one of the cast members is murdered. Just prior to this, another woman is also killed in a car accident - but autopsy details suggest murder could have been the cause of death, not the car accident. Patrick is kept busy trying to juggle the investigation into both murders and deal with the swarm of publicity from the press after the reality show cast member's murder.

I actually had a good idea what the outcome was in this story when I was only half way through. It is a testament to Camilla Lackberg's writing that I decided to soldier on. Her novels are entertaining and well-written but they will not linger with you after you have read them.

Jun 07, 2013

Paperback edition of the book released as The Gallows Bird in hardcover. (Good to know if you're waiting for a hold.)

May 28, 2013

One of my favorites by Lackberg so far. All the characters are out of their respective funks and taking part in the action whether it be solving crime or planning a wedding. A well-realized plot that draws from the past and present. Ends with some forshadowing for her next in the series. I wish it didn't take so long for them to get published here. We're about three books behind.

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