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Fatal Gambit

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529413274

Price: £20

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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Claire Lidman died fourteen years ago.

So why does she appear in the background of a recent holiday snap taken in Venice?

Her husband brings the anomaly to Hans Rekke and Micaela Vargas. Initial scepticism gives way to cautious belief, but Rekke is falling apart again and Vargas has her own problems. Her gangster brother is threatening to silence her if she doesn’t get off his case.

Meanwhile, Rekke’s daughter Julia has a new boyfriend she’s determined to keep secret. He sees something in her she can’t see herself, but there are hints of a darker side.

Most troubling of all, Rekke is hearing whispers of a name he hasn’t heard for years. A rival from his youth whose restless evil links all the threads in this incipient case. The pieces are laid and he’s already one move ahead. The name of the game is revenge.

Translated from the Swedish by Ian Giles

Reviews for Dark Music:

“One Holmes himself would have loved to solve” Independent
“A rich, engrossing novel” Literary Review
“A complex and dark Sherlock Holmesian tale” Irish Independent


Excellent . . . Part of the fun is Lagercrantz's deliberate use of Holmesian tropes -there's a Moriarty-like criminal mastermind, and Vargas and Rekke echo Holmes and Watson in more ways than one - but he departs from Conan Doyle's template with a complex, borderline-baroque mystery plot, to thrilling effect. By the end of the pulse-pounding denouement, readers will be breathless for the next installment
Publishers Weekly