In a short space of time, several bestial murders occur in central Stockholm. When criminal investigator Conny Sjoberg and the Hammarby police begin to suspect that there's a link between the murders, Sjoberg goes completely cold. There is a killer out there whose motives are very personal, and who will not be deterred.The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen is the first in the Hammarby series, thrillers with taut, suspenseful plots and unexpected twists and turns. This haunting novel explores schoolyard bullying among young children and the effect it has on them when people look the other way. Many of the scenes in this book are self-experienced and based on Gerhardsen's own childhood. Urban settings and strong portraits of authentic characters are crafted in depth and detail, insuring the books will linger in the reader's mind long after the finish.The Gingerbread House is written in the same tradition as the Sjowall / Wahloo crime novels, and has been described as a book version of the tv series The Wire. It is not only published by the same publisher as Stieg Larsson's The Millennium Trilogy, but by the same editorial team.
"Carin Gerhardsen writes so vividly, like she is painting with words, gripping your heart and soul in an ever-tightening tourniquet." - Peter James "Gerhardsen brings a timely perspective to the serial killer genre, as her characters are engulfed by the worst possible consequences of their childhood cruelties. The pages turn themselves, right up the final startling twist." - John Verdon, bestselling author of the Dave Gurney thrillers, incl. Think of a Number "The books are fast-paced and addictive: finely tuned pieces that virtually demand to be read in one sitting" - Barry Forshaw, author to Death in a Cold Climate - A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction "Yes, Carin Gerhardsen is good. Right now she is the top female crime author for me." - Bokhora, Sweden's #1 book blog "There is a presence that makes the brutality crawling uncomfortably close." - Katrineholmskuriren "It succeeds permeating behind the common ideas of what creates a criminal. The entertainment just follows along." - Boras Tidning "This is thrilling, well-written and strangely enough, sympathetic. It's going to be incredibly interesting to see if Carin Gerhardsen also in the future manages to raise the downsides of the society in the same way." - Dala-Demokraten "Awfully exiciting social realism. She goes out strongly, spot on, and the reader gets glued to the socialrealistic descriptions of the everyday life. (...) Written with a social pathos, Carin Gerhardsen is compassionate with the victims, and sometimes with the killer. The intrigue is oh so thrilling." - Norran "A praise for Carin Gerhardsen's great depictions of Stockholm." - Hallands Nyheter
From the same publisher - and even the same editorial team - that brought you Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy comes Carin Gerhardsen, author of the Hammarby-series, five crime novels that take place in the southern parts of Stockholm. Originally a mathematician, Carin Gerhardsen has become one of Sweden's most highly praised crime authors, considered "Sweden's number one female crime author", by Bokhora, the most popular book blog in Sweden. Many of the scenes depicted are self-experienced, based on episodes from Gerhardsen's own childhood.