by Camilla Lackberg

Publisher:  Pegasus/Simon & Schuster

Pub Date:  20


In this electrifying tale of suspense from an international crime-writing sensation, a grisly death exposes the dark heart of a Scandinavian seaside village. Erica Falck returns to her tiny, remote hometown of Fjällbacka, Sweden, after her parents’ deaths only to encounter another tragedy: the suicide of her childhood best friend, Alex. It’s Erica herself who finds Alex’s body—suspended in a bathtub of frozen water, her wrists slashed. Erica is bewildered: Why would a beautiful woman who had it all take her own life? Teaming up with police detective Patrik Hedström, Erica begins to uncover shocking events from Alex’s childhood. As one horrifying fact after another comes to light, Erica and Patrik’s curiosity gives way to obsession—and their flirtation grows into uncontrollable attraction. But it’s not long before one thing becomes very clear: a deadly secret is at stake, and there’s someone out there who will do anything—even commit murder—to protect it.

Fans of Scandinavian greats Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell will devour Camilla Läckberg’s penetrating portrait of human nature at its darkest.

About the Author:
Camilla Lackberg worked as an economist in Stockholm until a course in creative writing triggered a drastic career change. Her first six novels have all become #1 bestsellers in Sweden and she is the most profitable native author in Swedish history. She lives in Stockholm with her family. 

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"Fire and ice! Masterful suspense as compelling as secrets lying far beneath the dark sea. Camilla Lackberg is the perfect crime novelist who combines her gift for intriguingly complicated plots and her keen understanding of even the 'grotesques' who live among us. Both erotic and terrifying. Her characters come alive on the page. I couldn't sift the killer(s) from the suspects although I read obsessively--but I loved it that she fooled me! An absolute must for mystery lovers!" --Ann Rule, author of In the Still of the Night

“The hottest crime genre of the moment is Nordic noir and Swedish writer Camilla Läckberg (who shares Stieg Larsson’s translator) is one of the reasons. As with all Scandinavian murder mysteries, it’s darker, bleaker, and the plot far more sinister than similar American fare. Larsson fans who give Läckberg’s novel a chance to seduce them will be rewarded."—USA Today

“At the start of Läckberg’s haunting U.S. debut, biographer Erica Falck feels compelled to write a novel about why her beautiful friend Alex would kill herself. Läckberg skillfully details how horrific secrets are never completely buried and how silence can kill the soul."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Camilla Läckberg has written seven blockbuster novels in her native Swedish but, until now, no one has published any of them in the United States. Now Pegasus Books has stepped forward.”—The New York Times

"Murray, who has translated the works of both Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, adds another Scandinavian crime star to his résumé with this subtle rendering of Lackberg’s debut, a number-one best-seller in Sweden and the winner of France’s 2008 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for Best International Crime Novel... A chilling atmosphere in which silence drives suspense. This excellent thriller is a must-read for fans of Scandinavian crime literature and will especially appeal to those who enjoy Asa Larsson’s Rebecka Martinsson novels, as Rebecka and Erica are of a similar age and both return to the remote villages of their childhoods. --Jessica Moyer, Booklist (Starred Review)

"Camilla Lackberg is a more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian crime writers translated into English. With its sharp emotional nuances and psychological insight, 'The Ice Princess' builds in suspense as the author turns her clear eye on the buried secrets and contemporary relationships of a small, isolated community. I predict that Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as popular here as they are in her native Sweden."— Peter Robinson 

“Heart-stopping—a masterclass in Scandinavian crime fiction."—Val McDermid 

"Another top-class Scandinavian crime writer reaches the British market."— The Times 

"A welcome new voice in crime fiction."—Woman & Home 

'Has a brooding quality redolent of its barren Swedish landscapes-- intriguing and not a little disturbing."— Irish Times

"Chilly, deceptive and lucid, just like the icy environment it describes."— Literary Review

 'Heart-stopping and heart-warming, 'The Ice Princess' is a master class in Scandinavian crime writing."—Val McDermid 


European reviews for THE ICE PRINCESS

"The plot is simply superb, in an almost Agatha Christie-style. The cast of characters emerge with clarity and feel quite genuine. Secrets come out in the 331-page book that bring about more things than murder. I read it in one go. A book that you can't put down"— Sala Allehanda

 "Camilla Lackberg is a Crime Queen."— Bild am Sontag 

'Strong portrayals and ice-cold suspense from Sweden's new Agatha Christie."— My Life

 "Ingenious." —Metropol 

'This is unputdownable. Lackberg keeps the thrills coming until the very end." —Viva 

"Camilla Lackberg was voted Swedish Writer of the Year for 2005. Bring on the next one!'— Crimezone

"An amazingly mature, well thought-out and exciting criminal novel! Leckberg stands out as the best first-time offender of the year."— Jury 

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