THE PREACHER
by Camilla Lackberg

Publisher:  Pegasus/Simon & Schuster

Pub Date:  20
11/2012

Description:

In the sequel to The Ice Princess, a series of sadistic murders spanning two generations remains unsolved—and time is running out for the next victim. In the fishing community of Fjallbacka, life is remote, peaceful, and for some, tragically short. Foul play was always suspected in the disappearance twenty years ago of two young campers, but their bodies were never found. But now, a young boy out playing has confirmed the grim truth. Their remains are discovered alongside those of a fresh victim, sending the tiny town into shock. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom, expecting a baby with his girlfriend Erica, can only imagine what it is like to lose a child. When a second young girl goes missing, Hedstrom’s attention focuses on the Hults, a feuding clan of misfits, religious fanatics and criminals. The suspect list is long but time is short—which of this family’s dark secrets will provide the vital clue?

Praise for THE PREACHER

"A clever plot and in-depth characterization aren’t the only qualities that elevate “The Preacher” above most other thrillers. There’s also an admirable feel for detail...Picking the Scandinavian thriller-writer who will be the next Stieg Larsson (he of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy) has become something of a game. Henning Mankell has been mentioned, along with Jo Nesbo, but for my money, the best choices are two women: Karin Fossum and Lackberg. “The Preacher” can go up against the Larsson books head-on when it comes to narrative drive and skillful exploration of family secrets."--Washington Post 

"[Lackberg] is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic coziness with blood-curdling horror ! a must for white-knuckle junkies" —The Guardian 

"A welcome addition to the swelling ranks of Scandinavian crime writers! A good, solid read."—Irish Independent 

"Stieg Larsson fans seeking more Nordic crime fiction may want to try Sweden’s top-selling crime writer. Läckberg is also highly recommended for readers who like mysteries set in foreign countries."—Jean King, West Hempstead P.L., NY

Praise for Lackberg's Previous Novel, THE ICE PRINCESS

“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

“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 

"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 

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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