ORIGINAL TITLE: Cyklonvarning
NUMBER OF PAGES: 368
AUTHOR: Christina Wahldén
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Forum
GENRE: Crime, Current Books
Cyclone Warning is the second installment in the Darwin-series, following up Don’t Mention the Dead, shortlisted for Best Swedish Crime Novel in 2020.
It’s Christmas time in Darwin, Australia, and the holidays bring a violent cyclone. Chief Bluey is tormented by memories from the disaster in 1974, when his younger brother was killed in cyclone Tracy. His long history of sobriety is truly put to the test. Fellow police Jess, who is Indigenous, is battling the white norms and her own sense of pride in being a police. Swedish art-student Greta is still residing in Darwin, where she has found love in Bluey’s daughter Cat.
Crime is escalating throughout Darwin, and not before long it’s clear that the reason is a new flow of methamphetamine in the community. The drug is a grim reaper and Bluey and Jess enter the investigation when a young man is found shot to death. Soon they realize that a majority of the victims are Indigenous, and as the cyclone is quickly approaching a different, and far more gruesome, story unravels.
Christina Wahldén skillfully writes the atmosphere in the particular Northern Territory, and doesn’t shy away from topics of racism and vulnerability. Cyclone warning is highly suspenseful, where both man and nature show their most terrifying faces.
”As in the last book in the Darwin-series, the author is writing with great competence and warmth about the Indigenous customs, and her use of the cyclone sweeping in to trigger the suspense is smart. CYCLONE WARNING is equally a thrilling crime novel and a devoted cultural depiction.”
”The forward motion and linguistic flow makes the book impossible to put down.”