The Man from Albania
ORIGINAL TITLE: Mannen från Albanien
AUTHOR: Magnus Montelius
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Columbo Publishing
It is the autumn of 1990 and the iron curtain has nearly completely crumbled. A man falls to his death from a hill overlooking central Stockholm. He carries an Albanian passport, but the Albanian authorities deny his very existence. Three men turn up at the scene. One to carry out a routine investigation, another is looking for a story and a third seeks refuge from the rain. They will all discover that the truth about the man from Albania is much more complicated than it first appears. It traces back to the political movements of the sixties, to a tight- knit group of radical students who buried their past but kept their loyalties as they advanced in their careers. At the heart of the matter is a betrayal that one of them is desperate to hide.
The Man from Albania is an espionage novel about Sweden during the cold war and political movements in the sixties and seventies. It is an intriguing and intelligent page-turner. The book has been unanimously praised in Swedish press as an exceptional debut.