The man who died like a salmon
ORIGINAL TITLE: Mannen som dog som en lax
AUTHOR: Mikael Niemi
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Norstedts förlag
The grumpy old pensioner Martin Udde is found dead in his home in the subarctic rural community of Pajala, apparently murdered in spectacular fashion. The local police receive back-up from Stockholm as federal detective Therese Fossnes travels north to lead the investigation. Before long, the investigators zero in on a main suspect: Esaias Vanhakoski, who brazenly admits his loathing of Udde. Gradually, however, it develops into something more complex than a police procedural. It becomes a story about the encumbered love between Therese and Esaias, about mankind’s need for linguistic and cultural roots, and about what happens once they are uprooted.
Witty, serious, and imaginative in a delightfully inimitable mix, it is guaranteed to satisfy each one of Mikael Niemi’s many readers.