Midwinter Sacrifice (UK, Canada, Australia)


'An investigation consists of a mass of voices, the sort you can hear, and the sort you can`t. You have to listen to the soundless voices, Malin. That`s where the truth is hidden.`

The snow covered all the tracks, as the killer knew it would. But it couldn`t hide the victim, the man who now hung naked from a lonely tree on a frozen plain.

Malin Fors is first on the scene. A thirty-one-year-old single mother, Malin is the most talented and ambitious detective on the Linkoping police force, but also the most unpredictable. She must lead the investigation while keeping her fractured life on the rails.

No one knows the identity of the dead man. Or perhaps no one ever wanted to know. When all the voices of the investigation have fallen silent, Malin can rely only on herself and her own instincts. And as she follows in the frigid wake of the killer, Malin begins to discover just how far the people in this small town are willing to go to keep their secrets buried.


Published by Hodder & Stoughton


'A must for the fans of Swedish crime novels.' -- Globe and mail (Canada)


'One of the best-realised female heroines I've read by a male writer' -- Guardian


'Midwinter Sacrifice is utterly gripping, with a superb plot. It is tense, dark, and suspenseful. I loved it. With her many personal problems, Malin makes for an intriguing and sympathetic character. Kallentoft's story is, I think, even better than Steig Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.'Richard, Richard and Judy's Book Club' -- Richard, Richard and Judy's Book Club


'The highest suspense' -- Camilla Lackberg, international bestselling author of The Stonecutter


'Don't bother with Stieg Larsson, Kallentoft is better' -- Magnus Utvik, Sweden's leading critic

'He has a completely unique style, an exquisite narrative that you drink in with pleasure ... I'm convinced: a crime novel doesn't get much more beautiful than this' -- Kristianstadsbladet


'A gripping opening gambit ... Investigating inspector Malin Fors is a feisty single mother, whose flaws are intriguing and endearing ... The chillingly suspense-filled story works up to a truly stunning finale.' -- Easy Living 'Sharp writing and original insights add spice' -- Literary Review 'Kallentoft is gifted ... He has a knack for characterisation and describing the slow burn of police work.' -- The Age (Australia)


'A cleverly crafted ... dark multilayered murder mystery' -- Courier Mail (Australia)


'Malin Fors is an intriguing and complex heroine ... MIDWINTER SACRIFICE shows the hidden life under the picturesque surface ... Kallentoft is an outstanding writer' -- Nordic Bookblog


'More very impressive input from another Scandinavian writer with something refreshingly different to say and with a different way of saying it ... the background of Sweden in the grip of a cruel and punishing winter is brought vividly to the page. His illustration of the complex character of his heroine is also impressive ... An impressive book.


' -- Tangled Web 'Engaging' -- Manly Daily (Australia)


'Gripping' -- New Books Magazine 'Delivers in spades' -- Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)