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Blaze Me a Sun

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One of the New York Times’s Best Crime Novels of the Year • A Good Morning America Buzz Pick
#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER A serial killer in a small Swedish town commits his first murder the same night the prime minister is assassinated—a “thrilling and profoundly poignant” (Angie Kim) novel by one of the country’s top criminologists, hailed as “the finest crime writer we have in Sweden” (David Lagercrantz, author of The Girl in the Spider’s Web and other novels in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series)

“Christoffer Carlsson is to the police procedural what Cormac McCarthy is to the Western.”—Anthony Marra, author of Mercury Pictures Presents and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena


In February 1986, the Halland police receive a call from a man who claims to have attacked his first victim.
I’m going to do it again, he says before the line cuts off. By the time police officer Sven Jörgensson reaches the crime scene, the woman is taking her last breath. For Sven, this will prove a decisive moment. On the same night, Sweden plunges into a state of shock after the murder of the prime minister. Could there possibly be a connection?

As Sven becomes obsessed with the case, two more fall victim. For years, Sven remains haunted by the murders he cannot solve, fearing the killer will strike again. Having failed to catch him, Sven retires from the police, passing his obsession to his son, who has joined the force to be closer to his father.

Decades later, the case unexpectedly resurfaces when a novelist returns home to Halland amid a failed marriage and a sputtering career. The writer befriends the retired police officer, who helps the novelist—our narrator—unspool the many strands of this engrossing tale about a community confronting its shames and legacies.

A #1 bestseller in Sweden,
Blaze Me a Sun marks the American debut of the youngest winner of the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year award, the top prize for Swedish crime writers whose past winners include Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Blaze Me a Sun is at once a crime novel and a gripping study in how we struggle to understand our own lives." - Flynn Berry

"That rare crime novel that had me turning the pages in suspense, while also nearly moving me to tears." - Christopher Bollen

"A Russian doll of a mystery... you think you know where this book is going. You don't. Carlsson's American debut is a wonder." - Joseph Finder

"The most gripping novel I've read this year." - Grant Ginder

"Thrilling and profoundly poignant, Blaze Me a Sun thrums with a relentless tension that culminates in one of the most satisfying and devastating endings I've read in a long time." - Angie Kim

"Carlsson is the finest crime writer we have in Sweden. His writing is a perfect combination of crystal clear prose and exact knowledge." - David Lagercrantz

"Carlsson is to the police procedural what Cormac McCarthy is to the Western... If you read crime fiction, you'll find yourself gripped by the ingenious plotting... If you read literary fiction, you'll find yourself moved by the gorgeous writing... If... you read both... Blaze Me a Sun is the perfect novel." - Anthony Marra

"A gripping, powerful story about an obsessive quest for truth." - Chris Pavone

"A sinister joyride." - Adam White

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