Dark Music (Paperback)
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Dark Music (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages
Published: 25/05/2023
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The author of The Girl in the Spider's Web returns with a blistering new crime series inspired by the legacy of Sherlock Holmes, as a brilliant Swedish maverick teams up with a tenacious Chilean cop to solve a fiendish case.

A gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of The Girl in the Spider's Web. The launch of a new series inspired by Sherlock Holmes.

A murder investigation brings together two unlikely allies in a race to uncover a shadowy international conspiracy. Professor Hans Rekke: born into a wealthy Stockholm family, world authority on interrogation techniques, capable of vertiginous feats of logic and observation... But he might just fall apart when the going gets tough, leading to substance abuse and despair.

Micaela Vargas: community police officer, born to Chilean political refugees in a tough suburb, with two brothers on the shady side of the law. Vargas feels she has something to prove. She's tenacious and uncompromising, but she needs Rekke's unique mind to help her solve the case. Rekke has it all - wealth, reputation - but also a tendency to throw it all away. He needs Vargas to help him get back on an even keel so he can focus his mind on finding the killer before they're both silenced for good.

Translated from the Swedish by Ian Giles.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529413229
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 198 x 160 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A crime thriller inspired by Sherlock Holmes, written by the author who successfully continued writing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy sounds like a dream. But it's happened . . . You'll love the massive contrast in styles of the two main characters, as they cope with the ups and downs of a complicated investigation - one Holmes himself would have loved to solve - Alan Jones, Independent

Takes in the Taliban's hatred of music and musicians, the Americans' use of torture in the 'War on Terror' and much else. [A] rich, engrossing novel. - Natasha Cooper, Literary Review

Fans of dark Swedish crime will love this moody thriller from the guy who continued Stieg Larsson's dragon tattoo series - Natasha Harding, The Sun

A slow burner with emphasis on character development, Dark Music is an intricately written and gripping Scandi-crime read - teeing up future stories for its protagonists - Reaction

Dark Music . . . has a cosmopolitan collection of oddball characters, and themes as diverse as classicalmusic and Sweden's antiterrorist policies. - John Dugdale, The Times (Best Thrillers 2022)

A nerve-racking political thriller with the most exciting detective duo in a long time. Micaela Vargas, a fighter, and Hans Rekke, a tragic genius - characters so complex and engaging that you become addicted to them. Bring on their next case, David Lagercrantz! - Romy Hausmann, author of Dear Child

A complex and dark Sherlock Holmesian tale, first in a new series by from The Girl in the Spider's Web author. - Myles McWeeney, Irish Independent

I have no choice but to surrender. David Lagercrantz knows his craft - Expressen

An enormous amount of research is behind this story, everything from music-theoretical concepts to the rapidly growing class alienation of the noughties is depicted with precision - Dagens Nyheter

An ambitious and complex plot that wants to follow the conventional thriller template on one hand, but on the other hand wants to tell us something more - Göteborgs-Posten

Very entertaining . . . the depiction of the double act's friendship is finely tuned and poignant - Svenska Dagbladet

The craftsmanship has been honed following the Millennium novels. As if he has imitated the winning concept to perfection . . . It works brilliantly - Expressen

A must-read . . . Lagercrantz guides us with playful ease - Smålandsposten

David Lagercrantz skilfully navigates the complicated plot, from the Taliban's Afghanistan, through the Soviet Union's prominent music schools, Islamist terrorist attacks and wars, behind the doors of the CIA and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs . . . Lagercrantz guides us with playful ease . . . Dark Music is a book that has to be read - Smålandsposten

One likes Rekke and Vargas - both as partners and as individuals - and that's where David Lagercrantz really captivates the reader - Kulturnytt, Swedish Radio

Fans of dark Swedish crime will love this moody thriller from the guy who continued Stieg Larsson's dragon tattoo series. - Natasha Harding, The Sun

A murder investigation with complex international tendrils is well handled by Lagercrantz, and Ian Giles provides an idiomatic translation - Barry Forshaw, Financial Times

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“Quirky crime thriller, excellent characters.”

Dark Music is a really great crime thriller, mostly made by its two main protagonists - a Holmes like Professor who fights his personal demons daily and a detective with a criminally minded brother.

The plot involves... More

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“A man is killed but how is this linked to killings in the past?”

Professor Hans Rekke may have insight into people but right now he needs help to function and come back from despair. Micaela Vargas is just what he needs but she needs him to solve a murder enquiry where external... More

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“Essential reading for fans of Nordic Noir and political thrillers”

David Lagercrantz's name will already be familiar to many enthusiasts of Nordic Noir. Following the premature death of legendary Swedish author Stieg Larsson, Lagercrantz was approached to continue... More

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