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The Stonecutter

Fiction: Mystery & Detective
Unabridged   17 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/09/2012

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The Stonecutter

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615735501
Digital Download ISBN:9781615735518


In the third novel from Sweden’s bestselling female writer, yet more trouble for the small town of Fjällbacka: The mysterious drowning of a little girl threatens to tear the town apart.

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The remote resort town of Fjällbacka has seen more than its share of tragedies, but a little girl found in a fisherman’s net may be the worst yet—especially when the postmortem reveals that this was a methodical murder, not an accidental drowning.

Local detective Patrik Hedstrom has just become a father, and it’s his grim task to discover who could have killed a child both he and his partner Erica knew well. He realizes that the solution lies with finding a motive for this terrible crime. Although Hedstrom is no stranger to the criminal mind, he couldn’t possibly predict how this case will reach into Fjällbacka’s darkest heart, spanning generations and ripping aside its idyllic façade, perhaps forever.


“Narrator David Thorn makes the Swedish names accessible in a way print does not. His tongue glides over the unfamiliar pronunciations, leaving the listener engaged in the story, which stretches back to the 1920s. Even the red herrings take you somewhere you need to go. . . . This is a must purchase.”
      —Library Journal

Thorn is a master of building and lessening suspense by altering pacing and inflections, allowing characters’ inner dialogues to clearly contrast with their spoken words. As the plot draws to a conclusion, Thorn outdoes himself voicing the murderer’s reactions to being caught, convicted, and imprisoned. Another winner from Läckberg.”

“The extreme darkness of the human spirit—a quality that marks Läckberg’s novel and the work of many other Swedish crime writers—is expertly portrayed in this audio edition by narrator David Thorn, who previously read earlier installments in the author’s . . . series.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“Listening to the audio book was great fun. . . . I highly recommend . . . especially for fans of Nordic crime novels.”
      —Chaos Is A Friend of Mine Blog

“Smoothly performed by David Thorn. . . . Stonecutter is a gripping novel of the dark side of human nature, unforgettable to the very end.”
      —Library Bookwatch

“Narrator David Thorn distinguishes the bevy of characters and deftly pronounces their unfamiliar names.”

“[David Thorn] managed to maintain the continuity of the narration through-out and it was an easy listen.”
      —Dee’s Book Blog

“One of those mysteries that ruin a vacation. Take it to the beach and your eyes will be so locked on its pages, you’ll never know there’s an ocean in front of you. . . . Richly textured and downright breathtaking.”
      —Washington Post

“Equal parts atmospheric and suspenseful. It winds its way along two paths . . . that the two stories will eventually converge, with shocking consequences, is testament to Camilla Läckberg’s incomparable storytelling skills. If you have not yet read the equally entrancing The Ice Princess and The Preacher, what are you waiting for?”
      —USA Today

The Stonecutter, by Camilla Läckberg . . . continues her excellent series . . . The main narrative is cleverly interspersed with flashbacks from the past, the relevance of which becomes apparent as the novel progresses. Läckberg is particularly good at portraying the claustrophobia of a small community in which everyone knows everyone else and the police may well be friends with killers.”
      —Marcel Berlins, The Times

“Camilla Läckberg is probably the hottest female writer in Sweden at the moment . . . Läckberg’s job is to make the reader pleasurably uncomfortable—one of her ironclad skills.”
      —Barry Foreshaw, Independent

“The interplay between the police detectives and the lives of the characters in the small town . . . are absorbing and realistic.”

“A true pleasure to read.”
      —Nordic book blog

“This book is an unexpected delight ... Tense and disturbing—you won’t want to put it down.”
      —News of the World

The Stonecutter is one of those rare books that you will be unable to read fast enough, yet you also will want to savor slowly so you can delay the ending.”

“A perfectly plotted and paced mystery bolstered by strong, realistic characters makes this a must-read for all followers of Scandinavian crime fiction.”
       —Booklist [HC starred review]

Author Bio

CAMILLA LÄCKBERG graduated from Gothenburg University of Economics and moved to Stockholm, where she worked for a few years as an economist. A course in creative crime writing became the trigger to a drastic change of career. Her first four novels have all became Swedish number one bestsellers. She lives in a suburb of Stockholm.

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