The Demon of Dakar
Publication Date: April 29, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Already a huge star in Europe and the Nordic countries, Kjell Eriksson has American critics also raving, with almost every review studded with words like "stunning," "chilling," "suspenseful," "haunting," and "brilliant." In The Demon of Dakar, Ann Lindell and her motley crew of colleagues are faced with a most baffling murder case in which all clues lead straight back to a popular local restaurant named Dakar. The owner, Slobodan Andersson, has some shady connections in his past, and his partner's reputation is equally murky. The kitchen crew is not above suspicion, either. The meat chef is an oddball, to say the least, while unbeknownst to the rest, the newest hire's personal life is a tangled web of lies. Even Eva Willman, the seemingly blameless older woman returning to the workforce as a waitress, has skeletons in her closet. And then the tension rachets up a number of notches as it becomes apparent that one murder has not satisfied the killer in the least. If Ann is to prevent a bloodbath at Restaurant Dakar, she must match wits with a killer whose motives are seemingly completely obscure. But the reader knows the killer well. His crimes are justified from his point of view. Not only that, he's a very likable fellow who is only looking for justice. As in all of Kjell Eriksson's compelling spellbinders, though, justice entails a frantic race to the finish, a race without rules and fraught with danger.
Kjell Eriksson's novels are instant bestsellers in Sweden, and his popularity is skyrocketing in Germany, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands. The Demon of Dakar is his third mystery to be published by Minotaur in the United States; previous titles include The Cruel Stars of the Night and The Princess of Burundi, winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel. He lives in Uppsala, Sweden.
Unanimous Praise for Kjell Eriksson "Kjell Eriksson's crime novels are among the very best."- Henning Mankell "Riveting...resembles the books of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, not to mention those of the modern master Henning Mankell."- The Wall Street Journal on The Princess of Burundi "Moving...Eriksson understands the pathology of suffering humanity and explores it with the utmost tenderness."- The New York Times Book Review on The Cruel Stars of the Night "Ingenious...a chillingly well-drawn psychotic...very satisfying."- Los Angeles Times on The Princess of Burundi "Terrific...subtly brilliant...compellingly suspenseful."- San Francisco Chronicle on The Princess of Burundi "Eriksson is a major talent, and his feel for ensemble narrative will have McBain devotees enthralled."- Booklist on The Cruel Stars of the Night