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The princess of Burundi
Kjell Eriksson
Adult Fiction ERIKSSO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

When the badly mutilated body of John Harald Jonsson-a working-class family man and an expert on the tropical fish known as cichlids-is found in the snow in the provincial Swedish town of Libro, homicide detective Ola Haver and his colleague, Ann Lindell, quickly identify a suspect, an embittered sociopath. The brilliance of Eriksson's richly detailed crime novel, his second (after The Illuminated Path) but his first to be translated into English, lies in its psychological and even sociological insights. Eriksson not only reveals a deep, sympathetic understanding for his large cast of characters but also evokes a pervasive sense of despair, reminiscent of Henning Mankell's, in the face of the violent, amoral nature of contemporary society and the challenges it places on the police. The title derives from the common name of one of Jonsson's beloved cichlids, and the aquarium is a neat metaphor for the dynamics of smalltown life. This suspenseful, intelligent and perceptive book is terrific. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Starred Review. Could Eriksson become Sweden's Ed McBain? This solid police procedural, winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel, is reminiscent of the 87th Precinct series, with its emphasis on the work and lives of the cops. When the tortured and mutilated body of tropical fish fancier John Jonsson is found, Uppsala police resist tying the murder to other cases committed by Jonsson's mentally unbalanced school classmate and instead seek a money motive. (The novel's title is the popular name for a particular tropical fish, as well as John's pet name for his wife, Berit.) Not as dark as recent mysteries by fellow Scandinavian mystery writers Åke Edwardson (Sun and Shadow) and Arnaldur Indridason (Jar City), this has its own tone, with strong echoes of McBain in characters, plot, and prose. Don't miss it. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 10/1/05.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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