Publisher: Vintage Canada
A police officer is callously shot and killed in his bedroom in front of his traumatized wife, Julia. When the police arrive on the scene, Julia rambles on about a woman entering the house, killing David and kidnapping their son, but all the evidence suggests Julia is guilty of the crime. Reporter Annika Bengtzon covers the case and is drawn in headfirst when she realizes that Julia is about to be falsely charged. Working against the clock, Annika is determined to clear Julia's name and locate her missing son.


"One of the most popular crime writers of our time."
—Patricia Cornwell

"The plot is so excellent that I cannot think of any other writer than Liza Marklund to have cooked it up. As we approach the dramatic denouement, the author displays her full register, and greatness, as a crime writer. Few, if any, have her capacity to change the pace of the story instantly, and her portrayals of fatigue, fear and despair are first-rate."
—Aftenposten (Norway)

"Marklund plays with Swedish history, politics, and current events all the while maintaining the integrity of her characters.... A series to savour."
—Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

“Marklund has created a complex page-turner, complete with gritty realism, a flawed but likable protagonist, and nonstop suspense.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The plot is smart and suspenseful. The agreeably flawed Annika’s personal story, which avoids clichés even as her husband falls into one in taking up with a beautiful blonde, draws us in. And Marklund knows her journalistic turf: Her rendering of the methods, internal politics and economics of newspapers is spot on. The best of Marklund’s books to be published in the U.S., this work sets readers up for the next installment of the Annika Bengtzon series, A Place in the Sun, with a tantalizing last-minute revelation.”
—Kirkus Reviews