Winner of Crimetime Specsavers Award - Crime Writer of the year 2017
Marked for life. Trained for death. Some scars cut the deepest.
To protect her past, she must find the real suspect. Before the police do.
When a high-ranking head of the migration board is found shot to death in his living room, there is no shortage of suspects, including his wife. But no one expects to find mysterious, child-sized fingerprints in this childless home.
Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius steps in to lead the investigation. Young and brilliant but emotionally cold, Berzelius, like her famous prosecutor father, won’t be swayed by the hysterical widow or intimidated by the threatening letters the victim had tried to hide. She is steely, aloof, and impenetrable. That is, until the boy...
A few days later on a nearby deserted shoreline, the body of a derelict preteen is discovered, and with him, the murder weapon that killed the official. Berzelius finds herself drawn more deeply into the case when, as she attends the boy’s autopsy, she recognizes something familiar on his small, scarred, drug-riddled body. Cut deep into his flesh are initials that scream child trafficking and trigger in her a flash of memory from her own dark childhood. Her connection to this boy has been carved with deliberation and malice that penetrate to her very core.
Now, to protect her own horrific but hidden past, she must find the real suspect behind these murders, before the police do.
International bestselling author Emelie Schepp introduces us to the enigmatic, unforgettable Jana Berzelius in this first novel of a suspenseful, chilling trilogy.
"Emelie Schepp's plot complexity is worthy of a Nesbo or Kepler." DAST Magazine
"A page-turner you can’t put down." TV4
"Captures you from the first page and never lets go. Gradually, layer after layer of human evil is revealed. An impressive debut! “ Bestselling Nordic authors Cilla and Rolf Börjlind
“One of the best crime novels I have ever read!” Anna Jansson, bestselling Nordic author of Killer’s Island
“This debut novel captivates the reader from the first moment and is impossible to put down." Detective Magazine