….. you had never met….. and your dreams can become your worst nightmare.
….. because some contracts cannot be broken….. not even by your own death.
“Paganini kontrakten” is Alexandra and Alexander Coelho Ahndorils second crime written under the pseudonym: Lars Kepler….. and it looks like one more bestseller is in the box for this amazing duro.
Once again we get acquainted with the competent criminal commissioner Joona Linna from the homicide commission.
The story: A young woman is found dead on a beautiful summer day. She is drowned in brackish water, on board a sailing boat drifting in the Stockholm archipelago. Later that day, a man is found hanged in his noble residences on Östermalm…… it looks like suicide…..
To see how this suicide is linked to the murder of the young girl is not easy, but Joona Linna is determined to solve the mystery, and before he knows it, he is deeply involved in a case of arms trafficking, genocide and African civil war.
As a parallel, we follow the dead girl’s sister and her boyfriend who is on the run through the archipelago with a ruthless killer on their heels. Neither the fleeing couple or Linna can find out what it’s all about, but with the murder rate still rising with alarming speed, the professional assassin pursued his goal blindly, and everybody who happen to get in his way are quickly killed.
Paganini kontraktener is a solid, professionally written crime novel, and there are plenty of fast action scenes in this thriller, while the actual solving of the crime is running at a more slove pace.
History: Nicolo Paganini was a legendary violinist and composer. He was born in 1782 in Genoa, Italy, where he throughout his life was composing and playing the most gorgeous, classic music….. music, which today, still only very few are able to master….. and It was because of these extraordinary skills, that rumor said, that he had signed a pact with the devil to be able to achieve these great and almost divine powers.
The book: Paganini kontrakten is an exciting crime story, which - unlike many other of today’s crime fiction - is not about the hunt for a mentally disturbed serial killer (or at least not the kind of psychotic serial killer who we normally read about), but maybe I was expecting a little more, after reading their first book “Hypnotisøren“….. but it’s properly not an easy task to write a sequel to a book that has gotten so much publicity and is so popular.
My recommendation: unfortunately it did not meet my - probably too high - expectations for a resounding successor….. but it is an action-packed and well-constructed story about the struggle between good and evil….. a gripping crime story…. perfect in the company of a good glass of red and a cozy crackling fire in the fireplace, after a long day in the slopes (for those of us who have not held all our ski holiday yet), or as something cold and chillingly exciting in the summer heat - a real holiday thriller!