, Jul 21, 2003
- 249 pages
Sibylla Forsenstrom doesn't exist. For fifteen years Sibylla has lived outside of society and on the streets of Stockholm, taking each day as it comes, surviving by her wits. Estranged from her family and desperate to escape her past, she is alone and prefers it that way. One evening she charms and deceives a wealthy businessman into buying her dinner and paying for a hotel room. It's a regular scam of hers and one that always seems to work. But when his dead body is discovered the next morning and Sibylla flees the hotel, she is the prime suspect. When a second man is murdered in similar circumstances, she suddenly becomes the most wanted person in Sweden. Winner of the Best Nordic Crime Novel in 2000 (previous winners include Peter Hoeg's Miss Smilia's Feeling for Snow and Henning Mankell's Faceless Killers), Karin Alvtegen's first novel to be translated into English is an unputdownable piece of crime fiction that immediately catapults her into the top rank of European thriller writers.