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The Fifth Season

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781444776294

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It’s early May when a young family out on a forest walk stumble upon a heavily mutliated body. The female corpse is in eerily good condition, and signs of torture are all too visible.

Inspector Malin Fors immediately draws parallels between this case and that of Maria Murvall, the young woman who was found raped and brutally beaten in the forest several years ago. Maria has been living as a mute in the local psychiatric hospital ever since the attack, and Malin is haunted by her inability to help her.

In the course of her investigation, Malin meets with a psychologist who tells her about another similar case, and suddenly Maria appears to be a small piece of a much bigger puzzle. But what is it that is so terrible it can’t be put into words?

Malin is determined to find out the truth, no matter where it might take her.


THE FIFTH SEASON signals the end of Mons Kallentoft's highly individual 'season' series with his intuitive detective Malin Fors. Kallentoft himself called the novels in the sequence a Dante-esque study in evil, looking at it from all possible angles to try to discern what evil actually is, where it comes from, what it feels like, how it smells . . . This confrontation with the inner core of human malfeasance means that The Fifth Season is, inevitably, a gruesome and shocking book, But Kallentoft is never gratuitous: every disturbing thing in these pages serves a distict purpose. Kallentoft has a dispassionate eye regarding his characters, but that doesn't stop the reader becoming totally involved. What's more, Kallentoft, with his highly unusual style, produces something quite unlike other writers on the Scandinavian crime scene.
Good Book Guide
This is a solid series by Kallentoft that always makes interesting reading . . . A well-crafted murder story'
Crime Pieces