It’s June in Visby. Maria Wern and her colleagues at the county police station are preparing for this year’s invasion of partying tourists. In the summer, the drugs are everywhere across the island. Rumor has it that somewhere in the countryside there’s a large domestic producer of cannabis. A new farm, impossible to detect.

The weather is completely dislocated. The storms reach hurricane strength and all the boat traffic is cancelled. The well known Politicians Week in Almedalen gets a dramatic start when a brutal murder occurs – a 30 year old woman, married to a young politician, is found dead in the home.

Meanwhile, in Tingstäde on northern Gotland, a small group of people has gathered in secret to await the end of the world. Since the mid-1700s the knowledge of the apocalypse has been carried through generations in this region, and an astronomical clock dating from Christoffer Polhem’s days is ticking inexorably toward the final day.

Prisoners of Fear bears all the mystics and thrill so typical for Anna Jansson’s successful Maria Wern crime series.

330 pages


Denmark: People’s Press
Finland: Gummerus
Germany: BookBeat
Norway: Cappelen Damm
Poland: BookBeat
Sweden: Norstedts

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“Exciting and well written with nice descriptions of the surroundings and interesting character portraits.”
Allers / SWE

“Anna Jansson succeeds in a great way to weave everything together in an unexpected ending.”
Värmlands Folkblad / SWE

“Easy to read, thoughtful and engaging.”
Allas / SWE

“Maria Wern’s new case becomes a complex, captivating weave.”
Borås Tidning / SWE

“As always when it comes to Anna Jansson, it is well written and exciting. It is easy to be captured by the story and get drawn into this page turner.”
Tankar från en samlares hjärna, blog / SWE

“Anna Jansson is skilled at weaving her characters personal life together with an exciting story.”
Ölandsbladet / SWE

“Skilfully plaited and exciting.”
Lotta Olsson, Dagens Nyheter / SWE