The remains of a nine-year-old girl are found in a stone cave in a nature reserve. The traces lead back fifty years in time, to a foster home for young girls located in a house that used to be a funeral home. The house burned down in a fire many years ago, and the police are left with few clues.

Detective Inspector Kristoffer Bark at the Örebro Police is handling the case together with his motley team of relocated colleagues. The tip about the girl’s remains came from a woman, Magdalena Fernåker, who claims to have psychic abilities. She sees her clients at a conference center, but when the police call her in for questioning, she is missing and nowhere to be found.

Kristoffer Bark is challenged also on the personal level as his feelings for colleague Mia Berger grow stronger. The investigation gets closer to his private life when his sister also gets involved.

Crime master, Anna Jansson is back with a breathtaking suspense novel about Kristoffer Bark and his cold case group at the Örebro Police. The focus in this fourth installment is on betrayal and manipulation, in a battle of life and death.

315 pages


Denmark: People’s
Estonia: Eesti Raamat
Finland: Gummerus
Germany: Blanvalet
Sweden: Norstedts


“Anna Jansson has written an exciting detective story with an intelligent plot where betrayal and manipulation are in focus. Horrible childhood experiences in a foster home are the cause of murder decades later. The author is merciless in her portrayal of how a ruthless person manipulates people with healing for his own gain. Jansson writes at a good pace and with high tension throughout the book. A book you don’t want to put down.”
DAST Magazine /SWE

“Anna Jansson is adept at portraying people, whether they are tired parents or decline drug addicts, and her plots are always well measured.”
Lotta Olsson, Dagens Nyheter / SWE

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