DS Evert Backstroem is in charge of a rare kind of case. Finding a suspect for the murder of Thomas Eriksson - gangster lawyer and renowned defender of the guilty - isn't difficult, but narrowing down the long list of people who wanted him dead is almost impossible. Certainly the only thing the detective is mourning is his obligation to process the paperwork.
Fortunately, Backstroem has spent his years cultivating a group of questionable acquaintances. His colleagues don't know that he only closes his cases with the help of these friends. Nor that Backstroem owes them a few favours. But this time they're all in for a surprise because even the dirtiest cop couldn't have predicted where this trail would lead or how far from comfortable Backstroem might be at its end.
Leif G.W. Persson is Scandinavia's most renowned criminologist and a leading psychological profiler. He has also served as an advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Justice. Since 1991, he has held the position of Professor at the National Swedish Police Board and is regularly consulted as the country's foremost expert on crime. He is the author of ten bestselling crime novels including The Dying Detective which won both the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award for Best Crime Novel of 2010 and The Glass Key for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of 2010. During his career Persson has been the recipient of many other prestigious awards including The Piraten Award, The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award (which he has won three times), The Finnish Whodunnit Society's Annual Award for Excellence in Foreign Crime Writing, The Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel, and The Danish Academy of Crime Writers' Palle Rosenkrantz Prize.