“A man sits on the deck of a ferry outside Istanbul. He leans towards the railing and enjoys the warm winds. He is a comfortably overweight man in his best years, and he is not prepared to die.”
The brutal murder of a Swedish carpet dealer on a business trip to Turkey is the start of a story about an unknown daughter, an exclusive carpet and – as always when Karin Wahlberg writes – the everyday life and dreams of the people we meet in her stories.
Death of a Carpet Dealeris one of the seven Karin Wahlberg books featuring Police Commissioner Claes Claesson and his wife Veronika Lundborg, doctor at Oskarshamn hospital. It is a traditional crime novel based on a concrete crime to be solved – no politics, no unrelated action, but lots of ordinary life around the characters.
Wahlberg herself is one of Sweden’s most renowned accoucheurs. Her highly literary reads have sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.
“It is not just the title that hints at a classic crime novel à la Agatha Christie or Maria Lang…It wouldn’t be a crime novel by Karin Wahlberg if it wasn’t populated by a number of genuine characters one is compelled to read about. And, as always, the author brings up important issues like health care, gender equality, prejudice, and love.”
Katrineholmskuriren/ Swedish newspaper
“ … A playful stretch of the limits of the series…definitely her most charming.”
Norra Skåne/ Swedish newspaper
“As always, Karin Wahlberg portrays people and their everyday life and dreams very accurately. She captures the pulsing life in Istanbul quite accurately, clearly having done her research. Wahlberg’s writing has a relaxed style that flows while she also has the skill to craft refreshing and unique phraseology. The Death of a Carpet Dealer is for those who enjoy reading a well-written book with suspense, interesting and developed characters, as well as eloquently described settings.”
Bibliotekstjänst/ Swedish library service
Translated by: Neil Betteridge