A NEW GENERATION OF SCANDINAVIAN CRIME
Strange Bird is a fast paced thriller that raises disturbing moral questions. Set on the Swedish island Gotland, it is a novel that will truly shake the reader.
When a bird flu pandemic reaches the picturesque yet uncanny island Gotland, panic spreads among the inhabitants and the hunt for scapegoats begins. Extremist and anti-immigrant groups gain ground while a nurse makes a gruesome discovery that will cost her her life. The complicated but strong-minded Detective Inspector Maria Wern is perfectly suited to solve the case.
Strange Bird is the first book in the Maria Wern-series to be translated into English, and showcases Anna Jansson’s mastery of combining a hairraising mystery with the inner lives of her beloved characters. The Maria Wern novels have been turned into successful TV series that was broadcasted in Europe and in the U.S. in 2012.
Anna Jansson is often described as a modern Agatha Christie. Her hardboiled detective plots blended with relational drama have established her as one of Europe’s most popular authors with more than two million copies sold in over fifteen countries.
★ “Outstanding! The ending of this suspenseful blend of scientific thriller and whodunit packs a real wallop.”
“Jansson is a welcome addition to the Swedish mystery writers now available in English…detailed fast paced plot…”
“Thrilling! Maria Wern is so much more than a regular police inspector.”
—Le Nouvel Observateur
“One of the best [Swedish] mystery novels of all time. Well-written, well-reasoned and credible in a very scary way.”