The ice beneath her : a novel / Camilla Grebe ; translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: As winter's chill descends on Stockholm, homicide detectives Peter Lindgren and Manfred Olsson arrive at a crime scene, a posh suburban home where an unidentified woman was beheaded--a murder made more disturbing by its uncanny resemblance to an unsolved killing ten years earlier. As the detectives search for motives and the homeowner, CEO Jesper Orre, they enlist the help of retired criminal profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön. But they aren't the only ones searching. A young clerk from Orre's company, Emma Bohman, had an affair with Orre right before he disappeared. One staggering misfortune after another followed, leaving Emma certain that Orre was to blame. Pursuing the same man for different reasons, Emma and the police are destined to cross paths in a chilling dance of obsession, vengeance, madness, and love gone hellishly wrong. -- From publisher.
    • Other Titles:
      Älskaren från huvudkontoret. English
    • ISBN:
      9780425284322 (hardcover : alk. paper)
      0425284328 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Booklist Reviews 2016 October #1

In this first solo novel from Swedish author Grebe (coauthor of the Siri Bergman crime novels and the Moscow Noir trilogy), various characters take chapter turns and portray the mystery of a rich lover who breaks off contact and has perhaps come to harm, and a murdered woman found in his apartment. Is the controversial retail tycoon dead? Or is he a murderer on the run? The police and a consultant seeking the truth occupy center stage, and an old relationship becomes further fodder for intrigue. Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction, and crime fiction generally, will enjoy the understated, angsty drama created by Grebe; librarians who are desperate for Girl on the Train read-alikes can also turn to this for readers who enjoy an antiheroine. Finally, the book is also a candidate for those who enjoyed Alice LaPlante's Turn of Mind (2011)—as a main character has Alzheimer's disease and her condition and its implications in the workplace are well portrayed. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2016 July #1

Having written a high-flying crime series with sister Åsa Träff (its first two titles were nominated for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year), Grebe goes solo with the story of quiet, lovely Emma Bohman, who launches an affair with business tycoon Jesper Orre, in whose company she works. After he breaks it off, scary things start happening to her, even as police discover a woman's beheaded body at Orre's Stockholm home. That puts investigator Peter Lindgren and psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön, a tempestuously involved couple, on the case. Film rights optioned by New Line Cinema.

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PW Reviews 2016 September #4

The decapitation of a young woman propels Grebe's exceptional solo debut, which examines three lives broken by failures to take responsibility in a Stockholm where "even the sky is crying." Peter Lindgren, the detective investigating the crime, is afraid of commitment and still hasn't accepted the teenage son he never wanted; shop assistant Emma Bohman, whose now-missing wealthy lover appears to be the prime suspect in the murder, dwells on her painful dysfunctional childhood; and profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön, who's trapped in a suffocating marriage, faces early-onset Alzheimer's while helping the police with the case. The present-day crime resembles a 10-year-old cold case during which Peter and Hanne shared a short, tragic relationship. In alternating chapters, the three central figures regret what could have been, grieve for what's been lost, and lament what seemingly can never be, until their bone-rattling self-revelations are redeemed at last by human love. Grebe has collaborated with her sister, Åsa Träff, on the crime series featuring psychologist Siri Bergman (More Bitter than Death, etc.). Agents: Astri Von Arbin Ahlander and Christine Edhäll, Ahlander Agency (Sweden). (Dec.)

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