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Sharon C. (Mamu) - ,
Subject: Karin Alvtegen?
Date Posted: 2/2/2009 11:01 AM ET
Member Since: 3/12/2007
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I just got this review from the Stop You're Killing Me newsletter.  Doesn't this sound good?  Has anyone read it or anything by this author?  I had never heard of her.

Missing by Karin Alvtegen

Missing (Sweden 2000, US 2008) is the story of Sibylla Forenstrom, a 32-year old drifter on the streets of Stockholm. Dressed in her best thrift-store suit, Sibylla cons a wealthy businessman into buying her dinner and a hotel room in a fancy hotel. When the police arrive the next morning she assumes the con has been exposed and flees. But the man has been brutally murdered, and the police identify Sibylla's fingerprints and charge her with the crime, revealing that she disappeared from a mental institution 15 years earlier. Two other murders follow, and Sibylla, whose survival on the streets depends on her anonymity, finds she is now the most wanted criminal in Sweden with her face on every newspaper. A fortuitous encounter with a 15-year-old loner with computer talents provides Sibylla with an ally who is eager to help her track down the real serial killer. Throughout the book, Sibylla's past is slowly revealed, adding depth to this well-written thriller.

Missing is a finalist for the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Mystery.

Date Posted: 2/2/2009 11:40 AM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2007
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It sounds very interesting. I already have that one on my WL based on the rec from SYKM and the Edgar nomination. I look forward to reading it.
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 6:26 PM ET
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Have to keep an eye out for this one--I've really come to enjoy several other Scandinavian mystery series and this sounds good, too. Of course, I need another new series like I need a hole in the head! LOL


Date Posted: 2/6/2009 9:04 AM ET
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I've read a couple of books by Karin Alvtegen and liked Missing and Shame(actually have a copy of this on my bookshelf).  I didn't like Betrayal as much as the other two.  Her books remind me a bit of Ruth Rendell and Nicci French.