When a house alarm goes off in V rmd , an island in Stockholm's archipelago, a security guard shows up expecting a break-in. But what he finds is far from ordinary: an unidentifiable body, brutally slaughtered. Complicating matters is the wounded young man he finds near the crime scene--a man who police will count as their prime suspect.
Emelie Jansson, a newly-minted lawyer at a top firm, takes on the young man's case. By her side is Teddy, an ex-con trying to stay on the right side of the law as he works as the firm's fixer. But Teddy has his own problems to worry about--namely his wayward nephew, who's on the verge of following in his uncle's criminal footsteps.
Who is the murder victim, and who is the murderer? And why do all roads seem to lead to Mats Emanuelsson, a man Teddy once kidnapped? As Emilie investigates, Teddy must confront his past and save his nephew from a troubled fate. Soon, all three get caught in a high-stakes game that threatens to undo their lives.
Jens Lapidus is the author of three of the best selling Swedish novels this past decade: Easy Money, Never Fuck Up and Life Deluxe. His own professional experience as a criminal defence lawyer, at a firm representing some of the most notorious criminals in the country, has given him unusual insights into a world that most people would rather not acknowledge. Critics have tagged him 'a Swedish James Ellroy', a truth-telling author who writes about life on the streets and depicts the underbelly of Swedish society.