FROM THE BOOK JACKET: In the magnificent third installment of the internationally bestselling Bäckström series, the irascible detective becomes entangled in an investigation  with--incredibly--strange ties to Tsar Nicholas II, Winston Churchill, and Vladimir Putin. 

Murder isn't often good news. But when DS Evert Bäckström is told that Thomas Eriksson--a mafia lawyer and renowned defender of the guilty--has been killed, he can't help but celebrate, perhaps with a little vodka. Bäckström's good mood is spoiled, however, when he's assigned to the frustrating case, as narrowing down the list of people who wanted Eriksson dead is almost impossible. It's miles long! Fortunately, Bäckström has spent years cultivating a group of questionable acquaintances and shady associates who will prove invaluable in solving the crime--as long as his colleagues don't find out about these illicit connections, or that Bäckström owes them a few favors. But even the dirtiest cop couldn't have predicted that this trail would lead to a priceless Fabergé music box created for Tsar Nicholas II, with a history as notorious as it is singular.

Photo of Leif GW PerssonABOUT THE AUTHOR: Leif G.W. Persson has chronicled the political and social development of modern Swedish society in his award-winning novels for more than three decades. He has served as an adviser to the Swedish ministry of justice and is Sweden's most renowned psychological profiler. A professor at the Swedish National Police Board, he is considered the country's foremost expert on crime.


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