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Published by Simon and Schuster, 14
January 2016. ISBN: 978-1-47114-880-4 (PB)
The Chosen is a story of
revenge served cold, very cold.
The complicated tale is set in
Stockholm where the investigative analyst, Fredrika Bergman and police inspector
Alex Recht hunt for the heartless killer of a pre-school teacher and two ten
year old boys who are abducted and then shot. All three victims belong to
a Jewish community, a fact that assumes greater importance as the investigation
proceeds. Fredrika and Alex are helped/ hindered in their search for the
truth by the Swedish secret service Sapo and the Israeli’s Mossad, and by an
ex-police colleague who’d abandoned the police several years previously after
he’d shot his brother’s murderer. A previous relationship between Eden
Lundell, a senior member of Sapo and Efraim Keil, a Mossad agent who just
happens to be in Stockholm, though nobody knows why, further complicates the
The name, The Paper Boy, keeps
cropping up in the investigation. A frightening concept used to
discipline children on a kibbutz. Is he a mythical figure or a real
person? And why has the name reappeared in Sweden?
Fredrika and Alex believe that
both sets of the dead boy’s parents know more than they are willing to reveal.
The parents share a lot of history. The two husbands had grown up
together on a kibbutz, and they, and one of the wives had done military service
with Mossad agent Efraim Keil before both families upped sticks and left Israel
roughly ten years previously.
goes to Israel where, to her surprise, she gets ostracized by the Israeli
police who are supposed to be helping her. Why are they so
sensitive to the questions she is asking? She travels alone to the
kibbutz where one set of the murdered boy’s grandparents still live.
There she learns much of the tragic history of the two families they are
investigating and realizes that the ramifications of this story extend back
over three generations. She travels back to Sweden for the truly shocking
climax to their investigations.
book has 577 pages, but it moves along at a good pace. The deaths of the two
boys, whose characters are drawn before they die, are handled in a reasonably
matter of fact manner and the various threads of the tale are interwoven well.
There is some clever misdirection. I was thoroughly engaged by the
story and would definitely recommend it to others.
Reviewer Angela Crowther
Kristina Ohlssonis a political scientist and until recently held the
position of Counter-Terrorism Officer at OSCE (the Organization for Security
and Co-operation in Europe). She has previously worked at the Swedish Security
Service, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish National Defense
College, where she was a junior expert on the Middle East conflict and the
foreign policy of the European Union. Kristina lives in Stockholm.
Angela Crowtheris a retired
scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet, no crime
fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing group,
goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the operas of Verdi