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The Night Singer
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The Night Singer
A Novel
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The #1 international crime series from Sweden!
An island never forgets — especially if you're the daughter of a murderer

Police detective Hannah Duncker didn’t expect to return to her native Öland. She fled after her father’s murder conviction and returns to make peace with her shame. She has a new job with the local police and a nosy new partner. A fifteen-year-old’s death catapults her into a murder investigation that resurrects ghosts from her previous life. As she hunts for the truth, she must confront the people she abandoned. Not all are pleased to see her back home, and she soon learns that digging through the past comes with consequences.
Author Johanna Mo crafts a breakneck island noir where secrets linger, guilt stains, and collective memory is long and unforgiving. Propulsive and poignant, The Night Singer explores the fallout of when good people do bad things.
The #1 international crime series from Sweden!
An island never forgets — especially if you're the daughter of a murderer

Police detective Hannah Duncker didn’t expect to return to her native Öland. She fled after her father’s murder conviction and returns to make peace with her shame. She has a new job with the local police and a nosy new partner. A fifteen-year-old’s death catapults her into a murder investigation that resurrects ghosts from her previous life. As she hunts for the truth, she must confront the people she abandoned. Not all are pleased to see her back home, and she soon learns that digging through the past comes with consequences.
Author Johanna Mo crafts a breakneck island noir where secrets linger, guilt stains, and collective memory is long and unforgiving. Propulsive and poignant, The Night Singer explores the fallout of when good people do bad things.
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  • Johanna Mo was born in Kalmar, Sweden, and now lives with her family in Stockholm. She has spent the last twenty years working as a literary critic, translator, and freelance editor. The Night Singer is her English-language debut.
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    June 14, 2021
    Police detective Hanna Duncker, the heroine of Swedish author Mo’s welcome English-language debut and series launch, has just moved from Stockholm to Kalmar on the island of Öland, near where she grew up. Hanna’s first case on the local force is the murder of the 15-year-old son of one of her childhood friends. Flashbacks to the victim’s last day illuminate the troubled teen’s life, and Mo does a good job portraying a host of people with long memories, resentments, and a penchant for gossip. Hanna’s fraught personal history adds depth: her father was found guilty of a particularly violent crime when she was a girl, and the story may be deeper than the facts suggest. The plot moves slowly at times, lingering, for example, on minor characters like Duncker’s insipid new partner, Erik Lindgren, but readers will readily engage with Hanna, a no-nonsense, dogged, and thoughtful investigator. Mo is off to a strong start. Agent: Kaisa Palo, Ahlander Agency (Sweden).

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Kirsten Potter transports listeners to the small Swedish island where Police Detective Hannah Duncker grew up. Having left as a teenager, Duncker has returned to get to the bottom of her father's murder of a local woman. Her first official assignment is to investigate the tragic death of Joel, the teenage son of her former friend, Rebekka. Potter comfortably pronounces Swedish place names and finds fitting voices for the many characters. She effectively presents the points of view of the four main characters, including Joel, as he experiences his last day. Listeners will need to follow closely to keep track of who is sharing their story. The result is a choppy, though engaging, experience. E.Q. � AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine
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