Before the Clouds Come
Before the Clouds ComeMari Jungstedt
The new series by the international multi-million-copy bestselling author—100,000 copies sold within two months of publication.
In the new series by ‘one of Scandinavia’s best crime writers’ (The Times) we are introduced to new fascinating characters and an evocative setting; the Málaga province in the Andalucia region of southern Spain, steeped in history and culture.
On a misty afternoon, four travellers admire the centuries old Puente Nuevo bridge connecting the old and the new parts of Ronda, a historical beauty spot known for its dramatic views. Bad weather is moving in and three of the tourists decide to head back to their hotel, leaving the only Spaniard in the group, Málaga prosecutor Álvaro Perez, behind to take photos. His Swedish wife Marianne and their two friends wait for Álvaro at the hotel but, as the hours tick by, he never arrives. The next day, Álvaro’s broken body is found at the bottom of a ravine, seemingly the victim of a tragic misstep in the mists the day before. When his death turns out to be murder, Inspector Hector Correa at the Policía Nacional in Málaga is called in to investigate, enlisting the help of Lisa Hagel, a Swedish university lecturer and translator living in Spain following her divorce, to act as an interpreter between the Spanish police and the Swedish witnesses.
When a second man is found murdered in a remote villa outside of Marbella, with similar injuries to the first victim, the investigation takes a dramatic turn for Correa and Hagel, with clues pointing all the way back to General Franco and Spain’s bloody history. Both Lisa Hagel and Hector Correa will return in the continuation of this atmospheric, new series by the major Swedish star, Mari Jungstedt.
‘Fast-paced and with unexpected twists – this bodes well for the series. The joy of writing exudes from between the lines and the historical links to the Franco era provide both credibility and a serious tone to life on the Costa del Sol.’ – TT Nyhetsbyrån
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