The Afflicted

Swedish title: De drabbade

Series: The Claes Claesson series

Category: Fiction / Crime & Suspense

Pub date: 01-09-2020

The Afflicted

Karin Wahlberg

Sweden’s answer to Tess Gerritsen returns with an immediate bestseller. 32,000 copies sold within a month, and 42,000 copies sold to date.

Karin Wahlberg has gained a critical mass following in Sweden with the success of the Claes Claesson series, as well as the more recent ’Hospital’ trilogy, with over 2 million copies sold across the series of date.

Police Commissioner Claes Claesson and his surgeon wife, Veronika Lundborg have moved with their two daughters to the southern university town of Lund to start a new life, and with it new jobs and schools.

Not far from Lund, in the tranquil Scanian beech forests of Dalby, healthcare consultant Carolina Broms is discovered dead at her summer cottage, the victim of a seemingly cold-blooded attack while she showered after a run in the nearby woods. Who knew she was there and might have had motive to look her up at the cabin—and why? And why was fentanyl found in her system by the post-mortem?

As Claes tries to familiarise himself with the town while conducting his first investigation on the job, Veronika faces her own challenges as surgeon at the clinic in Malmö and the couple begin to worry their daughter Klara is struggling to fit in at school.

As Claesson’s investigation proceeds, Wahlberg depicts the characters and emotional landscapes of the hospital staff, patients, and their relatives in this awaited new novel.

‘…Wahlberg weaves a tightly-plotted intrigue.’

Lotta Olsson, Dagens Nyheter

‘…good entertainment with a strong sense of the here-and-now.’

‘Wahlberg depicts the hard work of the hospital environment and offers up plentiful suspense to keep you warm in the winter chill’

Eleonoora Kirk

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