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Dark Music': Latest Lagercrantz thriller boasts new detective duo

05/12/2022

Dark Music': Latest Lagercrantz thriller boasts new detective duoBestselling author of The Girl in the Spider's Web', David Lagercrantz's new thriller features a detective duo inspired by Sherlock Holmes.

by Carmen Coetsee

05-12-2022 12:38

in Books

Dark Music' is the latest thriller from bestselling author David Lagercrantz. Image via Twitter @@AAKnopf

Swedish author David Lagercrantz has made a name for himself as the literary successor of famed thriller writer Stieg Larsson. Larsson is behind one of the most famous mystery trilogies in the world: the Millenium Trilogy, made of up the novels The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.

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After Larsson's death, Lagercrantz took the baton and continued writing the fourth, fifth and sixth instalments of the Millenium series. The Girl in the Spider's Web, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye and The Girl Who Lived Twice all went on to became bestsellers.

Leaving behind the world of Larsson, Lagercrantz has taken on a new challenge. His latest thriller, Dark Music, is the first instalment of his own murder mystery series. With a layered mystery at its core and an unforgettable crime-fighting duo, Dark Music is not one to miss.

UNLIKELY DETECTIVE DUO CARRIES LAGERCRANTZ NOVEL Coming soon, the gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of The Girl in the Spider s Web Dark Music is the first in David Lagercrantz s gripping new series inspired by Sherlock Holmes.

Pre-order SIGNED here: https://t.co/AX5UMpx2ZE pic.twitter.com/Lg2A5lRvJb

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The true crime world has not shortage of unlikely crime fighting duos. From Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes and Watson to Stieg Larsson's Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, readers love detective duos.

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David Lagercrantz knows this and his latest thriller Dark Music (translated from Swedish by Ian Giles), while a compelling mystery, is carried by the unlikely friendship and teamwork of Professor Hans Rekke and detective Micaela Vargas.

These two characters could not be more different and this is what makes this duo a top team. With dark humour, fast-paced writing and a twisty mystery, Dark Music gives readers a new team to root for.

Here we have #signed 1st editions of Dark Music the brand new thriller from David Lagercrantz

A new series inspired by Sherlock Holmes. A murder investigation brings together two unlikely allies in a race to uncover a shadowy international conspiracyhttps://t.co/AeJiCrWx9C pic.twitter.com/Muy9GphMrN

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If the novel did not have such a great combination of characters, it would not have been as good a mystery.

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While the mystery is compelling, the writing style leans a bit chaotic. The reader is sometimes left feeling a bit confused. This could just be Lagercrantz's writing style, or it could have something to do with the fact that Dark Music is a translated work. Sometimes, things do get lost in translation and in Dark Music, the story got a bit muddled at times.

This does not take away from the fact that this is a mystery that will have you hooked. With stunning descriptions of Scandinavian cities and intriguing characters, Dark Music is a perfect Christmas gift for the true crime fanatic in your family.

DARK MUSIC' SYNOPSIS ALSO READ: Catch Me A Killer': SA criminal profiler's memoir turned into series

I'm spending Saturday evening with #DavidLagercrantz's #DarkMusic #translated by @iangiles #Sweden @maclehosepress @swedishbooks pic.twitter.com/2B7OWam1wR

Ewa Sherman (@sh_ewa) October 15, 2022

Professor Hans Rekke is a world authority on interrogation techniques. He was born into wealth and power and has a picture-perfect wife and daughter. But he also has a fragile psyche that falls apart under pressure.

Micaela Vargas is a street-smart police officer. She is the daughter of Chilean political refugees, grew up in the projects on the outskirts of Stockholm and has two brothers on the wrong side of the law. She is tenacious and uncompromising, and desperate to prove herself to her fellow cops.

Micaela needs Hans's unique mind to help her solve the case of a murdered asylum-seeker from Afghanistan. Hans needs Micaela to save him from himself. Together, they need to find the killer before they're both silenced for good.

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR We would like to congratulate David Lagercrantz on his PLATINUM Award for The Girl in The Spider s Web @QuercusBooks @maclehosepress @NielsenBook

Delighted we were able to present David w/ this award last week! Congratulations once again! #BestsellerAward pic.twitter.com/3pxMHXB1gp

The Bestseller Awards (@BestsellerAwrds) September 20, 2022

David Lagercrantz is a Swedish journalist and bestselling author. He studied philosophy and religion, before obtaining a degree from the Gothenburg School of Journalism. He worked as a crime reporter for four years at the Scandinavian newspaper Expressen, where he covered the most prominent murder cases in Sweden during the late 80s and early 90s.

Lagercrantz made his book debut in 1997 with the story of G ran Kropp, a Swedish adventurer who summited Mount Everest with neither oxygen nor Sherpas, only one week after one of the worst disasters ever on the mountain.

The book was a success in Sweden and abroad and paved the way for an illustrious writing career. He has gone on to write several bestselling crime novels.

Dark Music is published by Quercus Publishing and is available from Exclusive Books stores for R363.

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