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MURDER IN HUDIKSVALL SERIES (working title)

Gabriella Ullberg Westin

  • Original Title: MORDEN I HUDIKSVALL SERIES
  • Publication date: October 2014
  • Publisher: Hoi Förlag AB
  • Country: SE
  • 274 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Sweden
  • Themes: FAMILY, Couple, Family secrets, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Life change, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Conspiracy, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, Life choice, Identity crisis, Death, Moral dilemma, Resilience, Manipulation, Revenge, Psychological dysfunction, Survival, Rivalry, Inner-city violence, Social relations, Loyalty, LOVE / HATE, Sex

Pitch

Henna Pedersen and her two small children are found murdered in their home. The homecoming police Johan Rokka gets the investigation on his table. Rokka has been away from Hudiksvall for a couple of years, working in Stockholm. He had left his hometown in grief and despair after his girlfriend disappeared. But the deeper he dives into the disaster, the more he senses that his job and past inevitably will intertwine...

Comments

Translation rights sold: Bulgaria, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Norway.

A 5 books crime series featuring the Swedish Detective Inspector Johan Rokka (" Straight into the mind of a criminal and society’s coarse mesh net – meet and give room for Johan Rokka solving crime in Hudiksvall. He might have a slight dash of ”Tourette syndrome light” which makes the acquintance a bit more entertaining and powerful. And he is a lonely man and very good looking"). Book 5, THE TRAITOR, to be published.

"With great insight about the psychology of crime, an interest in the individual dilemmas that lead to crime and a personal drive to create an intriguing puzzle forthe reader, Gabriella’s novels impress. Her passion is to write about crime with a strong pathos for the individual and society."

The series is also highly appreciated for the realistic erotic scenes

120 000 copies sold in Sweden
It has also been on the Adlibris toplist (booksellerslist) a couple of times, #4 on the release (compeeting with all genres and formats), It was one of the top 100 best selling titles the year it was published
i#1 in November last year on Adlibris crime toplist, and The Runner was #2 on the same time

THE TRAITOR is the fifth and the final part. Partly based on true events, half the book is written together with a former criminal who became good friend with Gabriella during her researche-work for “The Runner”. His name was Johan Viktor and he died before they finished the book, still his spirit is there throughout the story and part of Gabriella’s income for this book goes to his family.

Gabriella Ullberg Westin is Swedish. She has studied criminology at the University of Stockholm and before she became a fulltime writer she was head of the communication department at one of Sweden’s largest telecommunication companies.

Summary

Book 1: LONE GIRL (ENSAMFJÄRIL, 2014)

It's Christmas Eve and a fierce snowstorm paralyzes Hudiksvall. Henna Pedersen is home with her two small children, waiting for Santa Claus to come. When she opens the door after the traditional knocking she is at once sure that something is wrong. The person behind the mask is not the father. In the afternoon, the police gets an alarm about Henna Pedersen, married to the best Swedish football player, she has been found murdered in the home.

The homecoming police Johan Rokka gets the investigation on his table. Rokka has been away from Hudiksvall for a couple of years, working in Stockholm. He had left his hometown in grief and despair after his girlfriend disappeared, blaming himself for not following her home properly the night she disappeared. He has a criminal background, kept as a well hidden secret.

After another cold-blooded murder occurs Johan Rokka senses that his job and past inevitably will intertwine. The deeper he dives into the disaster, the more confident he gets on two things; that Hanna Pedersen’s husband, the famous football player is hiding something - and secondly, he never really knew his wife.

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  • Author’s biography

    Gabriella Ullberg Westin is a Swedish writer. Before becoming a writer, she studied fashion design in Florence and worked as a model in Milan. Returning home to Sweden she met and married a policeman, became Head of communication in one of Sweden’s biggest telecom companies and now studies crimonology and writes crime novels.