Omslagsbild: Obscuritas

Date of release: 2021-11-01
Pages: 400
Sold to: Brazil: Companhia das Letras, Canada: Viking, Croatia: Profil, Czech Republic: Euromedia, Denmark: Politiken, Estonia: Varrak, Finland: WSOY, France: Harper Collins, Germany: Heyne, Hungary: Alexandra Kiado, Italy: Marsilio Editore, Latvia: Zvaigzne, Lithuania: Alma Littera, Netherlands: Signatuur, Norway: Gyldendal, Poland: Wielka Litera, Poland: Storytel, Portugal: Porto Editora, Romania: Editura Trei, Serbia: Vulkan, Slovakia: Ikar, Spain & Catalonia: Planeta, UK & Commonwealth: Maclehose Press, USA: Knopf


The first instalment in a new crime series by David Lagercrantz!

Summer of 2003, and Iraq has just been invaded by the US. In Stockholm, a football referee with Afghan roots is found beaten to death. Hot-tempered Giuseppe Costa, also the dad of one of the players, is arrested for the murder in what looks to be an open-and-shut case. But Costa insists that he is innocent and the Chief of Police decides to consult Professor Hans Rekke, a world renowned expert on interrogational techniques. If there is anyone that can crack Costa, it is him.

But nothing turns out as the police expects. Rekke welcomes the investigational team to his grand family home in Djursholm. In a vertiginous display of reason, he discards the preliminary investigation completely – and shortly thereafter the whole case falls to pieces. Costa is released, and the police suddenly find themselves without leads. Only Micaela Vargas, a young community police officer from Husby, who has been let into the investigation as an act of grace, refuses to let things rest. She tries to get hold of Rekke, but he won’t return her calls.

Then Hans Rekke and Micaela Vargas meet again, under dramatic circumstances. The odd couple decides to solve the case that appears increasingly like an enigma, and which leads them to CIA’s hunt for terrorists, and the Taliban’s war against music. What kind of a man was the referee? Is he a victim, or a perpetrator?

Obscuritas is a clever and exciting page-turner where nothing is what it seems.


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Obscuritas can be described as a trifle, but a very entertaining one. The depiction of the double act’s friendship is finely tuned and poignant, and there is nothing negative to say about the suspense.
Svenska Dagbladet
Lagercrantz shows his characters an almost paternal concern. Rather than wallowing in pubescent, graphic obscenities – the actual slaying – like less conscientious writers (not to mention scriptwriters), he prefers to pursue the characters’ human traits. This is not only sympathetic, but it also aids the genre’s somewhat lame sense of credibility. Nobody, or very few, is allowed to be completely evil, snooty, idiotic or – for that matter – good. Therefore, don’t be surprised if the Rekke/Vargas series turns out to be a sales success.
Dagens Nyheter
It is an ambitious and slightly complex plot that wants to follow the conventional thriller template on one hand, but on the other hand wants to tell us something more. Some parts are allowed to take time while others feel a bit rushed and occasionally the suspense ends up lost at the expense of the not entirely uncomplicated puzzle. Music is allocated an important role and the story about it and the people it involves, adds necessary vigor. Here, the plot takes a surprising turn and introduces a portrayal of the propulsion of dreams that is both affecting and engaging. The depictions of Rekke and Watson, sorry Vargas, gradually deepen after the predictable introduction. Along the way Rekke becomes more than genius, upper-class, muscular arms, graceful hands and luminescent aura, and Vargas gains an opportunity to shed the rigid ghetto guise. By the time the case is solved, they have become a team, the year is 2004 and the story ends with the characters receiving the next task – which just happens to work as a trailer for the next book.

David Lagercrantz (b. 1962) saw his breakthrough as a novelist with Fall of Man in Wilmslow, a fictionalised novel about the British mathematician Alan Turing.

The biography I am Zlatan, which he co-wrote with international football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was published in 2011. With 500 000 hardcover copies sold in less than two months, it is the fastest selling book in Sweden to date, and has sold millions of copies worldwide.

In 2013, Lagercrantz was asked to write a free-standing sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. The Girl in the Spider's Web (2015) became a global publishing phenomenon with simultaneous publication in 27 countries, and was followed by The Girl Who takes an Eye for an Eye (2017) and – Lagercrantz’ final book in the Millennium series – The Girl Who Lived Twice (2019). The Millennium series has sold 100 million copies to date and has topped the international bestseller charts all over the world.

The first book in Lagercrantz’s new Rekke/Vargas series will be published by Norstedts in November 2021, and rights have already been sold to many territories.

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