The landline rings as Agneta is waving off her grandchildren. Just one word comes out of the receiver: ‘Geiger’. For decades, Agneta has always known that this moment would come, but she is shaken. She knows what it means.

Retrieving her weapon from its hiding place, she attaches the silencer and creeps up behind her husband before pressing the barrel to his temple.

Then she squeezes the trigger and disappears – leaving behind her wallet and keys.

The extraordinary murder is not Sara Nowak’s case. But she was once close to those affected and, defying regulations, she joins the investigation. What Sara doesn’t know is that the mysterious codeword is just the first piece in the puzzle of an intricate and devastating plot fifty years in the making. 

My Review

What an exciting story! The amount of research that must have gone into the politics of Sweden, Russia and the DDR is staggering. And the construction of this complicated tale is immaculate in its undertaking.

We begin at the home of retired TV personality ‘Uncle’ Stellan Broman and his wife Agneta. The phone rings, Agneta answers, and only one word is spoken – ‘Geiger’. She promptly recovers her hidden gun and shoots her husband in the back of the head, killing him outright. She then flees.

Only a few minutes earlier they were surrounded by their family – two daughters and their husbands, and the grandchildren that Stellan and Agneta had been looking after all week.

Sara Nowak is a police officer, working on the streets, following punters who are abusing young prostitutes and hopefully arresting them. Stellan’s murder is not her case, but she becomes involved because she has history with the Broman family. Her mother Jane was their cleaner, living in a cottage in the grounds and Sara used to play with the two daughters Lotta and Malin. Until they left in a hurry one day.

But this is just the beginning. The story develops into a chase involving the communist days of the DDR before the Berlin Wall came down, Russian spies and Swedish politics. I’m not even going to attempt to say much more as I would probably get it wrong, but suffice to say, it’s an engaging read.

Many thanks to The Pigeonhole and to my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.

About the Author

Gustaf Skördeman was born in 1965 in Sweden and is a screenwriter, director and producer. Geiger, his thriller debut, is published in 24 countries, and film rights have been optioned by Monumental Pictures.

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