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Block 46

• The first novel in a series of well-researched investigations set in England and Sweden to be adapted in a major TV show
• A duo of female investigators consumed, through writing and psychological study, by their fascination for serial killers
• A plunge into the history of the Second World War and the barbarity of the Nazi camps
• A page-turner evoking the best Scandinavian crime novels

Full manuscript available in English

Johana Gustawsson
Block 46
Type
Thriller
Word count
80000
Rights sold
(8 Countries) : Brazil, Czech Republic, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Romania, Taiwan

A cool-headed profiler and a glamorous writer joined by a shared obsession with serial killers

Falkenberg, Sweden. Police superintendent Bergström finds the frozen naked body of a woman at Olofsbo beach.

London. A renowned profiler, the taciturn Emily Roy investigates a series of murders of children whose savagely mutilated bodies present the same wounds as the Swedish victim: the throat torn out, the eyes removed, and a mysterious Y carved on one arm.

A strange thing for a serial killer, to change both the type of prey and the hunting grounds... or is it in fact a pair of psychopaths at work?

The numerous questions raised by the two cases send Emily Roy to Sweden, where she meets an old acquaintance, the tenacious Alexis Castells, a French writer who specialises in serial killers.

These two women with opposite personalities will have to chase killers as elusive as they are perverse. A pursuit that will lead them to the atrocities that took place in Buchenwald in 1944.

"Emily Roy and Alexis Castells make a terrific, original duo. They have a future.' THE TIMES 'A bold and intelligent read.' THE GUARDIAN ‘A powerful movie-like thriller with amazing characters. You won’t be able to put it down." TELE POCHE

AWARDS:

NOUVELLE PLUME D'ARGENT 2016

PRIX DU BALAI DE LA DECOUVERTE 2016

PRIX MARSEILLAIS DU POLAR 2017

 

• The first novel in a series of well-researched investigations set in England and Sweden to be adapted in a major TV show
• A duo of female investigators consumed, through writing and psychological study, by their fascination for serial killers
• A plunge into the history of the Second World War and the barbarity of the Nazi camps
• A page-turner evoking the best Scandinavian crime novels

Full manuscript available in English

About the author

Johana Gustawsson
Johana Gustawsson, a Frenchwoman of Catalan stock, is a political science graduate fascinated by family ties. She lives in London with her Swedish husband and their children. Her novels Block 46 and Mör have been translated into several languages and are currently being adapted as television series.