It’s a hot July morning on the island of Sandhamn in the Stockholm archipelago. A man takes his dog for an early walk. Suddenly he makes a gruesome discovery: the body of a man, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore. Police detective Thomas Andreasson from the mainland is the first to arrive at the scene. Having spent countless summers on the island he has good local knowledge.
The man is soon identified as a Krister Berggren: a bachelor who has been missing since Easter. Nothing indicates foul play and the case is just about to be written off as an accident when a woman is found brutally murdered at the town’s hotel. It turns out she is Krister Berggren’s cousin.
Luckily Thomas’s childhood friend, lawyer Nora Linde, comes to his aid. Together they take on the seemingly impossible riddle while at the same time trying to make sense of their troubled personal lives.

First published by Forum, Sweden, 2008.
314 pages.

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It is very rare that characters and stories are so precise and carefully crafted. This debut should ensure the author a place of honor in the hall of fame with her Nordic colleagues. We are eagerly awaiting more, much more.

A wonderfully old-fashioned whodunit!
Veronica Magazine

The resolution is spectacular and unexpected.

The perfect mixture of holiday idyll, murder and family tragedy.
Grazia (Italy)

An exceptionally well-written debut.
De Telegraaf

It’s a very promising debut, which makes it possible for Viveca Sten to take a spot among the best Swedish crime authors.

The book is suspenseful from the first page to the last, a perfect summer read.
Skaraborgs Allehanda

In 2008, Viveca Sten’s debut crime novel “Still Waters” (I de lugnaste vatten) became an overnight success and launched her decisively onto the Swedish crime writing scene. (…) Sten is a spiritual heir of Agatha Christie, and has captured the essence of the UK crime queen in her beguiling work.
Barry Forshaw, Euro Noir