An early summer morning, a little boy sets off to play at King’s Crevice in Fjällbacka. His games come to an abrupt end when he finds the body of a naked young woman staring up at him. The police are called to the scene. They soon realise that the woman has been murdered. The mystery becomes even more perplexing when they find out what lies underneath the woman’s body, namely the skeletons of two other women who have been reported missing since the late 1970s…

Predikanten (The Preacher) is a superb crime novel that skilfully weaves the past together with the present. The characters are shaped with great psychological insight, the Free Church milieu is thrillingly described and highly topical, and the excellent plot is full of surprises.


First published by Forum, Sweden, 2004.
317 pages.


Sweden, Forum
Sweden, Månpocket (paperback)
Sweden, Bonnier Audio (audio book)
Sweden, E-lib (e-book)
Sweden/The Netherlands, Grote Letter (Swedish large print)
Sweden, LL-förlaget
Albania, Dudaj
Arabic, Sama Publishing
Brazil, Planeta
Bulgaria, Colibri
Canada, HarperCollins Canada
Catalonia, Ara Llibres
China, Shanghai Yuzon
Czech Republic, Motto/Albatros
Croatia, VBZ
Denmark, People’s Press
Estonia, Fookus Meedia
Finland, Schildts/Gummures
France, Actes Sud
Germany, G. Kiepenheuer/Ullstein
Greece, Metaixmio
Hungary, Animus
Iceland, Sogur
Italy, Marsilio Editori
Japan, Shuei Sha
Latvia, Jumava
Lithuania, Tyto Alba
The Netherlands, Ambo Anthos
Norway, Gyldendal
Poland, J Santorski/Czarna Owca
Portugal, Asa Leya
Romania, Editura Trei
Russia, Eksmo
Serbia, Kompjuter Biblioteka
Slovakia, Slovart
Slovenia, Ucila International
Spain, Maeva
Spain, Circulo de Lectores (paperback)
Turkey, Dogan Egmont
UK, HarperCollins
US, Pegasus
Vietnamn, Nha Nam Publishing


Nominated for the Best Swedish Crime Novel Award by the Swedish Crime Academy in 2004


Sweden, SVT (TV rights)


With Predikanten (The Preacher), Läckberg not only takes a giant step forwards – it is one of the best Swedish crime novels of the year. Läckberg has a completely new approach, mainly in that the motive for murder is as original as it is surprising – and actually believable from a psychological point of view. On that particular point her second novel maintains international class. Predikanten (The Preacher) is an unusually powerful mystery and I am impressed with the maturity and self-assurance that Läckberg already displays. One more novel of this quality and she will be counted among the top ranks of female Swedish crime authors.
Johan Wopenka, Jury

This is Camilla´s second book and she already seems to be a fully-fledged crime writer, at least on a par with Liza Marklund. It is excellent excitement and above all, excellent character portrayals in which the policemen also have families and domestic situations. A real mystery gem.

Predikanten (The Preacher) is a superb detective novel, an intelligent book about people and relationships ­ and hopefully the start of a very promising new Swedish detective novel series.
Bo Lundin, Sydsvenska Dagbladet

A mystery becomes all the more terrifying when your own life is on the line. “The Preacher” follows detective Patrick Hedstrom as he discovers the pattern in the series of murders in a small fishing community of Fjallbacka, which has been haunted by a string of unsolved murders for two generations. As he digs deeper in to the mystery in hopes of conecting the dots, he finds that this quiet community holds a lot more than one would think at first glance. Filled with unique characters, a fast moving plot and plenty of original ideas and twists, “The Preacher” is a masterpiece of Scandinavian crime fiction, very highly recommended readin.
The Midwest Book Review