by Fredrik T Olsson

Waking up after a failed suicide attempt, William Sandberg finds himself captured by a nameless organization and brought to an unknown base in a castle somewhere in Europe. There, he’s presented with a top-secret coded message — an extensive text that has been intercepted from an unknown sender, and the cipher behind which William Sandberg is instructed to solve.

In Sweden, William’s ex-wife Christina Sandberg refuses to accept her husband’s disappearance. Together with her journalist colleague Leo she fiercely sets out to find what has happened — getting closer and closer to the horrible truth behind what is at stake.

Chain of events is an intense, modern thriller, starting in Stockholm and branching out across Europe and rest of the world in a fast-paced adventure that questions our own human history and puts our future at risk…

First published by Wahlström & Widstrand, 2014

512 pages

Brazil, Companhia das Letras
Bulgaria, Bard
Czech Republic, Kniha zlin
China (simpl. chinese), Shanghai99
Denmark, HR. Ferdinand/JP Politikens
Finland, Tammi
France, Fleuve noir
Germany, Piper Verlag
Greece, Psichogios
Hungary, Európa Könyvkiadó
Iceland, Forlagid
Israel, Modan Publishing
Italy, Sperling & Kupfer
Japan, Hayakawa
Korea, RHK
The Netherlands, Luitingh-Sijthoff
Poland, Sonia Draga
Russia, Centrepolygraph
Serbia, Vulkan Publishers
Slovakia, Ikar
Spain, Editorial Aire
Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand
Taiwan (compl. chinese), Emily Publishing
Turkey, Pena Kitap
UK/US, Little, Brown & Co.

Apocalyptic stories make me happy as a child, and if there is a virus in the mix it is even more fun. Fredrik T Olsson’s debut has an immensely well structured intrigue and is a breathtaking read. What mysterious cypher is the renowned cryptologist William Sandberg supposed to decode? Why does he need help from an expert on cuneiform? Like “The DaVinci Code” – only more intelligent and better written.
Dagens Nyheter

It’s entirely possible that when you get to the end of this thoroughly entertaining book your brain will explode as you try to get your head round the way it all ends – there’s some weird science here. But that won’t matter because you’ll have very likely keeled over with exhaustion at the sheer pace and flood of dystopian ideas poured onto the pages.
Sunday Sport Newspaper

Those who want real and unstoppable action will not be dissappionted by this chilling thriller. Eventful, exciting and entertaining, an extremely lovely read for fans of crime novels. The author must have enjoyed writing it, I really enjoyed reading it.