Thomas Engström’s superhero is funnier and darker than Hamilton.
The pace is fast in a classic race against the clock manner, the tone is distanced but not uncommitted and the secret policial and political play behind the curtains appears amazingly evident.
Maria Neij, Sydsvenskan
Maybe the most difficult thing of all – to write in a thrilling and entertaining way – he has already succeeded with.
Victor Malm, Expressen
He is uncannily good […] A superb narrator and creator of suspense, totally in parity with the best among the now world renowned authors of Scandi Noir.
Inger Dahlman, Norrköpings Tidningar
The narration seems to get energy from American tv -series such as ‘Homeland’ and ‘House of Cards’, with a frictionless forward movement. The entertainment is so dense that you almost miss that there’s also substance and an alert author brain that gives a lesson of the contemporary society right in the suspense.
Kristian Ekenberg, Arbetarbladet
… sometimes I need to restrain myself to not lose the joy in Engström’s poetic language that brings both West of Freedom and South of Hell way above the ordinary thriller.
Gunilla Wedding, Norra Skåne
Thomas Engström is a skilled author of suspense, word sensible and good at formulation, especially talented when it comes to describing environments.
Bengt Eriksson, Ystads Allehanda
Engström is brilliant when he portrays the political powerplay. You are really there, and closely we observe the twists and turns vibrating: on airplanes, at meeting venues, at press conferences, at the researcher’s houses.
Stig Hansén, Helsingborgs Dagblad
… a well written and thrilling suspense novel and Licht is interesting and complex, an unusual main character in the Scandi Noir genre.
Kerstin Bergman, Smålandsposten
It takes something extra to stand out in the thriller genre. That extra has Thomas Engström.
Lars Hallberg, Sundsvalls Tidning