Sissel-Jo Gazan (b. 1973) debuted at a very young age and established herself as an international talent to watch with her debut thriller novel, The Dinosaur Feather. In addition to being named “Crime Novel of the Decade” by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, NPR’s Maureen Corrigan called it her favorite mystery of 2013, and The Wall Street Journal‘s Tom Nolan placed it in his year-end top ten list.

Now, Gazan’s much-anticipated follow-up is here, bringing back maverick policeman Soren Marhauge. The Arc of the Swallow evokes such literary mystery masterpieces as John Le Carre’s The Constant Gardner and Peter Hoeg’s Smilla’s Sense of Snow, pitting a principled scientist against a profit-motivated conspiracy that leads to the upper reaches of corporations and government.

Gazan currently lives in Berlin with her family.

Photo: Les Kaner