FYRVAKTAREN – THE LOST BOY

By Camilla Läckberg

Detective Patrik Hedström is no stranger to tragedy. A murder case concerning Fjällbacka’s dead financial director, Mats Sverin, is a grim but useful distraction from his recent family misfortunes.

It seems Mats was a man who everybody liked yet nobody really knew – a man with something to hide…

His high school sweetheart, Nathalie, has just returned to the area with her five-year-old son – could she shed light on who Mats really was?

However, Nathalie has her own secret. If it’s discovered, she will lose her only child. As the investigation stalls, the police have many questions. But there is only one that matters.

Is there anything a mother would not do to protect her child?

ABOUT THE BOOK

First published by Forum, Sweden, 2009.
358 pages.

RIGHTS SOLD TO

Sweden, Forum
Sweden, Bonnier Audio (audiobook)
Sweden/The Netherlands, Grote Letter
Australia, HarperCollins Australia
Bulgaria, Colibri
Canada, HarperCollins Canada
Catalonia, Ara Llibres
Czech Republic, Albatros Media
Denmark, People’s Press
Estonia, Pegasus
Finland, Gummerus
France, Actes Sud
Germany, Ullstein
Greece, Metaixmio
Hungary, Animus Kiado
Iceland, Sogur
Israel, Modan
Italy, Marsilio Editori
Japan, Shueisha
Latvia, Jumava
The Netherlands, Ambo Anthos
Norway, Gyldendal
Poland, Czarna Owca
Portugal, Asa Leya
Romania, Editura Trei
Russia, Exmo
Slovakia, Slovart
Slovekia, Ucila International
Spain, Maeva
Turkey, Dogan Egmont
UK, HarperCollins
US, Pegasus

FILM RIGHTS

Sweden, Tre Vänner

REVIEWS

…after just a few chapters I’m hooked… The creeping suspense makes me think of Johan Theorin or maybe even John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Södermanlands Nyheter

…a captivating crime novel… “Fyrvaktaren” is Camilla’s best book yet…
Dagens Nyheter


The Lost Boy combines a gripping police procedural with a ghost story while poignantly delving into the devastating effects of grief, especially among mothers. Delving into the intricacies of police work, Läckberg also turns The Lost Boy into a psychological thriller that digs deep into each character’s psyche. While the shadowy ghosts permeate the story, Läckberg keeps this supernatural aspect akin to those in the gothic masterpiece “The Turn of the Screw.”
The Associated Press

The Lost Boy is a complex and brilliant novel. Another masterpiece by Swedish author Camilla Lackberg.”
New York Journal of Books

Swedish writer Camilla Läckberg’s new novel, The Lost Boy, confirms her place as reigning monarch of the crime mystery genre called Nordic Noir. Läckberg’s storytelling talents rank with those of the late Henning Mankell, author of the Wallander mysteries, and the late Stieg Larsson, who wrote “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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