Prio ett – Slowly we die

By Emelie Schepp

A slip of a scalpel…
A patient’s accidental maiming leads a young surgeon to abandon his profession Now, ten years later, a series of gruesomely senseless murders are rocking the medical community. The weapon? A surgical scalpel.

Who is preying on these victims? What does the grisly pattern reveal? And who will be next? Special prosecutor Jana Berzelius is in charge of the investigation. What she can’t know until finally closing in on the murderer is how her own mother’s recent death is intimately connected.

This intricately plotted and relentlessly suspenseful medical thriller keeps everyone guessing until the bitter end.

First published by Wahlström & Widstrand, 2016

360 pages

Arabic, Al Arabi Publishing and Distributing, Egypt
Australia, Harper Collins
Denmark, Politiken
Estonia, Hea Lugu
Finland, Harper Collins Nordic
France, Mira/Harper Collins
Germany, Blanvalet
Hungary, Libri
Iceland, MTH Publishing
Italy, Bompiani
Latvia, Latvijas Mediji
Netherlands, De Fontein
Norway, Gyldendal
Poland, Sonia Draga
Russia, Arkadia Publishing House
Slovenia, Morfem
Spain, Mira/Harper Collins
Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand
Taiwan, Mira/Harper Collins
Turkey, Cinar Yayinlari
UK, HQ/Harper Collins
US, Mira/Harper Collins

But above all, it is very well-written and exciting. “Prio ett” is a fast-paced Scandi Noir. Prepare yourself to be losing sleep.

Through Jana Berzelius, Schepp has created another of the many female crime heroines that follows in the footsteps of Lisbeth Salander; characters with social disabilities and a pragmatic relationship with the law. Jana, however, belongs to one of the more interesting and complex characters of this type. She has an exciting past that is revealed step by step through the series, she has a presence that engages the reader and makes you care about how everything will work out for her.

Emelie Schepp has demonstrated her skills as a crime writer in her two previous novels, and now in the third she has mastered the technique to perfection. The plot moves forward smoothly like a cobra and attacks just as swift.
Johannas Deckarhörna

Cocktail shaken by a master […] The plot is a masterpiece, as the author thinks of almost everything. Suspenseful from start to finish …

One of the best crime novels 1980-2020, according to Le Temps
Winner of Storytel Awards Iceland, best audiobook in the suspense category