The Clue on the Pier (Spåren på bryggan)
The Clue on the Pier is a mystery set in Strängnes during two eras. In 1965, the double murder of the city’s beauty queen and a “nutcase” from the mental hospital has consequences for the present day. Fredrik Gransjö, a young journalist for the local paper, decides to track down the story of the cold case while at the same time a man is found dead execution-style in the center of town. Love, betrayal and violence unite people from both eras. The book’s style is direct and the character portraits well made. The depiction of the 1960’s is wonderful and glides naturally into the present time. The Clue on the Pier is a remarkable debut, and an exciting tale from beginning to end.
Italy: Newton Compton
The Netherlands: De Fontein
Sweden: Kura Skymning Förlag (hardcover), Adelphi Audio (audiobook), Pocketförlaget
"This book is definately a must for all lovers of crime and thrillers. Rambe shows that this is the beginning of an authorship that we will read and talk about in the years to come."
"This season’s scariest story./…/Rambe has the ability to keep the beautiful things alive even when darkness and death reign. He has the literary talent to guide us from horror to hope and suspense."
"Lars Rambe, a practicing lawyer, has written an extraordinary debut novel. /.../ The finish is exciting and rather bloody and he has managed to tie all loose ends together and the remaining questions are answered. I look forward to the next book by this skilled author."
It’s gloomy and cold – the perfect crime atmosphere in Strängnäs."
Radio Berlin, Germany
"Rambe writes well, his prose is objective and characterized by linguistic clarity."
"Wow, what a criminal novel he has written!"
"Rambe is thorough in his character portraits."
"This debut author shows he can handle the art of juggling many things simultaneosuly."