THE UN­LUCKY LOT­TERY

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Håkan Nesser ( Pan Macmil­lan, $ 29.99)

THE Un­lucky Lot­tery, which cen­tres around the sor­row that comes with any joy, is another in­trigu­ing story by Swedish crime writer Håkan Nesser.

Four old men, friends, have won a lit­tle bit of money. Noth­ing big, but enough to war­rant a new tie and a slap- up meal.

They say their farewells and in the morn­ing one is found mur­dered, one hasn’t shown up at all, then another person, com­pletely un­re­lated, goes miss­ing.

You’re spun around and round try­ing to fig­ure out who did it, be­cause you won’t be­lieve the first con­fes­sion. Pos­si­ble … Yes. Plau­si­ble… No.

It echoes the sto­ries we see in the pa­per, of a seem­ingly or­di­nary life, hid­ing deeper and darker se­crets. It also tells you that you don’t al­ways have to jump to the last and worst con­clu­sion.

A great read for the plane and the only time I’ve ever been happy about an air­port de­lay.

I just had to fin­ish it and find out who… Bet you never guess!

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