Crime

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Un­wanted Kristina Ohls­son, Si­mon & Schus­ter, $29.99 A woman is dis­tracted at a sta­tion and her daugh­ter au­da­ciously snatched from the train. Led by leg­endary in­spec­tor Alex Recht, the Stock­holm po­lice think it’s a sim­ple cus­tody dis­pute and fo­cus on the es­tranged hus­band, pre­vi­ously ac­cused of wife-beat­ing. Only civil­ian an­a­lyst Fredrika Bergman sus­pects oth­er­wise but she doesn’t fit into the team of old-fash­ioned cop­pers. They find her di­dac­tic and dis­pas­sion­ate, too fond of data­bases and spread­sheets; she has never been on the beat and is a young, at­trac­tive woman to boot. Then the child’s body is left out­side a hospi­tal. The in­ter­play be­tween the squad mem­bers is what lifts an award-win­ning de­but thriller. Shel­ley Or­chard ½

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