Paperback review: Some Kind of Peace, By Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff (trs by Paul Norlen)


The sudden blooming of Nordic crime thrillers is comparable with the efflorescence of Swedish tennis players in the Seventies and Eighties.

This latest example of the genre centres on a psychotherapist, Siri Bergman, who lives alone in a log cabin in the countryside outside Stockholm, since her husband died in a diving accident (if it was an accident). A young woman – one of Siri's patients – is found drowned in the nearby lake. Siri is investigated by the police at the same time as she is being stalked by an anonymous psychopath, who could be any one of her patients or even a colleague .... This is a tense, efficient thriller, but I was handicapped in my response by not liking Siri as much as I felt I was supposed to. Some Kind of Peace is not quite Bjorn Borg. Anders Jarryd, maybe.