The Summer of Kim Novak

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About the Author

HAKAN NESSER worked as a secondary school teacher in Uppsala before becoming a writer full-time. One of Sweden's most beloved authors, his crime novels have been extremely successful in both his home country and internationally, and have resulted in several films. Nesser was the first author to be awarded the prize for Best Swedish Crime Novel three times, and is the only writer ever to win the Danish Palle Rosenkrantz Prize twice. He was also awarded the European Crime Fiction Star Award in 2010. Nesser's books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold over twenty million copies worldwide.

SASKIA VOGEL was born and raised in Los Angeles and now lives in its sister city, Berlin, where she works as a writer and Swedish-to-English literary translator. Her translations include work by leading female authors, such as Katrine Marcal, Karolina Ramqvist, Lina Wolff, and the modernist eroticist Rut Hillarp. Her debut novel Permission was published in four languages in 2019.


"Nesser sensitively probes the agonies and ecstasies of adolescence, making this an exquisite example of Nordic noir's ability to reveal the darkest emotional depths beneath a cloudless summer sky." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Nesser's novel gains in power as it raises difficult questions about memory and morality." --Kirkus Reviews

"Nesser has a penetrating eye for the skull beneath the skin." --The New York Times

"A deft anatomist of character." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"One of the foremost Swedish crime authors."--The Times

"Nesser is one of the best of the Nordic Noir writers, unafraid of moral ambiguity and excellent at building a brooding atmosphere." --The Guardian

"Hakan Nesser brings a light touch to tales of appalling crime."--Daily Telegraph

"Not all Scandinavian crime fiction is gory and gloomy; it can also be lyrical and delicate, soaked in sunshine and surrounded by beautiful welcoming nature, yet with a touch of suspense gently simmering underneath the idyllic surface. Especially when it's written by Hakan Nesser, one of the Swedish masters of Nordic Noir."--Crime Review

"A haunting and evocative novel, beautifully written to draw you into another place and time--a true coming-of-age tale with added mystery."--Liz Loves Books

"Nesser captures the awkwardness of adolescence beautifully." --A Life in Books

"Swedish kids have it good: this beautiful book is in their curriculum!"--Brigitte

"Not only a brilliant thriller, but also a sensitive and atmospheric portrayal of a coming-of-age adventure." --Frankfurter Neue Presse

"Nesser writes very emphatically, very clearly and even wittily. A first-class thriller."--Frankfurter Rundschau

"Every line smells of summer, becoming an adult, and the loss of innocence." --Focus

"A must-read."--RTL