The Unlucky Lottery by Hakan Nesser

The Unlucky Lottery

Hakan Nesser

The brightest detectives on a Swedish force are all absent. But pensioners are being murdered and their dispirited colleagues don't know who's killing them or why. One of a series I hadn't read before, this book stands alone as an example of Nordic crime and a challenging puzzle. It starts from a slow burn, but once the pace picks up the story twists to a surprising conclusion. The police don't come close to the truth - will you?


'The truth?' she said slowly and thoughfully, turning her head and apparently directing her attention at the sky and the landscape. 'You don't know what you're talking about. Why should anybody go digging after something which is ugly and repulsive? If the truth were a beautiful pearl, then yes, I could understand why anybody should want to go hunting after it; but as it is ... well, why not let it lie hidden, if somebody is managing to hide it so well?'

  • Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason
  • Any book by Henning Mankell

Books with similar mood

Born under Punches

Martyn Waites

The Godless Boys

Naomi Wood

The Surrendered

Chang-Rae Lee

Three Day Road

Joseph Boyden

Beautiful Inez

Bart Schneider

The Forgiven

Lawrence Osborne

American Rust

Philipp Meyer

The History of Bees

Maja Lunde


Fiona Mozley


Jill Alexander Essbaum

Easy Money

Jens Lapidus

The Pearl that Broke its Shell

Nadia Hashimi

A Perfect Arrangement

Suzanne Berne

Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband

Natalie Young

The Dead Won't Sleep

Anna Smith

Far North

Marcel Theroux

The Consequences of Love

Sulaiman Addonia

Night Work

Thomas Glavinic

Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Clare Morrall

Scaredy Cat

Mark Billingham


Helen Fitzgerald

What Became of the White Savage

François Garde

Faith Without Doubt

Anna Blundy

The Secret Hunters

Ranulph Fiennes

Nightingale Point

Luan Goldie

The Boat to Redemption

Su Tong

The Resurrectionist

James Bradley

The Constant Gardener

John Le Carre

Blood Red Rivers

Jean-Christophe Grangé

The President's Gardens

Muhsin Al-Ramli

East of Hounslow

Khurrum Rahman

Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Sara Baume

The Western Wind

Samantha Harvey


Massimo Marino

An Untamed State

Roxane Gay

Silent House

Orhan Pamuk


Richard Ford

Always the Sun

Neil Cross

The Music of the Spheres

Elizabeth Redfern

The Architect's Apprentice

Elif Shafak

In the Rosary Garden

Nicola White

San Miguel

T C Boyle

The Son

Philipp Meyer


Penny Hancock

And This Is True

Emily Mackie

Train to Trieste

Domnica Radulescu

The Diagnosis

Alan Lightman

Falling Out of Cars

Jeff Noon