If you want a feel for the new Europe, this is the book for you. It's also a complicated, dark, detective story and a tale of a stilted flowering of love. Most of all it's a gripping tale of life in Latvia emerging from behind the Iron Curtain running in parallel with the more comfortable life of a Swedish policeman.
He sensed danger the moment he woke. It was nearly 7a.m. He lay quite still in the darkness, listening. Eventually he realised the danger was not a threat outside the door or somewhere in the room, but inside himself. It was a warning that he still hadn't turned over every stone to discover what was lying underneath it.