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3.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 5 3.06 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kjell Eriksson Narrator: Henry Strozier Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ann Lindell Series Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781436185639
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Already a huge star in Europe and the Nordic countries, Kjell Eriksson has American critics also raving, with almost every review studded with words like “stunning,” “chilling,” “suspenseful,” “haunting,” and “brilliant.”

In The Demon of Dakar, Ann Lindell and her motley crew of colleagues are faced with a most baffling murder case in which all clues lead straight back to a popular local restaurant named Dakar. The owner, Slobodan Andersson, has some shady connections in his past, and his partner’s reputation is equally murky.

The kitchen crew is not above suspicion, either. The meat chef is an oddball, to say the least, while unbeknownst to the rest, the newest hire’s personal life is a tangled web of lies. Even Eva Willman, the seemingly blameless older woman returning to the workforce as a waitress, has skeletons in her closet.

And then the tension rachets up a number of notches as it becomes apparent that one murder has not satisfied the killer in the least. If Ann is to prevent a bloodbath at Restaurant Dakar, she must match wits with a killer whose motives are seemingly completely obscure.

But the reader knows the killer well. His crimes are justified from his point of view. Not only that, he’s a very likable fellow who is only looking for justice. As in all of Kjell Eriksson’s compelling spellbinders, though, justice entails a frantic race to the finish, a race without rules and fraught with danger.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] tale told with wry humor, compassion, and a fine understanding that in life often things cannot be resolved either neatly or completely.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/10/2014

    " Swedish mystery with the most satisfactory (as opposed to satisfying)ending of any mystery I have read in recent memory---and there have been alot of them with uniformly disappointing endings. For that reason alone I would recommend this book; the characters are also well-drawn and the plot a bit ordinary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aguess | 2/1/2014

    " Eriksson is growing on me. I didn't much like the princess of Burundi for all of its acclaim, I felt it just had to many characters, too many points of view. The cruel stars of the Night was more focused and Eriksson's principle character Ann Lindell became more three dimensional. While Demon of Dakar was a bit unfocused, with none of the various plot threads being entirely resolved I found myself liking all of the voices in the novel more and more. I am looking forward to the next one in this series being translated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/26/2014

    " man, i wanted to like this book, because its by a swedish author whose other books i pretty much liked. but the writing, or maybe the translation, was so plodding and obvious that i quit it part way through! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/21/2014

    " Eriksson has crafted a complicated but easily followed story about a poor Mexican coffee farmer who travels to Sweden to see his brother, who is in prison, and find out how his other brother was killed. Both had been lured into easy money by a druglord. Eriksson's deft touch illuminates both the plight of the poor in Mexico and the savagery of the illegal drug trade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 1/18/2014

    " Excellent example of the genre--where the bad guys are not always as bad as they seem, some of the good guys are not so good, and not everyone gets caught....good interweaving of the story, and goes beyond the Swedish borders to tell the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Felicity | 1/17/2014

    " This is an interesting mystery, far more interesting than the predictable tales of Guido Brunetti in Donna Leon's Venetian mysteries, for instance. Nonetheless, I imagine Kjell Eriksson's mysteries have been somewhat eclipsed by the posthumous success of Stieg Larsson's sprawling novels. What both share is a focus on a strong female protagonist, though Erikkson's Ann Lindell differs markedly from the dark and somber Lisabeth Salander of Larsson. Sadly, Erikkson is also served very poorly by his translator and/or editor. There are definite issues with the translation, but nothing a good editor could not have fixed easily enough. Either the manuscript was in a much worse state when it was received by the American publisher--and this is the best job they could do in cleaning it up, or they were just too lazy to bother. The number of mistakes, which are so obviously a result of sloppy editing in my opinion, are very distracting--and detract from an otherwise interesting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/17/2014

    " Narrated by Henry Strousier. I think I didn't fully appreciate this book. Had I read the other books in the detective Ann Lindell series, it might have had more of an impact on me. As the synopsis says, there are shades of gray in this book without clear resolutions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 1/15/2014

    " Something (minor) was lost in the translation to English I think, but this was good, and is apparently one of three books with the same lead detective. Multiple story lines coming together in one crime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 1/12/2014

    " I persisted with this - allowing for the translation, but it lost a lot of steam for me in the second half and I really hated the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee-Ann | 12/25/2013

    " I liked the way the stories of so many characters intertwined, bringing people from several other countries to Sweden. The kitchen patter is really cool. Dakar Restaurant is the focal point of this excellent book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharron | 12/18/2013

    " slow doesn't begin to describe this story and it's worse when you listen to it because you can't skim pages. tedious is the best word to sum up this title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaile Wakeman | 12/16/2013

    " Yeah-I discovered a new mystery writer via a reading friend. I love books set in Sweden and this one is set in Uppsala, a city a have visited a few times. Excellent story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 12/12/2013

    " Pretty complicated plot that was all over the place. I like my mysteries, especially murder mysteries, to be more direct. Great title and cover though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 11/28/2013

    " Did not know much about the author or the book, but turned out to be a very-good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher Mcgurr | 11/24/2013

    " I couldn't finish it. I wasn't getting into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 10/6/2013

    " Another good police story, not really a mystery since the reader knows whodunnit. I like that the story is peopled with well thought out characters and the plot moves along bringing all the subplots together. The end leads you to believe another book is on the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jharkey | 8/14/2013

    " Good mystery. again parts of the world not common to me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 8/12/2013

    " I read all the wahloo mysteries and found this one both similar and enjoyable. I'll be looking for more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/3/2013

    " Much lighter in tone than others of Eriksson's, and the ethical questions he poses through the plotting leave you with something to ponder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amweatherill | 1/31/2013

    " Of the three books I have read by this author, This is the one I have enjoyed the most. If you want a tidy ending, this book is not for you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Naquin | 1/4/2013

    " The ending was a disappointment. This book was a bit uneven all the way through. Far too many ends left undone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/10/2012

    " Picked it up at random as a continuation of my love affair with Swedish crime dramas...but I still haven't found the next Steig Larsson. This one was pretty good but had a sort-of whirlwind unresolved ending. The translation was also sort of off in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 2/7/2012

    " Pretty good but I preferred the culprit not revealed earlier in the plot. Strong beginning and ultimate fate was interesting. Ending lost momentum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/14/2011

    " Another excellent book by Eriksson. Well-paced, engaging characters, interesting insights into modern society, especially the status of immigrants. Can't wait for the next installment of Ann Lindell's adventures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tvtowerbaby | 5/26/2011

    " Relatively complex plot for a crime novel. Enjoyable but vast swathes of the plot and most of the characters remained undeveloped for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/19/2011

    " I grabbed this book on a whim but really liked it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaile | 2/20/2011

    " Yeah-I discovered a new mystery writer via a reading friend. I love books set in Sweden and this one is set in Uppsala, a city a have visited a few times. Excellent story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 1/5/2011

    " Good read. amazing the way he has the reader cheering for what would be thought of as bad guys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 11/21/2010

    " Narrated by Henry Strousier. I think I didn't fully appreciate this book. Had I read the other books in the detective Ann Lindell series, it might have had more of an impact on me. As the synopsis says, there are shades of gray in this book without clear resolutions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 4/13/2010

    " Did not know much about the author or the book, but turned out to be a very-good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 3/3/2010

    " Another Ann Lindell Swedish policier - Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/4/2010

    " A little hard boiled for my taste. Although it was an interesting plot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amweatherill | 2/1/2010

    " Of the three books I have read by this author, This is the one I have enjoyed the most. If you want a tidy ending, this book is not for you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 10/16/2009

    " Something (minor) was lost in the translation to English I think, but this was good, and is apparently one of three books with the same lead detective. Multiple story lines coming together in one crime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 9/7/2009

    " I did not enjoy this book as much as the first two in the series. It seemed more disjointed and focused less on the recurring characters I would have liked to read more about. "

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About the Author
Author Kjell Eriksson

Kjell Eriksson is a Swedish writer, author of the detective chief inspector Ann Lindell crime novels. Den upplysta stigen, the first of the Lindell series, was named Best First Novel of 1999 by the Swedish Crime Academy. Prinsessan av Burundi, fourth in the series, was awarded the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Best Swedish Crime Novel Award in 2002. Öppen grav, published in 2009, was the tenth and final novel in the series.

About the Narrator

Henry Strozier has appeared in numerous films, including Contact, You Don’t Know Jack, Thirteen Days, and Sex in the City. Also a voice-over artist, he has worked extensively in video games and audiobook narration.