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Author: Cecilia Ekbäck Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2020 ISBN: 9781443462761
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The Secret History meets Fatherland

 Before the war they were the best of friends. Five brilliant young historians debated origins, ideas and the place of history in modern times under the guidance of the charismatic Professor Lindahl. When war broke out the five disbanded, ending up on different sides. Now one of them has been found tortured and killed . . .

 It is 1943 and Sweden’s neutrality in the war is under pressure. Laura Dahlgren, a bright young historian who is the right hand of the chief negotiator with Germany, is privy to ongoing discussions about the transport of German soldiers to occupied Norway and German access to Swedish iron ore. When her former best friend and fellow classmate, Britta, is discovered tortured and murdered, Laura is determined to find her killer.

In the Swedish government, the secretary to the unpopular minister of foreign affairs, Jens Regnell, is sent Britta’s PhD thesis on Scandinavian supremacy without understanding why, just as he is becoming increasingly worried that his boss is secretly negotiating with the Reich without informing the government.

In Lapland, near the iron mine, Sami are mysteriously disappearing. Taneli, a young Sami boy, decides to investigate after his sister suddenly goes missing.

 Together these three people will uncover a conspiracy that could topple their government and destroy their country’s identity—a conspiracy that others are desperate to contain at any cost necessary.   Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Historians blends a fascinating historical intrigue with the quick pace and excitement of a thriller.” 

    Ellen Keith, author of The Dutch Wife

  • “In this historical epic…Ekbäck sets out multiple red herrings and intricate plot lines, which create tension and lead to a satisfying conclusion. This riveting novel will keep readers turning the pages.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Cecilia Ekback is the author of Wolf Winter, which won the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown and the High Plains Book Award. Her second novel, The Midnight Sun, was published to wide acclaim. Originally from a small town in northern Sweden, she now lives in Canada.

About the Narrator

Saskia Maarleveld is an experienced voice-over actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Raised in New Zealand and France, she is highly skilled with accents and dialects, and many of her books have been narrated entirely in accents other than her own. In addition to audiobooks, her voice can be heard in animation, video games, and commercials.