The Darkest Day
Translated by Sarah Death
The Darkest Day is the first novel in the five part Inspector Barbarotti series from renowned Swedish crime author Håkan Nesser.
It’s December in the quiet Swedish town of Kymlinge, and the Hermansson family are gathering to celebrate a big family birthday. But beneath the guise of happy festivities, tensions are running high, and it’s not long before the night takes a dark and unexpected turn . . .
Before the weekend is over, two members of the Hermansson family are missing, and it’s up to Inspector Barbarotti to determine exactly what happened on that darkest day, and unravel a web of sinister family secrets in the process . . .
Continue the thrilling investigative series with The Root of Evil.
'One of the best Nordic Noir writers' – Guardian
Barbarotti has to disentangle years of bad blood and resentment to get to the heart of a thrillingly complex case
Joan Smith, Sunday Times
Told with wry humour and compassion, Nesser has four more Barbarotti stories to come — cherish them all
Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
In an exemplary translation by Sarah Death, this tangled tale of guilt and betrayal whets the appetite for translations of the other Barbarotti novels
Barry Forshaw, Financial Times