Reviewed by Anna Paterson in SBR 2013:1
Review Section: Crime Fiction
In a well-worked-over genre, Springfloden is crime fiction with a difference, with two and a half major plot lines and an exotic if subdued love story thrown in as an extra. Despite the exuberance of ideas, the narrative is tightly organised. The Börjlinds’ huge experience as scriptwriters – 25-odd Sjöwall & Wahlöö film and TV series, goodness knows how many Arne Dahl and Henning Mankell ones, and a large number of their own contributions – tells at every turn and twist.
Actually, sheer inventiveness almost sinks their new project, a novel of suspense. It begins with a ghostly, terrifying act of violence on a tidal beach. A smart police college student is provided with a plausible reason for investigating the crime, by then an old, cold case. Once this is established, new and apparently disconnected groups of people crowd in: the cluster of Stockholm’s down-and-outs, including a mentally disturbed but eventually recovering senior policeman, is unusual and intriguing – but so is the trio of compromised rich men about to distance themselves from the crimes associated with an African mining business. Add a frightening tribe of violent, amoral young men and a loosely interconnected set of individuals from the urban half-word of prostitution and petty crime, and you end up with an over-complicated if still very satisfying reading experience.