In 1992, in a psychiatric hospital, Thomas Quick confessed to the murder of a missing eleven-year-old boy. Over the next nine years, Quick confessed to more than thirty unsolved murders.
Hannes Råstam, an investigative journalist, became obsessed with Quick's case and studied the investigations in forensic detail. In 2008, Råstam met Thomas Quick in prison, with one question to ask. And the answer turned out to be far more terrifying than the man himself…
Hannes Råstam was an award-winning investigative journalist in Sweden. After a struggle with cancer, Råstam passed away while finishing this book, his account of the largest judicial scandal in Scandianvian history.
©2012 Hannes Råstam (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
”Sweden's most suspenseful murder mystery may not be a fictional account from Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell. It may end up being the true story of Thomas Quick.” (The Wall Street Journal)
"A real-life Scandinavian crime novel" (Observer)
This is true crime with a difference, the story of a troubled man who confessed to crimes he didn't commit and, in some cases, which hadn't even taken place. The details of how he came to be convicted and the role of the professionals who dealt with him become progressively more chilling, and had me glued to my iPod. This story is less about Thomas Quick than it is about the professionals in his life: it is an exposé of gullibility, group-think, lack of professional ethics and all-round professional incompetence of the highest order. The only hero here is Hannes Råstam who is an example par excellence of investigative journalism. What a shame he died so young, but so good that he lived long enough to complete this book.
Full marks to narrator Peter Noble, whose reading cannot be faulted. His voice and accent are a pleasure to listen to, and his 'acting' of passages of quoted speech is very impressive. I don't speak Swedish but his pronunciation suggests to me that he is a native speaker and he moves effortlessly between English and the many Swedish and Norwegian names. His reading was, for me, the icing on the cake of a gripping book.
A must-read for true crime buffs, but above all for anyone involved in criminal justice, psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, or policing. And journalists will surely be inspired by Hannes Råstam.
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