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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Spice Trade

When a terrified woman falls from a rooftop across the street, Sweden's Chief Superintendent Walther Ekman is unexpectedly thrust into an international investigation that threatens to end with his death. 

As the search deepens, Ekman and his team gradually uncover a multinational drug and human trafficking ring with an influential clientele. After an unexpected Moroccan connection is made, Ekman is led to a remote farmhouse prison outside Stockholm that held kidnapped women, where he discovers that a Moroccan confederate has exacted a terrible revenge.

With his friends from the Criminal Investigations Department, Garth Rystrom and Valdis Granholm, Ekman travels to Morocco to rescue five trafficked witnesses and uncover the foreign assassin. They find themselves in the middle of a politically sensitive operation to close down the ring, becoming targets for the vindictive head of the Moroccan network. 

Although his investigation of the traffickers has ended successfully, Ekman is still hunting for the hidden murderer he knows must be somewhere out there.

Spice Trade (International Murder Mystery)
By Erik Mauritzson
The Permanent Press
ASIN #978-1579624965
Price $29.95 (hardback)
368 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“The Characters Are Three-Dimensional”

What appears at first glance a suicide turns into a complicated murder for Chief Superintendent Walther Ekman. Evidently, the girl was running from someone in the building when she fell – or pushed – to her death. The investigation leads the investigators to a drug and white slavery racket, taking them to Morocco and the head of the network. The case gets more complicated with the murders and a hidden assassin that may be after unknown victims. Influential clientele and powerful crooks further complicate the investigation.

This was an outstanding mystery set in Morocco and Sweden, and the characters were three-dimensional and real. The author’s writing captures the reader from the beginning and holds them till the final killing on the Baltic Sea. Highly recommended for mystery lovers of international intrigue.

Tom Johnson


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