‘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
‘I wonder what you’d think of me if you found out that I’ve done something really serious …’
So begin the confessions of Thomas Quick - Scandinavia’s most notorious serial killer.
In 1992, behind the barbed wire fence of a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Thomas Quick confessed to the murder of an eleven-year-old boy who had been missing for twelve years. Over the next nine years, Quick confessed to more than thirty unsolved murders, revealing he had maimed, raped and eaten the remains of his victims.
In the years that followed, a fearless investigative journalist called Hannes Råstam became obsessed with Quick’s case. He studied the investigations in forensic detail. He scrutinised every interrogation, read and re-read the verdicts, watched the police re-enactments and tracked down the medical records and personal police logs - until finally he was faced with a horrifying uncertainty.
In the spring of 2008, Råstam travelled to where Thomas Quick was serving a life sentence. He had one question for Sweden’s most abominable serial killer. And the answer turned out to be far more terrifying than the man himself …
“Reads like a real-life Scandinavian crime novel”
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“It’s appalling, it’s true, and it’s utterly phenomenal reading”
Leif Gw Persson
“The case of convicted serial killer Thomas Quick is an absolutely amazing story, which if it weren’t true, you would not believe. In his gripping account, Hannes Råstam reveals the most extraordinary series of failures and credulity on the part of the so-called criminal justice experts. Piece by piece, Råstam strips away the evidence against Quick until there is nothing left but the awful question of how he was ever convicted of murder, not just once but eight times”
author Of Defending The Guilty
the Sunday Times
“The book is a superb work of journalism. Råstam sadly died last year from cancer, but he would no doubt be proud to have this as his legacy”
killing Time Crime
Hannes Råstam was an investigative reporter for SVT (Swedish Public Broadcasting). He won a number of awards for his work, including the Golden Spade, the Great Journalist Award, the Prix Italia, the Golden Nymph and FIPA d’Or. After a battle with cancer, Råstam passed away while finishing this, his first book.