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  • MacLehose Press
  • Little, Brown Young Readers US
  • MacLehose Press
  • Little Brown

Hell and High Water: A blistering Swedish crime thriller, with the most original heroine you'll meet this year

Christian Unge

7 Reviews

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Prose: non-fiction, Thriller / suspense, Picture books

The first in a new Swedish crime series featuring Tekla Berg, a fearless doctor with a remarkable photographic memory

"Watch your blood pressure! A tense and clever thriller" Lilja Siguroardottir

With 85% per cent burns to his body and a 115% risk of dying, it's a miracle the patient
is still alive.

He only made it this far thanks to Tekla Berg, an emergency physician whose unorthodox methods and photographic memory are often the difference between life and death.

Convinced that the fire was a terrorist attack - and that the patient was involved - the police are determined to question him. Almost as determined as those who would silence him at any cost. And while Tekla battles to keep him breathing, she can't shake the thought that something about him is strangely familiar . . .

Tekla has always hidden her remarkable mind from her hospital colleagues, resorting to amphetamines to take the edge off the endless whirl of lucid memories. But now she'll need to call on all her wits as she's drawn into a mystery involving corrupt police, the godfather of the Uzbek mafia, and her beloved but wayward brother.

Translated from the Swedish by George Goulding

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Praise for Hell and High Water: A blistering Swedish crime thriller, with the most original heroine you'll meet this year

  • Electrifying. - Crime Monthy.

  • - Literary Review

  • Watch your blood pressure! A tense and clever thriller.

  • Christian Unge describes the hospital environment better than anyone else in Sweden. Tekla is a scalpel-sharp character who delivers a massive shot of adrenalin. Unmissable.

  • A gripping crime novel . . . fast-moving and packed with convincing detail and memorable characters . . . Tekla is a terrific character.

  • As gripping as it could be. Stressed-out, sleep-deprived and pill-popping Dr Tekla Berg is as unusual a centra character as you will find . . . An authentic and seriously exciting debut.

  • - Irish Independent.

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Christian Unge

Christian Unge works as a senior doctor at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm. He spent the early part of his career working for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Congo (DRC) and Burundi, later publishing a memoir about his experiences. Film/TV rights to his Tekla Berg series have been sold to FLX, producers of the Netflix series Quicksand.

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