The Historians

A Novel

by Cecilia Ekbäck

On Sale: 11/03/2020

The Historians

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The Historians

A Novel

by Cecilia Ekbäck

On Sale: 11/03/2020


About the Book

The Secret History meets Fatherland

 Before the war they were the best of friends. Five brilliant young historians debated origins, ideas and the place of history in modern times under the guidance of the charismatic Professor Lindahl. When war broke out the five disbanded, ending up on different sides. Now one of them has been found tortured and killed . . .

 It is 1943 and Sweden’s neutrality in the war is under pressure. Laura Dahlgren, a bright young historian who is the right hand of the chief negotiator with Germany, is privy to ongoing discussions about the transport of German soldiers to occupied Norway and German access to Swedish iron ore. When her former best friend and fellow classmate, Britta, is discovered tortured and murdered, Laura is determined to find her killer.

In the Swedish government, the secretary to the unpopular minister of foreign affairs, Jens Regnell, is sent Britta’s PhD thesis on Scandinavian supremacy without understanding why, just as he is becoming increasingly worried that his boss is secretly negotiating with the Reich without informing the government.

In Lapland, near the iron mine, Sami are mysteriously disappearing. Taneli, a young Sami boy, decides to investigate after his sister suddenly goes missing.

 Together these three people will uncover a conspiracy that could topple their government and destroy their country’s identity—a conspiracy that others are desperate to contain at any cost necessary.

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Critical Praise

“In this multi-layered, intense, compelling novel, Cecilia Ekbäck has created a world filled with secrets and lies—a dangerous, dark place that her characters must somehow negotiate to survive. I loved this intriguing, powerful book. A clever historical twist on Nordic noir.”  - Saskia Sarginson, bestselling author of The Wonderful

“This book is as noir as noir gets. From the first word, I was unable to tear myself away from this brilliantly written thriller; each character more original and intriguing than the next. Ekbäck pulls you into darkness so subtly, you don't even notice the fall—and then suddenly your heart stops.”  - Ruby Wax 

The Historians is both haunting and beautifully written. It is one of those books that you simply do not want to end, despite the urgency in needing to know how it will conclude.“  - Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, bestselling author of The Legacy

The Historians blends a fascinating historical intrigue with the quick pace and excitement of a thriller. Cecilia Ekbäck's talent for storytelling and luminous prose shine in this highly suspenseful novel.”  - Ellen Keith, bestselling author of The Dutch Wife


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443459488
  • ISBN 10: 1443459488
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 11/03/2020
  • Pages: 464
  • List Price:22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Historical / World War II
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Thrillers / Historical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Thrillers / Political

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