Den som ger sig in i leken

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Blir man någonsin för gammal för äventyr? Gunvor Ström är redan i mitten på 60-års åldern när hennes karriär plötsligt tar en drastisk vändning. Från en framgångsrik karriär som kirurg, som får ett abrupt slut på grund av darrande händer, kastar hon sin in i en helt ny värld full av utmaningar.
Privatdetektiv. Vem hade kunnat tro det? Men det visar sig att det passar både hennes nyfikenhet, skarpa analysförmåga och mod.
Gunvor får ett fall som sägs vara enkelt. En otrohetsaffär. Men när mannen blir brutalt misshandlad och frun drar tillbaka uppdraget vänds allt upp och ner.
Två ungdomar från förorten och en åldrande kvinna gör vad de kan för att smälta in på Stockholms innekrogar. Tillsammans ger de sig ut i Stockholmsnatten för att lösa gåtan och kanske också slippa sina liv för en kort stund. Men någon ser dem. Någon som håller sig osynlig i bakgrunden men bevakar varje steg de tar.
Det är en berättelse om våld, galenskap, passion och mod. En katt- och råtta-lek på liv och död. När snaran dras åt är det för länge sedan för sent. För den som ger sin in i leken...


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Quem brinca com o fogo

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Uma historia acerca de violencia, loucura, paixao e coragem num jogo de perseguicao de vida ou de morte.
É-se alguma vez demasiado velho para se ser aventureiro? Gunvor Strm j vai a meio dos seus sessenta anos quando a sua carreira sofre uma mudana drstica. Devido a um insistente tremor de mos, forada a deixar uma bem-sucedida carreira como cirurgi para se lanar num mundo novo e cheio de desafios. Detective privado. Quem poderia ter pensado em tal coisa? Mas a mudana est de acordo com o seu esprito curioso, capacidade analtica e coragem.
Foi-lhe dado um caso que se diria simples. Um marido infiel. Porm, quando este brutalmente atacado e a esposa cancela o contrato fica tudo virado ao contrrio. Gunvor tem dificuldade em largar a questo. A agncia deixou de ter caso, mas o que Gunvor faz no seu tempo livre responsabilidade dela. Para a ajudar recruta dois conhecimentos recentes. Elin uma rapariga com dezanove anos que passa demasiado tempo fechada no quarto, para ultrapassar as zangas dos pais. David um jovem arruaceiro que passa os seus dias sem nada fazer nas redondezas do Centro Comercial de Frungen.
Juntos percorrem a vida nocturna de Estocolmo para resolverem o enigma e talvez tambm deixarem as suas prprias vidas de lado durante algum tempo. Dois jovens e uma senhora de idade que tentam passar despercebidos nos bares de moda de Estocolmo. Mas algum os v. Algum que se mantm na sombra, vigiando cada passo que do.
Esta uma histria acerca de violncia, loucura, paixo e coragem num jogo de perseguio de vida ou de morte. Quando o fogo pegar, h j muito que demasiado tarde. Porque quem brinca com o fogo...


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Quelli che si mettono in gioco

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Si e mai trovvo vecchi per un avventura? Gunvor Strom ha piu di 60 anni quando la sua carriera prende una svolta improvvisa: dopo una vita trascorsa come chirurgo, e costretta a lasciare a casua di un tremolio alle mani e si lancia in un mondo ricco di sfide, quello del detective privato. Chi avrebbe potuto crederlo? E' una prova in linea con la sua curiosita, con la sua capacita di analisi e la sua pazienza.
Gunvor ottiene un caso apparentemente semplice, un sospetto tradimento di un marito. Quando l'uomo viene aggredito brutalmente, le indagini vengono sconvolte e Gunvor non molla. Grazie all'aiuto di una ragazza di 19 anni, che ha trascorso la maggior parte della vita in una stanza per sfuggire ai litigi dei genitori,e il teppistello David, che passa il proprio tempo bighellonando nel quartiere periferico di Frungen, cercher di risolverle.
I tre si gettano nella notte di Stoccolma per scovare indizi e lasciare da parte le delusioni della vita per qualche attimo. Due giovani e una donna anziana fanno ci che possono per passare inosservati nei pub di Stoccolma, ma qualcuno li nota e riesce a rimanere nell'ombra mentre li tiene d'occhio.
E' una storia di violenza, pazzia, passione e pazienza. Un gioco "e;fra il gatto e il topo"e; fra vita e morte. Quando la trappola scatta, gi troppo tardi. Per quelli che si mettono in gioco...


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Quien juega con fuego

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Gunvor es una mujer en edad de jubilarse que durante muchos años trabajó con éxito como cirujana. Cuando los años se hicieron notar y ni los bloqueadores beta podían controlar sus temblorosas manos, su carrera tuvo un abrupto fin. Siendo adicta al trabajo, buscó una nueva carrera como detective privado. Es como tal que nos encontramos con ella por primera vez.
Ella es muy activa y todavía ambiciona una carrera profesional. Es un lobo solitario que entrena duramente, a pesar de que a su cuerpo le cuesta seguir el ritmo. Siente miedo a la vejez aunque ya esta la ha alcanzado. Después de muchos años viviendo en un chalet de Saltsjöbaden, ahora tras su divorcio, reside en un apartamento de Fruängen. Se ha prometido a sí misma no permitirse desperdiciar los años en banalidades, sino aprovechar al máximo cada día.
Gunvor es todavía la novata cuando le encargan una misión aparentemente sencilla; una sospecha de infidelidad. Cuando el hombre a quien espía, resulta brutalmente maltratado y su mujer cancela la misión, no puede evitar intentar resolver el misterio por cuenta propia. Aunque no es enteramente por cuenta propia, porque la asisten David y Elin.
David es un joven holgazán en paro, el cual dedicaba gran parte del tiempo a vagar junto a sus amigos por el metro de Fruängen. Elin es una chica tímida y reprimida de 19 años, que ha pasado la mayor parte de su vida encerrada en su dormitorio, intentando eludir las peleas de sus padres.
Es el juego del gato y el ratón, lleno de violencia, locura, pasión y valentía. Además de ser una intriga en la que es difícil concluir quién es el verdadero enemigo hasta que llega su desenlace, es también la historia de una naciente amistad entre tres personajes muy dispares.


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Wer sich auf das Spiel einlässt

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Wird man irgendwann zu alt für Abenteuer? Gunvor Ström ist schon mitten in ihren Sechszigern, als ihre Karriere plötzlich eine drastische Wende erfährt. Aus einer erfolgreichen Laufbahn als Chirurgin, welche aufgrund ihrer zitternden Hände abrupt ihr Ende findet, stürzt sie sich in eine völlig neue Welt voller Herausforderungen. Privatdetektivin. Wer hätte das gedacht? Doch ihre Neugier, ihr scharfer, analytischer Geist und ihr Mut passen dazu wie die Faust aufs Auge.
Als sie einen neuen Fall bekommt, stellt sich dieser zuerst sehr einfach dar. Ein Mann wird verdächtigt eine Affäre zu haben. Als dieser jedoch brutal zusammengeschlagen wird und seine Frau hastig den Auftrag zurückzieht, steht alles plötzlich Kopf. Gunvor will sich nicht so einfach geschlagen geben. Zwar hat das Detektivbüro den Auftrag verloren, doch was Gunvor in ihrer Freizeit tut, ist schließlich ihre Sache. Ihr zur Seite stehen zwei kürzlich gewonnene Mitstreiter. Die neunzehnjährige Elin hat einen allzu großen Teil ihres Lebens damit verbracht den Streitigkeiten ihrer Eltern auszuweichen. David ist ein junger Unruhestifter der seine Zeit damit verbringt in der Stockholmer Vorstadt herumzuhängen und nichts zu tun.
Zusammen begeben sie sich in das Nachtleben Stockholms, um das Rätsel zu lösen und ihrem Leben vielleicht für kurze Zeit zu entkommen. So tun zwei junge Menschen und eine alternde Dame was sie können. um sich unter die Stockholmer In-Szene zu mischen.
Doch sie werden beobachtet. Unsichtbar, aus dem Hintergrund heraus, beobachtet jemand jeden ihrer Schritte.
Es ist eine Erzählung über Gewalt, Wahnsinn, Leidenschaft und Mut. Ein Katz- und Maus-Spiel um Leben und Tod. Als die Schlinge sich zuzieht, ist es schon lange zu spät.
Denn wer sich auf das Spiel einlässt, muss das Spiel auch mitspielen.


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Looking for Alice

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Gunvor Ström may be in her sixties, her hands might be too shaky to perform operations and her body complains every time she works out. But her mind is as sharp as her scalpel. And she embraces change. After the divorce, she moved from a nice villa in an affluent area to an apartment in the shady suburb of Fruängen. It gets a little lively, but she likes being in the middle of things. She’s smart, experienced and innocent-looking – all qualities appreciated by a detective agency. As the agency’s rookie, she gets a surveillance job. A straightforward case, they say. Typical domestic. A wife suspects infidelity. Just track the husband.

But when the husband is attacked and viciously beaten, his wife calls off the assignment. Too late. Gunvor is on the trail. The agency isn’t paying her, but her free time is her own business.

After intervening in an incident of bullying, Gunvor finds herself with two unlikely allies. David is a young, jobless waster who hangs about Fruängen tube station. Nineteen-year-old Elin is shy and introverted, after spending too long in her bedroom hiding from her parents’ fights.

Out of curiosity, the pair join forces with Gunvor. Who’s going to notice two young people and an elderly lady slinking around the Stockholm streets? Only someone who’s watching their every move, biding his time, waiting to pounce. Curiosity can be deadly.

A story of violence, madness, passion and bravery. A cat-and-mouse game of life and death. Looking for Alice is a Gunvor Ström Novel.


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L. Tilden, Netgalley - says:

"... well written and excellently translated.,."

Score: 3 / 5

Kenneth F, Netgalley - says:

Gunvor Ström is the character that Luna Miller uses as her mentor in her book Looking for Alice: A Gunvor Ström Novel. Gunvor was a surgeon until she almost killed a patient at the hospital. She left the hospital and started working as a detective for an agency. While waiting for the train she saw a bully picking on a young girl, Elin. The bully, David would do this every day so Gunvor decided to help Elin get past this lad every day possible. What she then does is recruit both Elin and David to solve a case that she can't seem to be in because of her age. What happened was that she found out her client's husband would frequent bars that she would stand out in. Her recruits would not have this problem but many things happened to them and it all revolved around to this woman Alice, her brother and several men that were money hungry. I've basically given you the plot now you will want to read the story.

Score: 4 / 5

Kirkus Indie - says:

"In Gunvor Ström, Miller, the author of the thriller Three Days in September (2016), has crafted an entertaining heroine - a modern Miss Marple with a social consciense and some impressive aikido skills."
"...strong dialogue, intelligent plotting, and convincing character development throughout."
"...highly enjoyable read."
"...punchy Nordic Noir thriller."

Marianne V, Netgalley - says:

4.5★s
“’You nicked his phone? But you’re just a sweet little old lady. Sorry that’s a bit rude— but it’s true!’ Looking like a boring old woman may well be an advantage in her line of work, but it hurt to have it confirmed so emphatically. Especially when she so actively loathed the whole idea of growing old.” Looking For Alice is the first book in the Gunvor Ström series by Swedish author, Luna Milller. It is translated from Swedish by Aidan Isherwood. Banker Mikael Franzén has been acting completely out of character: staying out late, coming home drunk. His wife Nadja suspects he is cheating on her, so she engages The Private Eyes. Gunvor Ström is recalled from an island vacation to take the case. After following Mikael once, it is clear she will need to work with someone who can enter the cool bars Mikael is frequenting without drawing undue attention to themselves. Coming to private investigation work in her mid-sixties after a successful career as a surgeon, Gunvor’s little old lady persona is fine for some jobs, but not this one. College drop-out, David is surprised to find that the nosy old woman who’d stolen his phone and played a dirty trick on him is offering him a job. What’s more, he will be teaming up with the young woman he and his friends have been harassing daily at the tube station. But 1000 kroner is 1000 kroner, and the idea of going undercover kind of appeals. Elin Svensson is ready to take on something a bit more exciting than her usual routine of study and classes, but she hasn’t bargained on an encounter with two rough types beating up the target of their surveillance. With that, Nadja Franzén mysteriously withdraws her request, and it looks as though they aren’t going to discover the truth. But the whole situation is intriguing enough for Guvnor’s boss to sanction continuing the investigation. David and Elin are eager to continue, and Guvnor’s neighbour, Aidan joins in, happy to partake of something more exciting than teaching English. But before long, murder, drugging and kidnapping have Guvnor second-guessing her decision to involve these relatively innocent youngsters in this (now-) dangerous case. In Gunvor Ström, Miller gives the reader a rather different PI: she’s fit, intelligent, trained in Aikido, with a dose of street smart to back that up, and manages to quickly garner the loyalty of her helpers, the makeshift team who decide to call themselves The Fruängen Bureau. David and Elin prove to have courage and initiative, even if some of what Elin does seems hopelessly naïve. The plot is fairly credible, taking a few turns as it builds up to a heart-thumping climax, in which Gunvor gets to demonstrate her Aikido skills (of course). This is a promising dose of Swedish noir and more of Gunvor Ström and her Fruängen Bureau will definitely be welcome. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Publish Authority.

Score: 5 / 5

Frank E, Netgalley - says:

4 1/2 ★s
After noticing bullies tormenting a shy young girl in her late teens on an almost daily basis, Gunvor Strom takes action and delivers payback in a deliciously novel way. In her mid-sixties, Gunvor is a retired surgeon who gave up her medical profession when she almost killed a patient because her hands tremored during a delicate operation. Knowing she had a sharp mind and actively worked to stay in good physical condition, a friend offered her a position in his Private Investigation agency. Because she wanted something challenging to do and had kept herself healthy and fit by studying Aikido for decades, she thought, "Why not. I can do this!" Gunvor's first case assignment was what everyone thought was a routine suspicious-wife-suspects-husband-of-adultery case. Soon after accepting the case, she realized the husband was visiting public places where, if she followed him, she would expose herself by standing out in the crowd. So, she cleverly enlisted the young man and woman she had interacted with earlier in the bullying incident to help her in the case. This teamwork worked well until they realized the husband wasn't what the wife had suspected, and things turned deadly. After witnessing a gruesome murder, Gunvor and her two assistants become entangled in a life-and-death race against the clock, where she finds herself having to bring to life her marshall arts skills to save her life and those she had grown to love. I thoroughly enjoyed Luna Millers's debut novel in the Gunvor Strom series. I was given the publisher's option to read "Looking for Alice" for an honest review. The notion of an older modern-day female PI intrigued me as I had enjoyed reading Agatha Christie novels of Miss Marple, the amateur detective/investigator. Having also enjoyed reading other Nordic noir novels over the past few years, I gave the book a try. I am glad to say it did not disappoint me. The storyline was well crafted, and I enjoyed the unexpected bit of action and type of intrigue not seen in the Miss Marple books. Besides the twists and turns of the story, not having been to Sweden before, I also enjoyed the Stockholm tour of unique places in my mind. I enjoyed Googling intriguing locations and places of interest in the story more than I do with typical novels. Overall, I say, "Bravo, Luna Miller. When is your Gunvor Strom's book #2 coming out?"

Score: 5 / 5

Sara N McIntosh - says:

Probably the Most Innovative Novel I´ve Read in a Long Time.
Probably the only phrase I could think of to describe this book is "jaw-dropping." Everything seems to move along so fast that there is much to run through, leaving the question of what may come in the end as something hanging in the balance. The many challenges of life provide details that almost any reader can connect with, be it contemporary or something from their past. I know there is much that I am able to touch base with. This is probably one of the most thrilling novels that I've read without it being focused much around the genre of being a thriller. I have to say that this is so incredibly creative, and if you are a reader like me with a love for literature and everything that you can question in a story, then this will be a true page-turner. You won't be able to put it down.

Score: 5 / 5

Piaras - says:

A well-written mystery crime novel.
Swedish author Luna Miller weaves a first-class mystery and crime novel with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a modern and compelling Miss Marple type character with some impressive aikido skills to boot! In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a moderately fast-paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last. The subject matter may not appeal to every mystery fan, but if you're looking for a fresh voice in mystery narrative, infused with graphic details, Luna Miller delivers in Looking for Alice.

Score: 4 / 5

V.E. - says:

Nordic Mystery
Looking for Alice: A Gunvor Ström Novel by Luna Miller is a captivating story right from the start. Featuring an aging private investigator the story pulls you in and doesn't let go. Gunvor takes on a seemingly simple case, that of a man who seems to be having an affair, but there is much more to the story. His wife Nadja wants to know what is going on. Rather than take on the case solely by herself, Gunvor hires a younger team to help her solve the case. There are some quite graphic details in this book, namely sex and violence, which don't really add to the story. As elements, these eliminate the book from being a cozy mystery. However, overall this is a solid mystery with an engaging lead character and is perfect for a quick read.

Score: 5 / 5




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