Detective Inspector Irene Huss hasn't seen Sophie Malmborg for over 15 years, but she's still haunted by the strange young ballerina's role in the fire that killed her stepfather. Why had she refused to speak to Irene and the other case workers? Could an 11-year-old, even one as disturbed and aloof as Sophie, truly be capable of setting her own house on fire? Irene's questions resurface 15 years later, when Sophie disappears, and the charred remains of a dancer are found in an abandoned warehouse.
Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. Other books in the Irene Huss series includeDetective Inspector Huss, Night Rounds, The Torso, The Glass Devil, The Golden Calf, and The Beige Man. She was born in Goteborg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband and daughter. From the Hardcover edition.