In World War II-era Sweden, a young woman finds her old college friend's death is tied to an ugly national conspiracy in Cecilia Ekback's The Historians.
Ekback's historical thriller explores Sweden's status in the war, trying to balance the steadily encroaching Nazis with the needs of the Allies as well as the shifting politics of their own country. It's a different perspective than I often see in war stories.
But it's also a crackling good thriller with a steady body count, as our protagonist teams up with a government official in hot water, and ends up at a mysterious mountaintop mining operation before finding out how deep the conspiracy runs.
Spying, treachery, and murder are all in play, and even if the reader sees the denouement coming quicker than the characters it is still fun.
Satisfactory on all counts, with some unsettling true-life elements. A worthwhile read I checked out from the New Castle-Henry County Public Library in New Castle, Indiana.