Åsa Larsson was born and grew up in
Kiruna, Sweden. Her first novel, The Savage Altar, was awarded the Swedish Crime
Writers' Association prize for best debut. Its sequel, The Blood Spilt, was
chosen as Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2004.
Laurie Thompson is the
distinguished translator of the novels of Henning Mankell and Håkan Nesser. He
was editor of Swedish Book Review between 1983 and 2002.