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Beyond All Reasonable Doubt
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Beyond All Reasonable Doubt
A Novel
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Best Thriller and Mystery of the Year – Washington Post Best Thriller and Mystery of the Year – San Francisco GateFrom the award-winning author of Quicksand, a gripping legal thriller that...
Best Thriller and Mystery of the Year – Washington Post Best Thriller and Mystery of the Year – San Francisco GateFrom the award-winning author of Quicksand, a gripping legal thriller that...
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  • Best Thriller and Mystery of the Year – Washington Post
    Best Thriller and Mystery of the Year – San Francisco Gate
    From the award-winning author of Quicksand, a gripping legal thriller that follows one womans conflicted efforts to overturn what may be a wrongful conviction.

    I'm giving you a chance to achieve every lawyer’s dream, said Sophia Weber’s old professor. Freeing an innocent man.
    Thirteen years ago, a fifteen-year-old girl was murdered. Doctor Stig Ahlin was sentenced to life in prison. But no one has forgotten the brutal crime. Ahlin is known as one of the most ruthless criminals.
    When Sophia Weber discovers critical flaws in the murder investigation, she decides to help Ahlin. But Sophia doing her utmost to get her client exonerated arouses many people's disgust. And the more she learns, the more difficult her job becomes. What kind of man is her client really? What has he done? And will she ever know the truth?

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  • From the book Katrin 1998  
     
    In the beginning, all is well. First she shaves her legs, carefully, using Dad’s shaving  cream. The  bathtub ends up dotted with tiny bits of hair and her legs become satiny smooth. She applies a mask for oily, shiny skin and a hair treatment for split ends. The mirror fogs over and her bangs curl in the fresh air from the window she opens.
    Then she paints her toenails and fingernails in a thin layer of pale pink. Mom’s dress and necklace  are hanging from a padded hanger, moving slowly with the warm draft. The stereo plays just loud enough and her perfume is brand-new. She sings softly without knowing the words, stands nude before the mirror and puts on her makeup: first powder, then eye shadow, mascara, and just a hint of blush. She and Carmen are the only ones at home. Mom and Dad are away for the weekend and she has all the time she needs.
    All is well. Nothing bad could happen. There’s no way anything can go wrong.
    But then there’s something she forgot to pick up at the store. She has to hurry, pulls the dress over her head and feels the nail polish sticking to the fabric. She runs to the store with Carmen in tow, skips the waste bags, yanking at the leash. The dog could spend hours sniffing. There is no time for that.
    On the way home, Carmen stops short and refuses to budge. She plants her legs and pulls back and Katrin has to tug on the leash so hard that Carmen’s collar rides up and gets stuck on her ears. Katrin has to drag the dog the last little way, through the gate and up the stairs.
    By the time they’re back in the house, Katrin is too hot. The stains will be visible on the dress once the sweat dries, salty deposits eating into the fabric, and she stinks. When she’s nervous the sweating won’t stop. Her body betrays her. She smells like yeast and sulfur, musty and dead.
    But it’ll be fine, she says. She repeats it several times. Whispering it into the mirror. Everything, everything, everything will work out for the very very best.
    If only she hurries to wash herself properly. She gets back into the shower. Soaping her underarms, dabbing her sticky nails with acetone on a cotton ball. She pulls a washcloth between her thighs, where it already itches even though it’s only been two days since she removed the hair there.
    He doesn’t like her pubic hair; her slimy fluids make it stick together and stiffen into curls. He hates it when that happens.
    She washes again, and once more. Rubbing until she’s covered with thick, white lather. But acid rises in her stomach and her mouth tastes sour. She clears her throat and brings up a bitter yellow glob. When she licks the back of her hand, she gets a whiff of bile and reflux. She’s so incredibly disgusting. She reeks. She can smell it herself.
    Her gums start to bleed after the third brushing. She gargles as long as she can without choking.
    She inhales. Tries to breathe slowly. Deeply. One breath at a time. She dries off. Raises her arms. The deodorant needs time to dry; it has to dry all the way before she gets dressed. Then she runs naked up the stairs and borrows another dress from Mom, a white one that’s a tiny bit tight across her chest. She balls up the other one and shoves it to the bottom of the hamper. She doesn’t bother with perfume; it’s too strong. Whorish, maybe, it was really cheap after all.
    Breathe slowly. Shoulders down. The recipes are laid out in the kitchen. She’s going to make salad for a starter, battered cod for the main course, and the sticky chocolate cake is already done. It took her almost an entire...

About the Author-

  • Malin Persson Giolito was born in Stockholm in 1969 and grew up in Djursholm, Sweden. She holds a degree in law from Uppsala University and has worked as a lawyer for the biggest law firm in the Nordic region and as an official for the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of four novels including Quicksand, named Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year and now a Netflix original series. Persson Giolito lives with her husband and three daughters in Brussels.
     
    Rachel Willson-Broyles holds a bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She started translating while a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a PhD in Scandinavian Studies in 2013. Her translation of Malin Persson Giolito’s Quicksand was published in 2017. Willson-Broyles lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 1, 2019
    In this searing legal thriller from Giolito (Quicksand), law professor Hans Segerstad persuades Stockholm defense attorney Sophia Weber, a former student, to try to prove the innocence of Stig Ahlin, a medical researcher. Ahlin was convicted 13 years earlier in 1998 for the murder of 15-year-old Katrin Björk, whose body was found by police in her parents’ house after responding to neighbors’ complaints about the girl’s barking dog. Giotti builds tension by alternating between Sophia’s search for evidence to free Ahlin and flashbacks to the original police investigation. Allegations that Ahlin molested his own daughter complicate Sophia’s efforts to get a retrial. This meticulously crafted novel proves Segerstad’s bitterly ironic claim made at the time he asks Sophia to take on the case: “How could Stig Ahlin be innocent? Our police always tell the truth, our prosecutors are never careless, and the opinions of our judges never fail. Everything is perfect in our country.” Fans of Nordic noir won’t want to miss this one.

  • Kirkus

    April 1, 2019
    A lawyer scrutinizes the investigation and trial that imprisoned a scientist for murdering a teen in this intriguing legal thriller. The victim carefully prepares herself and a meal, but the lover's visit goes terribly wrong, and 15-year-old Katrin Björk is found beaten to death in her house after her terrified dog barks so much that the neighbors call the police. Stig Ahlin, the research scientist convicted of the murder, has been in jail for 13 years when lawyer Sophia Weber is asked to revisit the case and petition for a new trial. Persson Giolito (Quicksand, 2016), a retired Swedish lawyer, toggles between two time periods to give background on Katrin and Stig and the police investigation of the murder. Because Stig admits he was sleeping with Katrin and is also being investigated for allegedly abusing his daughter, Chief Inspector Bertil Lundberg--who's about to become a father--has little doubt about his guilt and proceeds accordingly. The press dubs him Professor Death. In the novel's present, Sophia pieces together a vital flaw in the investigation and prosecution involving questionable evidence from a too-helpful forensic dentist. Something clicks for her about the dog at the crime scene. A journalist offers another angle on the past. Katrin morphs from model student to bad seed. Stig has a thing for prostitutes and biting. The author shows unusual restraint in keeping violence offstage while keeping the reader guessing right up to the two very different twists that make for a gut-punching finale. Sophia was featured in a previous novel along with her irascible grandfather and a love interest in one DI Adam Sahla, who resurfaces here. An ongoing series would be welcome given the author's legal savvy, well-drawn characters, and insightful look at the subtle variations of guilt. No courtroom fireworks but smart, well-written legal and procedural drama.

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  • Booklist

    May 15, 2019
    Award-winning Swedish author Giolito excels at portraying those accused of horrible crimes. Her previous novel, Quicksand (2017), focused on the trial of a teenage girl who was accused of a school shooting; this one follows the quest for a new trial of Stig Ahlin, a man accused of being both a pedophile and a murderer. Ostensibly, the work is a legal thriller starring Sophia Weber, the lawyer who may or may not take on the task of trying to free Ahlin. As in Quicksand, however, the plot frames what is the best part of the writing, an intricate examination of the psyches of criminals and those who work with them, accompanied by pointed questions about who is served by the justice system. While this is a fine novel on its own merits, it is perhaps a bit less compelling than its predecessor. Still, both novels are great reads, and libraries should have them on hand for when Netflix airs its production of Quicksand on April 15, 2019.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

  • New York Times Book Review "Absorbing...[Beyond All Reasonable Doubt] imitates life, in all its messiness and obfuscation...you want to meet Sophia Weber again."
  • Washington Post "Giolito has come up with another knockout legal thriller...Weber is a wonderfully textured creation, a poignant mix of determined braininess and nagging doubts."
  • Refinery29, The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2019 "Calling all fans of courtroom dramas and Netflix's shockingly tense show Quicksand: This is the page-turner for you...[a] courtroom drama that will make you question every testimony."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Intriguing...keep[s] the reader guessing right up to the two very different twists that make for a gut-punching finale...[an] insightful look at the subtle variations of guilt...[a] smart, well-written legal and procedural drama."
  • Booklist "Giolito excels at portraying those accused of horrible crimes...an intricate examination of the psyches of criminals and those who work with them, accompanied by pointed questions about who is served by the justice system...[a] great read."

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