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Block 46

Published Date: 14th November 2016

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15th May 2017
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Evil remembers…

Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina. Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s. Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again. Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald? Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French truecrime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light. Plumbing the darkness and the horrific evidence of the nature of evil, Block 46 is a multi-layered, sweeping and evocative thriller that heralds a stunning new voice in French Noir.


Winner of Balai de la Découverte 2016 and Nouvelle Plume d’Argent 2016


‘A real page-turner … I loved it!’ Martina Cole


‘A great serial-killer thriller with a nice twist … first rate’ James Oswald


‘A bold and audacious debut from a very talented writer. Heralds the beginning of a thrilling new series’ R J Ellory


‘Cleverly plotted, simply excellent…’ Ragnar Jónasson


‘Viscerally brutal yet delicately beautiful, like blood spatter on fresh snow. An unbelievable debut’

Matt Wesolowski

‘Gripping … utterly mesmerising’ Thomas Enger


Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives in London. She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.


Online Reviews

‘Harrowing, ambitious, and downright chilling. Block 46 is not for the faint of heart – and not to be missed’ Crime by the Book


Block 46 is not for the faint hearted, nor for those of a sensitive disposition.  Johana Gustawsson has written a very impressive and very dark thriller. Block 46 is her first work translated into English (by the very capable Maxim Jakubowski), and I am quite certain it will be a critical success’ TripFiction


‘I was so intrigued to see where Block 46 was going. Yet, after just a few pages, I had to put the book down for a while, needing a break. I desperately wanted to read more, but also didn’t. Books don’t often have such an impact on me. And not many books make me email a publisher with the expression “OMG”! Block 46 contains everything I want in crime fiction, including twists, turns and surprises. It totally broke me for a while at the end and is certainly not a book that I’ll forget’ Off-the-Shelf Books


‘Breathtakingly honest and true, Block 46 really is something unique and special, with a writer who has carved out her own place in the Noir genre  – French, Swedish, German and her own personal history woven into the mix – and it’s a raw, emotional and memorable read’ The BookTrail 


‘With its short chapters and the changing narrative (there are also brief interludes told from the perspective of the killer), Block 46 is a book that demands your full attention. The threads of the stories are gradually woven together resulting in a thrilling and shocking denouement. Block 46 is the best kind of book, it’s a gripping psychological thriller with a clever and engaging resolution but it also does what the most intelligent fiction can do, it reaches into the past and tells us that there are some lessons we must never forget. It’s a book that kept me reading long into the night, then I couldn’t sleep for thinking about it’ Hair Past a Freckle


‘Without hesitation this book has already made it to my top reads of 2017. Why? Because it’s a rich and harrowing story of the psychology of evil, good versus bad, death versus life; it’s complex, fast-paced, and disturbing,  all the elements that make a crime read stand out from the norm. Gripping from the first page, Block 46 will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its shocking conclusion, that I can guarantee’ The Book Review Café 


Block 46 is the type of book you can’t put down. Don’t start it at night like I did … not that you will be able to sleep after reading. Outstanding’ MrsLovesToBake