The Department of Sensitive Crimes
A Detective Varg Novel,
by Älexander McCall Smith, author of the
No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels.
In the Swedish criminal justice system certain cases are considered especially strange and difficult. In Malmö, the dedicated detectives who investigate theses crimes are members of an elite squad known as The Sensitive Crimes Division.
The team: Ulf “the Wolf” Varg, the top dog, thoughtful and diligent; Anna Bengsdotter, who’s in love with Varg’s car (and possibly Varg too); Carl Holgersson, who likes nothing more than filling out paperwork; and Erik Nykvist, who is deeply committed to fly fishing. With the help of a rather verbose local police officer, this crack team gets to the bottom of cases other detectives can’t or won’t bother to handle. Equal parts hilarious and heartening, The Department of Sensitive Crimes is a tour de farce from a true master.
Paperback, 240pp. 2020