Selma Falck, a former professional athlete and star lawyer, is in a deep crisis. In the blink of an eye she’s been left by her husband and child and lost her job and house – and it’s all her own fault. With nowhere else to go, Selma moves into a wreck of an apartment, her only companion a pedigree cat she can’t stand.
On the same day that Selma moves into her new place, Hege Chin Morell – Norway’s best female skier – fails a doping test. With just two months to go till the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, the test shows that Morell has taken clostebol, a drug that could mean several years of suspension. Selma Falck is approached by Morell’s wealthy father. He believes that his daughter is the victim of sabotage and offers the broke and unemployed Selma the seemingly impossible job of proving Morell’s innocence before the final athlete selections are made.
Shortly thereafter, a male cross-country skier is found dead after a training accident in Maridalen. The autopsy reveals traces of the same substance as in Morell’s blood. The panic that spreads in Norway’s cross-country team is total. In addition to losing its two best members, the whole team is at risk of being banned from the Olympics.
Selma Falck’s race against time begins. She encounters camaraderie and corruption, hidden enmity and shady connections. As she realizes that more lives are at stake, the pattern of recent crimes and ancient sins becomes undeniable.
“The main characters of the novel are described so well that you think you know them. Selma Falck is one of them, and she is a wonderful, fresh addition to the crime genre. Holt is confident in her field and prose. And she knows how to keep a tight grip on her readers.”
“A Grave for Two is strikingly well-written. Anne Holt has with her main character Selma Falck created a figure that stands very strong in the story, which is vibrant and credible – and will be exciting to follow in the future.”
“The grand lady of Norwegian crime fiction introduces a new heroine /…/ Entertaining”