Named the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year
A mass shooting has taken place at a prep school in Stockholm’s wealthiest suburb. Maja Norberg is eighteen years old and on trial for her involvement in the massacre where her boyfriend and best friend were killed. When the novel opens, Maja has spent nine excruciating months in jail awaiting trial. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. But how did Maja, the good girl next door who was popular and excelled at school, become the most hated teenager in the country? What did Maja do? Or is it what she didn’t do that brought her here?
Quicksand is an incisive courtroom thriller and a drama that raises questions about the nature of love, the disastrous side effects of guilt, and the function of justice.
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. She is now a full-time writer and has written four novels including Quicksand, her English debut. Persson Giolito lives with her husband and three daughters in Brussels.
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Other Press
“After the first page, I was hooked. I kept reading as if I were hypnotized. This is an extraordinary novel, one that rises above most of what has been published in the suspense genre. […] A courtroom drama about love and class, life and death. And an unforgettable portrayal of a young girl.” —Ingalill Mossander, Aftonbladet
“The storytelling flies with a furious page (…) Malin Persson Giolito writes as though this story is the most important of all, and she succeeds in making it feel that way.”—Sydsvenskan
“[S]he has, in short time, stepped forward as one of the country’s most interesting contemporary writers. (…) The cover of Quicksand calls it a procedural thriller. Sure, this is at times a breathlessly suspenseful novel. But there is still a risk in categorizing the book in the thriller genre – that may risk reducing the gravity with which it is written. Few recent novels have gripped me as forcefully as the final pages of Malin Persson Giolito’s Quicksand.” —Stig Larsson, Expressen
“It’s difficult to resist Malin Persson Giolito’s courtroom thriller Quicksand. (…) It is a frightening portrayal of our time, where the distance between the adult and teenage world is a broad gulf. It is almost impossible for the two worlds to approach one another, just as it is for those who have versus those who have not. Because class divides are central in Persson Giolito’s portrayal of how this school shooting was made possible in a world where prejudice has not one, but many, faces.” —Norrbottens-Kuriren
“It has been a very long time since I read such a beautiful portrayal of what it’s like to be young and struggling with the demands of both society, school, your parents and yourself. […] This is – without compare – the best book I’ve read so far this year. ” —DAST Magazine
“It’s been a long time since I read such a well-structured and well-informed story.” —Skånska Dagbladet
“A mass school shooting has taken place in a suburb of Stockholm. 18-year-old Maja Norberg is on trial for her involvement in this shocking act. Her boyfriend and her best friend are dead. The story is told mostly through what happens in the courtroom. Did Maja, a popular, privileged teenager, incite her boyfriend to commit this heinous crime, or was she merely in the wrong place at the wrong time, with no knowledge of what the shooter had planned? Quicksand is a fascinating look at modern society, class, race, and the definition of justice.” —Sharon K. Nagel, Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, WI