|Pages/Publication Date:||192 / 2020|
By day he works in a bakery, and by night the unnamed protagonist obsessively organizes and reorganizes his record collection: it's all just the way he likes it. But in this offbeat mystery by Swedish actor Jonas Karlsson, when his childhood friend Magnus comes calling out of the blue, the contours of the familiar world begin to shift. On a visit to the circus together, Magnus volunteers to participate in the magician's disappearing act, and midway through the routine he vanishes. Is this part of the act? What's happened to Magnus? And who is it calling on the phone in the dead of night, breathing into the receiver, but never saying a word?
"Karlsson's knack for Kafkaesque surrealism and suspense is wonderfully paired with sardonic humor and a deeply sympathetic protagonist. This excellent, clever yarn is Karlsson's best yet." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)