Karin Alvtegen is one of Scandinavia's most acclaimed and bestselling crime writers. She was born in Jonkoping, Sweden, in 1965 and had a varied career, including work in set design for film and stage, before she started to write. She won Sweden's most prestigious crime award, the Glass Key, for Missing. Her novel Shadow was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2009. She is the great neice of Astrid Lindgren (author of the Pippi Longstocking stories) and lives in Stockholm. Her books have been translated into 27 languages.