The Demon of Dakar is the third book by Kjell Eriksson about Detective Ann Lindell of the Uppsala police. The first was The Princess of Burundi, and the second The Cruel Stars of the Night.
The life of Manuel Alavez, a Mexican peasant, has changed for the worse. One of his brothers have died, the other is imprisoned in Sweden for drug smuggling. Both were set up by a stranger. The Zapotek indians of Mexico, Manuel’s tribe, call such men bhni guí’a. They tempt people with riches and a good life, but take their souls in return.
Manuel decides to go to Sweden. He learns that the demon is the unpleasant owner of two restaurants in Uppsala, who along with his partner has set up a smuggling operation to finance his restaurant empire. His name is Slobodan Andersson.
One day Ann Lindell shows up in the restaurant. Slobodan’s partner, Armas,has been killed, and has been found with his throat sliced. All clues lead straight back to the popular restaurant Dakar, owned by Slobodan Andersson. has some shady connections in his past, and his partner’s reputation is equally murky.
The murder of Armas seems to have started a wild chain of violent and dramatic events, centered around restaurant Dakar. A large number of people are suspicious. The meat chef is an oddball, to say the least. The newest hire’s personal life is a tangled web of lies. Even Eva Willman, the seemingly blameless older woman returning to the workforce as a waitress, has skeletons in her closet.
As for Ann Lindell – she feels she is chasing some shadow on a revenge mission that is likely to hit again.
The Demon of Dakar is a wonderful police procedural. If Ann is to prevent a bloodbath, she must match wits with an invisible killer whose motives are seemingly completely obscure. But the reader knows the killer well. To him, the crimes are justified. Actually, he’s a very likable fellow who is only looking for justice.
In The Demon of Dakar, as in all of Kjell Eriksson’s compelling spellbinders, though, justice entails a frantic race to the finish, a race without rules and fraught with danger.