The landline rings as Agneta is waving off her grandchildren. Just one word comes out of the receiver: ‘Geiger’. For decades, Agneta has always known that this moment would come, but she is shaken. She knows what it means.
Retrieving her weapon from its hiding place, she attaches the silencer and creeps up behind her husband before pressing the barrel to his temple.
Then she squeezes the trigger and disappears – leaving behind her wallet and keys..
The extraordinary murder is not Sara Nowak’s case. But she was once close to those affected and, defying regulations, she joins the investigation. What Sara doesn’t know is that the mysterious codeword is just the first piece in the puzzle of an intricate and devastating plot fifty years in the making.
Geiger is an engaging and unpredictable spy drama, with all the twists and turns you could possibly need and a strong sense of character and place.
It has an immediately absorbing opening as Grandma Agneta waves goodbye to her children and grandchildren, receives a phone call, then shoots her unsuspecting husband in the head and disappears into the day. Why? Well the answer to that question will keep you turning those pages.
I particularly liked that this was an intelligent story with plenty of historical context, some vibrant and divisive characters and a tendency to change the state of play every once in a while- the description “page turner” suits Geiger down to the ground but there’s no compromise in quality in order to deliver cheap thrills but more a gradual process of understanding what exactly is going on. The theme of celebrity and power is a strong one and overall this is a banging good read.
The end leaves you hoping for more given the world the author has presented here and I enjoyed every moment. Recommended.