“Elo’s first novel links the commercial fishing industry, the perfume industry, and conservation in a hunt for justice. Perfume executive Pirio Kasparov earns the name “The Swimmer” after surviving four impossible hours in freezing water after a bizarre hit-and-run incident in the ocean demolishes the fishing boat she was on, but her superhero status is no consolation when she informs her friend’s young son that his father didn’t survive… Pirio Kasparov is an alluring heroine. She’s sharp-witted, hell-bent on finding the truth, and her narrative voice is laced with surly sexiness. Pirio’s baldly honest, slightly melancholic reflections and Elo’s use of extreme natural settings will have strong appeal for Scandinavian crime fans. An impressive debut with surprising literary depth.”

Booklist, starred review