The Man with the Silver Saab

The Man with the Silver Saab

ISBN: 9780593313633
Publisher: Anchor Books (Penguin Random House)
Publication Date: 7 June 2022


The Man with Silver Saab is the third book in the Detective Varg series.

Perplexing, unfathomable, and perhaps unimportant, the cases that Malmo’s Department of Sensitive Crimes take on will test them to their limits.

Life – and crime – is not always as it seems for Ulf Varg and the other fearless detectives in Malmo’s Department of Sensitive Crimes. There are always surprising new cases to take on, and the latest batch is no exception. And that’s not to mention Ulf’s struggle to contain his feelings for his colleague Anna Bengsdotter. All in all, things are distinctly difficult in Malmo, and it seems up to Ulf and the Department to set them right.


‘We read him first for his charm; he is a reassuring writer. He is also a serious one. He doesn’t preach, but he is concerned with how we should live, how we should treat others. The nature and importance of friendship and love are two of the themes which recur in all his work… a writer of some real importance’
The Scotsman
‘McCall Smith’s detective series set in Sweden, which he calls Scandi Blanc, is a brighter version of the unrelenting bleakness and violence of the Scandi Noir genre… in the cheerful setting of bright and sunny Swedish summers’
The Herald
‘Another lovely humorous dept of sensitive crimes instalment. So many lovely little incidents and some great witticisms’ 4 star review
‘brilliantly pitched and packed with humour…with witty, intelligent writing, sophisticated characterisation, as well as McCall Smith’s effortless storytelling ability, it makes you think and makes you laugh. A fantastic summer read’
Scottish Field
‘The novel’s pleasures lie in Ulf’s philosophical asides and comments on how to live a good, just life… Smith’s gift is to use crime as a structure for writing about morality and making it such a pleasure to read. This is a refreshing change from the standard Scandinavian noir fare’
Publisher’s Weekly, Starred review
‘a bunch of immensely likeable characters with wonderful quirks and interesting names, who solve unusual crimes which require a delicate touch in Malmo Sweden. Throw in some gentle humour and a few plots twists. What’s not to love? 4 Star Review
‘The right balance of humour, character development , plot, and a bit of philosophy on life… a delightful read’ 5 Star Review
‘Ulf Varg does not disappoint in this instalment. So glad he is moving on with his life too’ 5 Star Review
‘Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith has taken the noir out Swedish crime fiction in his latest series starring the warm-hearted detective Ulf Varg’
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