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A woman is discovered hanged in a hotel room in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her parents are bereft and unable to explain the puzzling contents of the note she left behind. But Chief Inspector Erik Winter wonders whether the family is holding back some secret that might help identify the murderer.
Meanwhile, Winter recalls that one of his first cases as a young detective concerned a young woman who disappeared—from the same room in the same hotel. That case was never solved. As he investigates the murder and re-examines the old police report, he becomes convinced that the missing woman was also murdered—possibly by the same person who committed the recent murder. But tracking down this killer could cost Winter his life.
Room No. 10 is a dramatic, first-rate police procedural, infused with the cruelly beautiful seaside atmosphere of Gothenburg, a city that is as much a character in the novel as any human.