The First Blood

The Inspector Svärta Thrillers, Book 2

by S. Cedric

In this captivating sequel, Eva Svärta and her partner Erwan Leroy are investigating a drug case when they find the burned body of a cocaine dealer. However, they discover that the case is more sordid than expected—someone cut off the victim’s tongue and tore out his heart, a ritual mimicking the punishment reserved for witches in the Middle Ages. But even worse, while looking for clues in the victim’s apartment, they discover the dead body of a newborn baby . . .

Eva discovers quickly that there are similar murders in other French towns. With the help of Inspector Vauvert, Eva tries to resolve this strange murder investigation linked to sorcery, black magic, the sacrifice of the first born in exchange for riches . . . and her own dark past.


Françoise Bourdin

Françoise Bourdin

Françoise Bourdin was born listening to opera. Her parents, both opera singers, helped her to develop an appreciation for strong characters and destinies, and for the music of words. As a teenager, she discovered horseback riding and it became her exclusive hobby. She dedicated her teens to this passion and to reading the works of classical authors that she discovered in her father’s huge library. Bourdin started to write short stories when she was very young. Her first novel was published by Editions Julliard when she was only twenty. Writing became the most important thing in her life and her second novel, two years later, was adapted for TV.


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