Cancer, Treblinka, Love, Fuck, DeathVery entertaining and deftly-plotted novel. Erik (14) and his school friend Edmund spend the 1962 Swedish summer holiday in a wooden, lake-side summerhouse, swimming, rowing, smoking and daydreaming about their teacher Ewa, who has a striking resemblance with movie star Kim Novak. One day Ewa turns up at a village festival nearby with her fiancé. Soon after, something terrible happens, as announced from page 1 onward, hanging as a dark cloud and cliffhanger, over the next 100 pages, an event marking the lives of a limited number of people for life, including a police investigator.Hakan Nesser brilliantly describes in laconic terms and dialogues the curious, sometimes cruel mindsets of 14-year old boys, their uncertainties and fears, their daring, posturing and cynicism, and their residual ignorance: Erik struggles with questions he won’t ask his friends or parents (who commune in proverbs and homilies; besides, his mum is terminally ill). What is the meaning of Treblinka- Cancer-Love-Fuck-Death, words Erik invokes when close to tears?However, Nesser follows Erik until he is 49, so it is not a "How to Survive as a Boy at 14"-book after all. Its surprise ending may not be to everyone’s liking, but confirms the author’s plotting skills.Every reading father will recognize himself in Erik & friends’ exploits and will love this book. I found it enjoyable.