The Strange Case of the Moderate Extremists

The Strange Case of the Moderate Extremists

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Detective Ulf Varg from the Department of Sensitive Crimes is often called upon to investigate unusual matters. But rarely is he asked to conduct an inquiry on behalf of his own family. Is such a thing ethical? Adding to Ulf’s moral discomfort is the fact that he does not exactly see eye to eye with his younger brother Bjorn—a leading player in one of Sweden’s right-wing parties, the Moderate Extremists. Still, family is family, so Ulf finds himself working to uncover the mole leaking secrets to a rival party, the Extreme Moderates. All of this in addition to his responsibilities to the Department, which include investigating a case of cat-related sabotage. As always, it’s up to Ulf to close the case . . . even if he encounters unexpected resistance from the victims themselves.
From literary master McCall Smith, this is a bewitching short foray, witty and warm, into Scandinavian mystery.
A Vintage Short original. An ebook short.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984898524
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: A Vintage Short
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 90
Sales rank: 7,061
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels and a number of other series and stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been best sellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

Place of Birth:


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The Strange Case of the Moderate Extremists 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
apeape 11 days ago
This novella is a prelude to McCall Smith's new Detective Varg series, meant to set the flavor I'm guessing. Detective Varg and his colleagues work in the Department of Sensitive Crimes, those odd transgressions that can be difficult to deal with because of how strange they are- in this case, who sabotaged a prize-winning show cat? I've not read anything by McCall Smith previously, so I'm not sure of his usual style, but this was a very gentle mystery, as much or more about Detective Varg's life and family troubles as about solving the mysteries. The narrative meanders a bit, but that's not necessarily a bad thing; it allows us to get to know the characters a bit better. The story serves as a good introduction to the series, I think- it leaves you feeling there's more and bigger things to come, and sets the tone of light on action/big on character study. Good for when you want something light and cozy. #TheStrangeCaseOfTheModerateExtremists #NetGalley
Anonymous 9 months ago
Anonymous 10 months ago
Not for me
Anonymous 11 months ago
Like everything he writes.