Malin Persson Giolito translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Beyond All Reasonable Doubt

A Novel

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Publication Date: Jun 04, 2019

452 pp


From the award-winning author of Quicksand, a gripping legal thriller that follows one woman’s conflicted efforts to overturn what may be a wrongful conviction.

I’m giving you a chance to achieve every lawyer’s dream, said Sophia Weber’s old professor. Freeing an innocent man.

Thirteen years ago, a fifteen-year-old girl was murdered. Doctor Stig Ahlin was sentenced to life in prison. But no one has forgotten the brutal crime. Ahlin is known as one of the most ruthless criminals.

When Sophia Weber discovers critical flaws in the murder investigation, she decides to help Ahlin. But Sophia’s doing her utmost to get her client exonerated arouses many people’s disgust. And the more she learns, the more difficult her job becomes. What kind of man is her client really? What has he done? And will she ever know the truth?



Excerpt from Beyond All Reasonable Doubt

“And it’s a petition for a new trial. My God, Hans. Those are hopeless. You know it as well as I do. We might as well launch a campaign to get Stig Ahlin the Nobel Peace Prize. Our chance of succeeding would be about the same.”

Hans Segerstad was no longer looking at her. He was digging through his bag. Music floated over from the bar. The dinner guests had begun to stir. He started by handing her a plastic folder of photographs.

“I didn’t have the energy to scan these.”

Sophia accepted the folder. Then Hans fished out two thumb drives. She took those too.

“Take this home, read it, and call me when you’re done. You have to take this case. He needs help. Once you look at the material you’ll agree. The preliminary investigation was substandard, the indictment was ill-founded, and with a single exception the chain of evidence was horribly weak. He never should have been convicted. But it’s going to take time and money to do anything about it. Naturally I have no problem finding a different attorney for Stig Ahlin. Most of your colleagues would piss themselves with excitement if they got the chance to be seen in this context. But I’m asking you.”

Then he sat up straight and looked Sophia in the eyes. She felt all her follow-up questions vanish.


“As a top lawyer, Malin Persson Giolito knows the law. And as a brilliant author, she knows how to write a dark, incredibly suspenseful, and unputdownable novel!” —Helene Tursten, author of Detective Inspector Huss

Praise for Quicksand:

“This is the evolution of Scandinavian crime, in more ways than one.” —Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove

“A remarkable new novel…[Giolito] writes with exceptional skill…[Quicksand is] always smart and engrossing…Giolito keeps us guessing a long time and the outcome, when it arrives, is just as it should be.” —Washington Post

“[Quicksand] provides a razor-sharp view of modern Sweden and its criminal justice system, yet is a tonic for readers who have had enough of the brooding, often-bloody ‘Scandi-crime’ that has been so popular in recent years.” —NPR, Best Books of 2017