This isn't one of my favorites from the Martin Beck series but it is still pretty darned good. Pacing was a bit off in this one for my taste, but you still have the great characterizations and that wonderful sense of place that has made these Scandinavian detective stories such a big hit. If you like Wallander (Mankell) or Blomqvist (Stieg Larsson: sp?), can't go wrong with their granddaddy, Martin Beck.
Terrific book. Narration doesn't do the book justice, but you eventually get used to it.
The book doesn't agree with many of my priors (beliefs, assumptions, etc.) about the world but I found the arguments pretty insightful and compelling. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the author (and he is as committed a Darwinist as they come), it is well worth the read even though I found it's implications to be somewhat depressing. I would have liked to think that elephants, trees, humans, etc. are more than just an efficient mechanism to propagate elephant, tree, and human DNA.
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