Two cars are involved in a head-on collision on a country road with no traffic. The collision is violent. Ten year-old Cecilia is catapulted through the windscreen and killed instantly.
Five years later, Detective Inspector Walter Grohn gets a perplexing case on his desk - one dead taxi driver and a killer who has no idea why he committed the crime. The first murder is followed by others, all equally as brutal and inexplicable. Together with his talented assistant, Jonna de Brugge, he untangles threads that lead into the very heart of the Swedish justice system.
©2010 David G. Evans (P)2011 Massolit Publishing AB
"Thrilling, complex and intense. Swedish crime fiction at its best." (Ian Samson)
Did something get lost during the translation from Swedish to English? I don't know, but you can tell there is a really good story here. It's just that large parts of the writing really let it down, at least in this English-language version.
Certainly the overly 'voice-over' narration didn't help. I made it through to the end of this first book in the trilogy, but it was hard going in places. Hard enough that I'm not tempted to come back for more.
"Sorry I bought it"
Not everything coming from the Nordic crime writers can be good and this book proves it. As I said in the title I was sorry I bought it. It goes under the mystery and crime header but could just as easily be science fiction. The plot is just ridiculous, and falls back on the stock villain, the mad scientist, having first tried the current favourite bogeyman, the Islamic terrorist. I am pretty sure this was first self published as a Kindle book although it now shows as available in paperback, but everything about it suggests self published.
"A smashing story a great listen."
This is a smashing listen, well translated and read by Alex Warner, a story that twists and turns and keeps you thinking.
Watch out though because some of this authors books are not translated.
"Narrated by a SatNav"
I'm not really sure if this was a good book with poor narration or a bad book and bad narration, either way the storyline was as if the author was making it up as he went along, I'm not sure how it ended, I only managed to struggle through the first part. As for the Narrator, there is a difference between reading words off a page and reading a story but perhaps the narrator was as bored as I was as he only used a monotone throughout and the gaps between one paragraph and the next were so long, I thought my battery had died on the MP3 player and checked it more than a few times!
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