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Die Bärenkralle

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Mitten in Oslo werden innerhalb kürzester Zeit drei Frauen auf bestialische Weise ermordet. Kommissar Viken steht vor einem Rätsel, denn die schweren Verletzungen deuten auf den Angriff eines Bären hin. Doch wann hat man das letzte Mal von Bären in der Stadt Oslo gehört? Dann entdeckt der Kommissar, dass der beliebte Arzt Axel Glenne alle Toten kannte …
432 pages
Published 2011 by Knaur-Taschenbuch-Verl (first published January 1st 2007)
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Oct 28, 2015 Nigel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, the first of four books by Torkil Damhaug, had an intriguing and compelling start to me and I found the writing very atmospheric. The central character, Axel, is a medical doctor who is a twin. However it is a long time since anyone has seen his twin brother and it is clear very early on that there is a story to be revealed.

I did find many of the characters interesting and well fleshed out and I felt that the translator had done a very good job in this book. The "action" in the first half
Deborah Ideiosepius  omnivorous reader
Sadly, I just could not love this book, while Axel, our main character started out as an, interesting believable character, a doctor with a life that makes sense he then goes off the rails as murders occur around him, murders possibly linked to his estranged twin brother. I found nothing
convincing or believable about him going off the rails. He does random, idiotic things with insufficient character development to make them comprehensible. In fact, through the main part of the book it is rare t
Jan 13, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book intrigued me, GP Axel Glenne is implicated as a suspect in the disappearance and subsequent murder of a woman because of some link. Axel is convinced it's the doing of his long lost twin brother Brede, a man that no one knows about, no one has met and there is no proof that Brede even exists. Is it Brede? Does Brede exist? Is it Axel acting subconsciously?

Axel Glenne on the face of things is a happily married GP, beautiful wife, 3 interesting children, and seems dedicat
A forest near Oslo, Norway. In a short space of time three women vanish and their bodies are then found with injuries indicating they had been attacked by a bear. Inspector Viken and his police team look into the unusual deaths and they find out that these women are all connected to each other by way of local GP Axel Glenne. The police gather more evidence and are certain that Axel is the killer, but he is certain he is a victim of sabotage by his estranged and deranged twin brother Brede. The ...more
Elaine Tomasso
I have been wanting to read Medusa for a while as I am always interested in Scandinavian crime fiction. The protagonist is Axel Glenne, a doctor with a great home life but is enticed into an affair with his student, Miriam. Then a woman Axel talked to just before she disappeared is found dead, apparently from a bear attack. Axel becomes the police's prime suspect when it becomes known that he knew the second victim as well as the first. He suspects his "evil" twin brother, Brede, and the police ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Plum-crazy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good read from an author I hadn't heard of before & the format was a little strange as there's no quotation marks but hyphens indicating speech - I quite liked it for a change.

The basic premise is that the deaths of two women, apparently mauled by a bear, are believed by the police to have been committed by local Dr Axel Glenne. Axel in turn, belives the murders may have been committed by his twin brother...who his wife & children have never met. To me, it would have been better they h
Sharon Burgin
The plot twists were not what I expected. An interesting read, characters I couldn't really identify with or like though, so don't think I'll be reading other books by this author.
Really annoying translation - all dialogue was started with a hyphen, not quotation marks, and there was no mark of any kind when it finished... Figuring out who was speaking in a conversation, and precisely what they said detracted from the story.

This was a very boring story, I nearly gave up several times but persevered to find out who the killer was - that was a disappointment too.

The so-called profiling done in this book was a joke - no one profiles like that in the UK (where the guy suppose
Sep 01, 2016 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This jumped points of view far too often, especially at the start, which made it hard to get into. I didn't much like the writing style overall. I also had a big problem with the formatting: dialogue was written

- Like this, he said. And continues like this.

At first it was just annoying, but it ended up being confusing in some cases. I won't read any more by the author.
Jan 20, 2016 Christian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you like your crime with a side order of gruesome, then this is for you. The author did a fantastic job of leading me round the houses, and part five had me sat on tenter hooks the whole way through. Brilliant, can't wait to read more from this author
Ean Kewley
May 04, 2016 Ean Kewley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this was a good book. The character development was well done, the plot development was interesting and the pace was maintained throughout (in fact it sped up a bit towards the end). The one niggling factor (for me) was the use of hyphens rather than inverted commas for speech. Why?
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Apr 24, 2016 The Twins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved it, loved it, loved it! A new Nordic Noir author for me but already looking forward to reading all his other books!
Peter Howard
This was readable but I think it had a bit of a sloppy translation as not laid out very well. A sort of by the pool book much like lots of others of this type.
Dec 22, 2015 Gsc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding. Stays a step ahead all the way. The characters are more "real" than in many other crime thrillers. I'll be looking for other books by the same author!
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Torkil Damhaug (1958–) has a degree in medicine with a specialisation in psychiatry. His début novel, Flykt, måne (The Flight of the Moon) caused a great stir when it appeared in 1996. Syk Rose (Ailing Rose) was also well received by the critics. This year's novel is his fourth.
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