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The Viper (Fredrik Broman #4)

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  247 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Arvid Traneus returns to Sweden following a lengthy assignment in Tokyo. He is a consultant for a major company, a sort of modern day-warrior in the service of the global economy. He is successful, but also ruthless, some would say brutal.
He returns home to his estate in Levide on the island of Gotland where his wife is waiting for him. Or where he thinks she'll be waiting
ebook, 368 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published 2006)
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Richard Derus
New review lives at my blog for a week or so! Scandicrime THE VIPER

This book has a handsome jacket, is a lovely translation from Swedish by Per Carlsson, so much so that this, book 4 in a series, gaffed me through the gills! Minotaur Books how could you unleash such a killer of ingrained habits upon me? And thanks.
Jul 27, 2012 Libby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you see 'Swedish' and 'crime' and expect this book to be like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, then you're in for a surprise. This is very much a police procedural, set on a small island and centered around a troubled family.

I mostly enjoyed the book. There were some fun twists and turns, as any good murder mystery should have. The author has a way with words, setting scenes very vividly. The translation was also very good, except for a few lines of dialog that were very stilted -- though tha
Jun 21, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
I was so fortunate to win a copy of "The Viper" by Hakan Ostlundh, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest.What an amazing novel.I couldn't put this book down.It reminded me when I read The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler, which I loved.The Viper is a true crime novel.

As the story began, detective Fredrik Broman was helicoptered in to the emergency room with a severe head injury. Through the course of the story, the action moves back to Broman's hospital room where we see his recovery process and the s
Orphic {Ally}
*Goodreads FirstReads Giveaway Winner*

True Rating: 3.5 stars

For those interested and deem themselves crime fiction enthusiasts, this book is for you.

The Viper begins with the main character -- the detective assigned to the gruesome double-murder in a farmhouse in Gotland, Sweden -- Fredrik Broman, being flown into a hospital by helicopter.
Following this, Hakan Ostlundh leads us to a series of people all implicated in the murders in some way, allowing us a special and peculiar introspection into
This significant novel tells of a double homicide. Arvid Traneus is a ruthless, arrogant businessman who returns to Sweden after an assignment in Tokyo. He had been gone for a number of years.

Shortly after his return, the maid finds the bodies of a man and woman in the Tranus home. The woman had been stabbed but the man was badly mutilated. The police had trouble identifying him and assumed it was Arvid.

The action takes place in the island of Gotland, sixty miles off the southeastern coast of Sw
Dec 20, 2012 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's at best a moderately interesting murder mystery, certainly not one which engages and holds the reader's attention. He signals the ending very early, so it's just a matter of seeing how he plans to keep our interest for the next 200 pages or so. The story telling is tedious, and the story itself is not particularly interesting. The detective work is not engaging or revelatory. The interaction between characters is at best prosaic and dull, which may or may not be attributable to the weakness ...more
Sep 22, 2015 Shari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mystery with a large, large cast. Complicated and convoluted. We meet the cast of characters first and are led through several artful deceptions, clues piling up and characters looking guilty, only to be given other trails to follow and other dead ends.

I had, at times, some misgivings about the translator and then decided that there were times when the editing fell apart. A shame, because the story is compelling and I had to work out my frustrations with the editing and clunky translation that
Diane S ☔
I liked this book even though every book that comes out of Sweden is being compared to Steig Larson. Actually the only resemblance is another dysfunctional family, and we all know there are several novels with this as a basis. Pacing was a little slow in parts but I did enjoy the story. Look forward to reading more of this series. Actually I think this is the fourth in the series, now have to go and see if the other three have been translated in the US.
So confusing at first. It's one of those books where everything comes together in the end. Good book though; interesting.
Sep 06, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darkly complex. I bought this book and found it well worth the price and the time spent reading it. Well-crafted.
Jun 11, 2012 Yy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Hope to read it soon. Thanks.
Jun 11, 2012 Silly marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from First Reads. Looks like a good book. Thank you.
Jan 11, 2014 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The crime writing Swedes are alive and well in Hakan Ostlundh’s new book The Viper

In this book, we are introduced to a family in crisis. The father Arvid Traneus is a hard and controlling man working and living in Tokyo while his estranged family waits for him on a tiny and isolated island in Sweden that they call home.
Arvid's longtime job is finally done and as he bids his girlfriend goodbye and flies home for the last time from Tokyo to return to his family, He wonders what life will be like
Feb 04, 2013 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
PROTAGONIST: Fredrik Broman
SERIES: #4 of 4
RATING: 3.75

To say that the Traneus family of Gotland, Sweden, is dysfunctional is an understatement. The patriarch of the family, Arvid, is a business consultant who has spent a large part of the last ten years in Tokyo, where he has lived life much as a single man might. He is about to return home permanently which has thrown his wife, Kristina, into a tailspin. In addition to the fact that Arvid is nasty and abusive, she has been having
**Book provided free of charge through First Reads program**

I was actually very impressed with how well this book held my attention. I have gotten a little burnt out on the recent influx of crime novels, especially from Swedish authors, as there seem to be a large number of them since The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo made its American appearance. This being the only other novel from that region that I have been exposed to, I don't have any other comparisons. While I had semi-guessed
Sep 05, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was engaging from the very first page. I was left guessing right up to the very end! Some books in the crime/suspense genre leave a bitter taste in your mouth when you finish, but this one did not.
I was intrigued from page one because right off the bat one of the main characters is in the hospital in a semi-coma. Fredrik is lying there & his detective partner is talking to him while his wife looks on. Then suddenly they are in the middle of the investigation into a billionaire's de
Ingrid Verschelling
Apr 11, 2013 Ingrid Verschelling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, scandie, thriller
De vrouw die wilde afrekenen is het vierde boek van Hakan Östlundh over inspecteur Fredrik Broman. Het boek werd in 2008 genomineerd voor beste misdaadroman van Zweden.

Het verhaal begint met Fredrik Broman, die bewusteloos door een helikopter van Gotland naar het vaste land wordt vervoerd. Je gaat je afvragen, wat er eigenlijk gebeurd is met Broman. Overleeft hij het wel? Ik ken Broman al uit zijn eerdere boeken en het is toch net of je zo iemand kent.

Dan gaat het verhaal twee weken terug in de
Carol  MacInnis
Jul 12, 2012 Carol MacInnis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
After ten years of working in Tokyo as a Business Consultant, Arvid Traneus phones his wife, Kristina to advise her of his return home to Sweden. Kristina advises their two grown children, Elin and Rickard of their father's impending return and plan on all four to meet for dinner. Elin travels from her home in Stockholm to meet up with her brother and stay at his place until they meet up with their parents. Several days after Arvid's return, two bodies are discovered by the Traneus maid. Since t ...more
Alexandrea Hills
Jan 10, 2013 Alexandrea Hills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads giveaways.

I really enjoyed the crime/mystery storyline. I think that it was very well thought out and told. Although I guess some of what happened, I did not guess it all which I really liked. I would of preferred some parts to go a bit faster and I would of liked the ending a bit more drawn out. I think that it was told quite quick. There is still parts that I want to know more about like how Fredrik ended up and I wanted to know more about Stefina. I real
Diane C.
Jun 04, 2014 Diane C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather formulaic typical Swedish violent mystery............sick dysfunction of well to do repressed family. Excellent for it's genre and I'd recommend reading.

Wealthy Arvid Traneus returns home to his wife and grown children, from years in Japan putting together dodgy business deals for a huge corporation. A few days later a man and woman are brutally murdered in his livingroom and the family secrets begin to emerge.
Sep 10, 2012 Doreene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is yet another Scandinavian author that I've enjoyed very much. This book is set on the island of Gotland. A wealthy man returns home after working in Japan for the last ten years. A few days after his return his wife is found murdered in their home along with the body of a man. The local detectives are called in and their first job is to identify the man's body. Once that is done they begin to look for the killer. There are no obvious suspects. Frederik Borman and his team track down many ...more
Heather Fineisen
Not all Scandinavian thrillers are created equally. This one has a strong premise but doesn't quite deliver in some areas, which are seemingly due to the translation. At times, I felt like I had been shaken awake by a rogue sentence, only to go back a few pages and attempt coherence. This was almost always the case when there was no segue for some sex scenes--one minute a woman is leaving her garage to get in her car and the next she is wondering if she should go back in an touch herself? The sc ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Kelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
ARC Received courtesy of Giveaway

I was happy to win "The Viper" because it is an English translation of a Swedish crime novel. I loved "The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo" series and wondered how this would compare. There is really no comparison because the stories are so different but "The Viper" won out for me! The story was riveting from the very first sentence! Every time I had to put it down, I was thinking about who could have committed the crimes. The characters were vivid and b
Dec 20, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A complex mystery, kind of heavy on the procedural part. This book is mid-series, so that may be why there was less emphasis on the characters. The translation was a little clunky in parts, but if you like crime this is worth checking out.
Underwhelming. Story had too many side plots that did not seem to be resolved well.

The "outing" of the killer and his story were under played. The person had a truly wonderful story to bear that should have been filled out more.
Ann Tonks
A good police procedural with a range of well crafted characters. The start was stronger than the middle or the end but regardless, a good read. Set in Gotland in Sweden, there is clear sense of place and social culture.
Oct 23, 2015 Gary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started out well, turned into a Soap Opera, in the middle, then deteriorated. An example of an incompetent police force making immediate assumptions and then, when proven incorrect, making another. Can't believe I managed to finish it.
Jul 18, 2013 Adna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you FirstReads for a copy of this book.

A short summary: Two people get brutally murdered in a small town. Time to find the murderer.

Ok I'm gonna admit it... this book stood on my "to read" shelf a little bit longer than I'd like to. It wasn't the most interesting and the most attention grabbing crime novel. At various parts it got a bit confusing character-wise (Fredrik, Rickard, Ricky, Elin, Sara, Christer, Gustav, Arvid, Kristina, Ninni, Jesper, ... who is who again?), and a bit boring;
Ok mystery thriller about two dead bodies found in a remote island town in Sweden. The woman is identified as the wife of the house and the isn't recognizable as her husband, a missing multimillionaire thought to run off to Japan to avoid legal prosecution. There is another man in the hospital with a head injury. The detective work goes on until the mystery is solved. The most curious aspect of the story is the lack of DNA testing, it isn't mentioned, and forensics in blood spatter. The story is ...more
Barbara Schweitzer
I love Swedish noir but this one was a very dull police procedural which I could not finish because I didn't care about the end result and I have a pile of hopefully better books to read.
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Östlundh was born in 1962 into an academic home in the university town of Uppsala, just north of Stockholm. He grew up in Stockholm where he still lives.

Since both his parents were politically active, Östlundh's youth was influenced by the Social Democratic party and the labour movement, but after an initial stint working for the movement's news agency he went his own way.

He studied comparative li
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