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The Butterfly Effect (Igi Heitmann #1)

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"It is a cold, dark, windy night in Oslo, and Igi Heitmann pores over the debris in her dead father's office, trying to piece together the last days of his life as a failed private eye. She discovers a curious butterfly medallion in his desk - which in turn leads to the discovery of a young woman, Siv Underland, in a snow-drift, two bullets in her head and a gun in her han ...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published 1997 by The Harvill Press
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Adri
I read it in English. Quite a solid translation although there were places where the language did not flow nicely.

Interesting plot although there are some unresolved matters at the end - almost as if the author ran out of steam. Or maybe they were merely red herrings.

Quite difficult to follow a story when one is not familiar with the 'landscape' and it becomes cumbersome to constantly go back to the maps in the front.

One also deals with a different culture, which is interesting. The story moves
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Helen
Enjoyed this (probably a 3.5 really). I had read "The golden section" first which was probably a mistake as this one does explain the background a bit better, and the story precedes it. Igi is a psychologist who while not officially being a PI seems to have taken the role on following her father's death (her father having been a policeman and then a PI). Igi's marriage is unconventional (husband Benny is less evident in this novel than in its sequel) and she inhabits the fringes of a dangerous w ...more
Malcolm
It was not uncommon in the late 1980s and 1990s for writers to use ideas derived from chaos theory in fiction and in sociological investigations – and that was an important and pleasing development away from some of the more mystical notions emerging from physics and mathematics that had been used before then. I haven’t read any of those works for quite some time (although from time to time find myself going back to Ian Stewart’s excellent book about the mathematics of chaos, Does God Play Dice. ...more
M M
The Butterfly Effect propagates the usual misunderstanding about chaos theory, flapping wings and hurricanes. In this story set in a such a small dull town in Norway that living there must be like death, a girl’s body is found in the snow, riddled with bullets. The narrator, a sparky woman, determines that the dead girl had been her father’s last client; her father was a detective who had recently died in an accident. She is keen to find out if the deaths are in any way connected, and in the cou ...more
Sharon
I can't help but wonder if Pernille Rygg's Norwegian novel 'The Butterfly Effect' seemed a bit jumbled to me because I had just finished the Swedish novel 'The Hypnotist' by Lars Kepler and both involve psychologist's and police. With the Butterfly Effect I felt I had to keep going back to double check which character was which, and who was who's mother or father etc. Despite this I still liked it better than The Hypnotist and will consider reading No.2 in the series and see how the story contin ...more
Morwen
Der Klappentext preist dieses Buch als würdigen Nachfolger von Hoegs "Fräulein Smillas Gespür für Schnee", das hätte mich misstrauisch machen sollen. Keine Frage, die Autorin will hoch hinaus: Chaostheorie, Kritik an der klinischen Psychologie, skrupellose Immobilienhaie, Drogen, ein Sektenguru, Kindesmissbrauch, die Schwulenszene - alles vor dem Hintergrund des norwegischen Winters. Das ganze in einem Krimidebut, noch dazu in der ersten Person Präsens geschrieben.
Irgendwann hatte ich auch etwas
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Leslie
An intelligent Scandinavian take on a mystery novel, with dollops of chaos theory and complex systems thrown in. The translation is clear and readable, and the author has a good sense of the complexity of human behaviour and our ability to live with contradictions and cognitive dissonance.
Sae-chan
I think this is the first nordic novel I read. I quite like it, although sometimes I found myself get lost of what happened and had to re-read some pages back. Well, maybe that's only me. I come to like the name Yngve. Sounds dark and mysterious. Again, I believe it's only me.
Betty
This was quite disappointing. The prose was 'clunky'- not sure if that is the fault of the translator. It was interesting to read a novel set in Oslo- but I didn't really find the main character convincing.
Fenixbird SandS
Dec 21, 2007 Fenixbird SandS marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science fiction
When I recently read a review of "A Sound of Thunder," Ray Bradbury's short story-into-movie...the terminaology for the "time warp" created the term "butterfly effect".....
Alexis Debary
Mysterious and captivating prose with uplifting spells of Skandinavian humour.
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