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The Killing (The Killing #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  844 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Who killed Nanna Birk Larsen? Through the dark wood where the dead trees give no shelter Nanna Birk Larsen runs.... There is a bright monocular eye that follows, like a hunter after a wounded deer. It moves in a slow approaching zigzag, marching through the Pineseskoven wasteland, through the Pentecost Forest. The chill water, the fear, his presence not so far away... Ther ...more
Published June 18th 2012 by Macmillan Digital Audio (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jen Talty
This book has been added to my "all time favorite books EVER!" Words cannot express how I loved this book. The writing is seemless, but that is besides the poing. The characters are absolutely amazing. I found myself unable to put this book down and I find myself wanting to read it again and again. By far the best book I've ever read.

I really don't want to get into details about the story. Its one of those books that you're just going to have to trust me that it is a must read.

To those expectin
One word for this book - wow. I have eye strain from not being able to put it down. It's absolutely brilliant. I have never seem the TV show,only heard that its excellent, so I went into this with an open mind, but I was literally blown away by the pace of it; the tension never lets up.

Sarah Lund and Jan Meyer are investigating the brutal rape and murder of Nanna Birk Larsen and the murder seems to be connected to the City Hall. No one seems to care about her death; the only thing everyone is c
As a fan of the tv show, I had quite a squeeeee moment when I discovered the existence of this book. Hewson seems to have captured the essence of the show and the characters and I could picture the scenes I'd seen as I was reading them. But, the reason why this does not get 5 stars is because of the changes Hewson made to the ending. I can't understand why he was allowed to do this and what purpose it served.
Dreadful. Apparently the TV series was great (I haven't seen it), but in book format it is frustratingly long and boring. I got fed up with Lund's investigations that went nowhere and the twists were just silly and unbeliveable. I wasn't keen on the writing style either and continual mention of scarlet/red overalls!
Adam Stone
The Killing is a novelisation of the fantastic 20 hour Danish television crime drama which hit British screens in 2011. It manages to condense the entire series with all of the twists and turns, and red herrings, in the storyline into a 720 page novel, which keeps you guessing and thinking that you know who the killer is only to have the rug pulled out from under you only pages later.

The only major deviation from the TV series to this novel is that the ending is slightly different which gives a
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I was really quite disappointed with this. There was nothing wrong with the writing per se, but I guess that just in the way a film adaptation of a book can never be as good as the book, this book adaptation of a screenplay never quite hits the mark.

Weighing in at more than twenty five hours the story is bloated and overlong. This is presumably to accommodate the twists, false starts and dead ends in the plot line, but I ended up feeling cheated and fr
Steven Stennett
I have never read a book written from a TV series then turned into a book. Initially it dose not make sense. 'The book usually being better than the film!'

This is an exception to the rule! The plot twists and turns relentlessly, and I can see how the TV series was plotted and paced through the chapters.

The tiny problem I found with this, was that I could judge that they had no found the murderer, even though an arrest had been made, because I could see that I still had say four pages a head of
Robin Webster
‘The Killing’ is yet another high quality Scandinavian crime novel with a strong and interesting female character: namely Sarah Lund, a detective in the Copenhagen Police department. It’s Sarah Lund last day in the Danish police force. She is about to move to Sweden with her son to start a new life with her partner. All that changes when a 19 year old girl is found raped and murdered. Her replacement, Jan Meyer has not got her experience when it comes to this type of investigation, so she is ask ...more
Ancestral Gael
Why did I read it? I have been on a Scandi-Nordic fiction kick since midwinter 2011, and I heard the television drama series was good, but I couldn't afford to purchase the DVD; so I snapped up a preview copy from Amazon, but found it already released in audio format and downloaded it instead.

What's it about? Detective Inspector Sarah Lund is leaving her job with the Danish police and moving to Sweden with her fiancé and Son, but on the last day a teenage girl goes missing. Nanna Birk Larsen is
Elizabeth Moffat
Three and a half stars from me... I normally like to read books before I watch the television/film adaptation but with this book funnily enough the TV series came first. This was originally a Danish drama, written by Soren Sveistrop and when released over in the UK, it became somewhat of a cult phenomenon, winning a BAFTA and an International Emmy and considerable critical acclaim. Our main character, police detective Sarah Lund is leaving her job in the Copenhagen Police Department to move to S ...more
Katharina Renn
as Buch „Das Verbechen“ lehnt nah an die gleichnamige Fernsehserie an, die wohl im ZDF lief. Ich kenne die Serie nicht und kann daher nichts dazu sagen, wie eng sich Buch an drehbuch hält und ob es für Fans der Serie geeignet ist.

Sarah Lund, Ende 30, Mutter eines Sohnes, ist Vicekommissaer in Kopenhagen und sollte eigentlich ihren letzten Arbeitstag haben, damit sie mit ihrem Sohn und ihrem Freund Bengt nach Schweden ziehen kann. Doch leider wird daraus ersteinmal nichts, denn Lund wird gebeten,
I did not watch any of the killing TV series. I must admit I for one prefer to read than watch any Tv. So when I found out that the killing was made into a book I could not wait read it. I love reading crime books. I found the killing book very intersting I was glued to the book. I got on fine with all the names throughout the story. However the killing book did take me quite a while to read all 708 pages. I would say that 708 pages for a crime book is a bit too long. I would of liked to of seen ...more
Even though this is a long audiobook, running 25 hrs, 39 mins, both the story and Christian Rodska's excellent narration kept me rivated. I actually did listen to this as well as reading the hardcover book, though for the final few chapters this morning I did just read the book.

It did take me a little while to get used to English accents on Danish characters but watching 'Zen' recently it struck me that on a TV-show with UK actors even if based in another country I wouldn't find it strange. In t
First of all, let me make it clear that I have NOT seen the TV series. Apparently it was very good, but I am nog a big fan of crime series on TV.
However, I read some good reviews of the book (which was based on the TV series, not the other way round) and was in the mood for a good thriller.
I can't say I was disappointed, because it is well written, but as the story unfolds, the twists and turns of the plot become so weird and unbelievable (so many suspects, so little time), that it left me uns
Ich vergebe 4,5 Sterne.

Die Fernsehserie kannte ich nicht und hätte nicht gedacht, dass sich eine solche dermaßen gut als Buch verarbeiten lässt. Der Kriminalfall ist sehr komplex, immer wieder ergeben sich neue Verdächtige und dann ist doch wieder nichts so wie es scheint; eine wahre Karusellfahrt für den Leser und für Kommissarin Lund. Jene ist als fiktive Ermittlerin ein äußerst gelungener und spannender Charakter - im wahren Leben würde sie mir als Mensch wohl eher auf die Nerven gehen.

Sorry! I didn't like it .toooo many twists. Ok we all know how politicians are. So many pages to prove the fact that although the crime had nothing to do with the elections , the politicians interfered and ruined the investigation to cover "spots on their reputation" . So if it wasn't the election period it would be easy to nail the murderer. Bla bla bla .... I m sure it was ok for a television crime mystery but it was a boring book. And oh!!! Although I usually do not find the murderer, on this ...more
Deirdre O'Flynn
I liked this book. And if you like Nordic fiction or Nordic TV drama, I suspect you’ll like it too.

There’s a starkness and spareness to both the writing and scenery in Nordic drama that is worlds away from the slickness we’ve come to expect from US TV drama – the high heels of The Good Wife (which I love) just look less polished on the streets of Copenhagen in Borgen. And, frankly, Lund wouldn’t be seen dead in high heels, which would so not go with her black and white and white and black range
Gemma Wright
Hewson has taken a beautiful, chilling television series and woven it into a beautiful, chilling novel. I've always wanted to climb inside Sarah Lund's head, see if I could figure out what makes her tick; her complexity intrigues me, as does her apparant disassociation with the rest of the human race. That's not to say that Lund believes herself to be above everybody else - she doesn't - but the book does shed a small amount of light on her character. I say "a small amount" because Lund is resid ...more
Just started reading The Killing by David Hewson via

Only a little way into this book but enjoying it so far. Going to be a long haul with over 25 hours listening time.

I am a big fan of the Nick Costa books - this one is not one of this series so will have to give it a chance.

2 thirds of the way through audio version and it is keeping me on the edge of my seat. For the moment I can only say watch out for those Civil Servants especially the ones in the Education Department!!
Heerlijk boek, helemaal mijn ding. Spannend, impact en niet kunnen weg leggen. Aanrader!
Great read, even though having seen the TV series I knew where this was going for the most part. Brilliantly real, complex characters and lots of twists to keep you engaged with the story, this didn't feel nearly as long as I'd expected. Knowing there was an alternative ending was added incentive to keep reading ('just one more chapter...'), and I actually thought it was pretty clever. Highly recommended.
Kenneth Fredette
This was good from the point of view that the bad guys got it in the end. Not necessarily by the cops who were on their trail but by the bad guys themselves. Sharon I really like the way it ended.
Rosa Macpherson
Thoroughly enjoyed this delicious, long, and exciting story line. I didn't see much of the TV series so the killer ( who was not the same person as TV anyway) still came as a surprise. You've got to be flexible though ; there are so many twists and turns here you have to stay on the ball. My problem is that much of the reading was at bedtime and it was , especially as we neared the denouement , difficult to keep up. The central character, Sarah Lund, of the famous jumpers, is an incredibly compl ...more
I normally steer clear of anything described as the "book of the film" or "of the TV series" as it normally means a second rate attempt at cashing in on a success by quickly producing a bleached, soulless rip off of the original. This is a wonderful exception! The book stands on its own as a gripping crime thriller with excellently observed characters and clever use of language.

The plot is of course the same and that's no disadvantage because the Danish TV series was so good, full of dead ends
By far, one of the best noir mysteries. I love Hewson's Nic Costa series, and this rewrite of a Danish TV series is top shelf. Hewson writes in a very spare style which suits his very unusual main character, Sarah Lund. She is obviously at the far, high functioning end of autism. She is singularly focused, intelligent and tenacious. And she is mostly oblivious to the emotional streams that surge around her. It is not at all that she doesn't care, it's just that the puzzle of the case is so much ...more
Syahira Sharif
I spent the entire Singapore trip reading this book. Crying in front of my family too. I've watched a quarter through the first season of Forbrydelsen and I've watched the entire first season of the AMC's The Killing and fortunately, I haven't spoil myself so the ending of this book really caught me off guard. This is by far the greatest novelization of a very lengthy tv series.

Of course, there were some moments I skip like the whole deal with Troels Hartmann until right near the end. I simply d
Sarah Lund is about to move to Sweden when a nineteen year old school girl is found drowned in the boot of a car that belongs to the mayoral campaign office of Troels Hartmann. Evidence suggests that the girl had been held somewhere over the weekend and repeatedly raped. The forced intersection of police and politics does not go well; the politicians are too quick to lie and cover up to protect Hartmann’s popularity rating and their position in the polls.
But Sarah Lund is no ordinary detective,
By David Hewson. Grade B+.
This happens to be my first hefty crime thriller.
Through the dark wood where the dead trees give no shelter Nanna Birk Larsen runs …
There is a bright monocular eye that follows, like a hunter after a wounded deer. It moves in a slow approaching zigzag, marching through the Pinseskoven wasteland, through the Pentecost Forest. The chill water, the fear, his presence not so far away …
There is one torchlight on her now, the single blazing eye. And it is here …
Sarah Lund is
Ein totes Mädchen und politische Intrigen in Kopenhagen
Die Bürgermeisterwahl in Kopenhagen steht bevor. Da passt es gar nicht, das kürzlich ein 19-jährige Schülerin tot aus dem Kanal gefischt wurde und ein Kandidat unter Verdacht gerät.

Kommissarin Sarah Lund war vor Ort, als Nanna Birk Larsen mit samt dem im Kanal versenkten Auto geborgen wurde. Das Nana’s Vater den Fund seiner Tochter miterleben musste, macht das Geschehene nicht gerade einfach zu ertragen.

Im Grunde genommen sollte es Sarah’s l
Jürgen Zeller
Vor ein paar Jahren habe ich meine Gewohnheiten umgestellt und bin vom eher passiven Fernsehzuschauer zum aktiven Leser geworden. Ich kenne die Fernsehserie die diesem Kriminalroman zu Grunde liegt nicht und konnte so ohne Vorurteile und unvorbelastet das Buch lesen, tüchtig miträtseln und die Spannung fühlen die von ihm ausgeht. Die Protagonisten und der Handlungsort Kopenhagen sehen dann halt auch so aus wie ich sie mir in meinem Kopf vorstelle.

Kommissarin Sarah Lund hat ihre letzten Arbeitsta
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DAVID HEWSON was born in Yorkshire in 1953. He has written sixteen novels, as well as several travel books. Until 2005 he was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times until becoming a full-time author. David lives in Kent but visits Italy frequently. All 11 of his Italian books are now in development as TV movies.

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