The best mystery I've read since I read the "Daughter of Time" by Josephine Tey. The books are at opposite corners of the genre but...moreUnbelievable read.
The best mystery I've read since I read the "Daughter of Time" by Josephine Tey. The books are at opposite corners of the genre but leave the reader with so much to digest. Books that reel one in to read them over and over.
Mikael Blomkvist opens the book as a journalist found guilty of libel. He is a publisher and writer for a respected Swedish paper. He is soon approached by a wealthy local industrialist to utilize his journalistic skills to search for the truth into the disappearance of his niece, Harriet Vanger.
Lisbeth Salander, a 90-lb or so, anorexic looking goth looking girl, appears on scene first as the investigator looking into Mikael for Mr. Vanger. She is a person under guardianship and initially doing well. She is then transferred to another's care who abuses her. She soon uses her superior hacking and other electronic skills to return the favor.
Their search opens up the books on a wealthy family's innermost and ugliest secrets. Unexpected, graphic and super disturbing prose.(less)
Disappointed in the outcome after the great beginning.
I understand that domestic abuse was not recognized and addressed until recently. The book, did,...moreDisappointed in the outcome after the great beginning.
I understand that domestic abuse was not recognized and addressed until recently. The book, did, however, deal with the matter well. The psychological breakdown that occurs when someone is limited in their options.(less)
The most haunting,pun unintended, and personal of the Inspector Erlundur novels.
Business: A call to a vacation home finds a probable suicide - Maria -...moreThe most haunting,pun unintended, and personal of the Inspector Erlundur novels.
Business: A call to a vacation home finds a probable suicide - Maria - found by her best friend. Erlundur, at the urging of her bf, continues to probe after the death is deemed a suicide and finds something much more sinister.
His investigation finds him solving two 20-year cold cases - disappearances.
Personal: (a) His daughter Eva Lind, attempts to reconcile him with his ex wife. Eva's determination finds him coming to acknowledge that he should not have married in the first place.
(b) He continues to attempt to deal with the disappearance of his younger brother in a freak snowstorm when he himself was only 10. He almost died, buried under snow, from hypothermia.
The pace of the book is very slow and steady and consistent. The climax is horrifying in its utter lack of disregard not only for another person, but one in a very close relationship.
The 7th outing of Harry Hole starts out well. Murder squad is bored due to lack of work. Harry becomes involved with missing persons request. Several...moreThe 7th outing of Harry Hole starts out well. Murder squad is bored due to lack of work. Harry becomes involved with missing persons request. Several women, married with a child/children have disappeared. As they're not usually a demographic that disappears, it presents an interesting puzzle for Harry.
Soon, one of the missing is found and the search for the killer, aka Snowman, begins. The killer is so dubbed as the victim is taken on the first snow day.
Into the mix is presented Katrine Bratt, a transfer from Bergen.
The book unfolds well as Harry deals with Rakel moving on to a new relationship. Mathias, an ER doctor, is a well-rounded & caring partner. Oleg, her son, continues his relationship with Harry.
About 2/3 of the way in, the book starts to veer off-course. It detours multiple times with the unveiling of the killer only to find out that such is not the case. This occurs twice; the 3rd incidence is the most dramatic and drawn out.
The true unveiling of the killer at the end was a let down. My initial take on him was found to bear out but the misdirection resulted in my not really being invested anymore in the ending.
Harry continues to work on handling the death of Ellen Gjelten, a police officer, with whom he would bounce off ideas.
Harry is back at PAS (leaving th...moreHarry continues to work on handling the death of Ellen Gjelten, a police officer, with whom he would bounce off ideas.
Harry is back at PAS (leaving the POT, the Security Service) working with Bjarne Moller. He is assigned to assist Rune Ivarsson as he investigates a murder committed in the line of an otherwise perfect robbery. They investigate an imprisoned former robber Raskol (who ties in with the other plot line).
Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Rakel and her son Oleg, are in Moscow to resolve the custody of Oleg. Her ex-husband is a well-placed academic suing for custody.
His life is made more complicated with the re-appearance of his ex-gf Anna Bethsen who turns up dead and assigned to Tom Waaler who tries to hang Harry for his presence there.
The resolution of Anna's death and the robbery victim are protracted and a little over the top.(less)
**spoiler alert** Roger Brown Clas Greve Diane Brown
Executive headhunter Roger Brown uses FBI interrogation techniques when interviewing and vetting can...more**spoiler alert** Roger Brown Clas Greve Diane Brown
Executive headhunter Roger Brown uses FBI interrogation techniques when interviewing and vetting candidates for prospective clients. He finds himself headhunted when he meets Clas Greve at an event at his wife Diane's art gallery *Gallery E*. During the event, he tells Roger that he has a Rubens, "The Calydonian Boar Hunt"
Roger Brown is not just a very successful headhunter but part-time art thief so that he can continue to keep his wife, her gallery and their life going. The Rubens would be the means to fund their life for the foreseeable future.
He sees Clas as a perfect candidate for a CEO of Pathfinder (PF), a Norwegian tech firm. Greve was CEO of a Dutch tech firm just bought out by an American firm. He is in Oslo to take possession of his grandmother's apt & coordinate necessary renovations. Roger thinks he's persuaded Clas to present himself as "the candidate" for CEO of PF.
During the robbery of Greve's apt, he finds that he's been outmaneuvered as he hears his wife's phone ringing. With this knowledge, he scrutinizes Greve evermore during the initial interview with Pathfinder. Ultimately, he sees inconsistencies and informs his wife and Pathfinder that he does not see him as the candidate.
The decision has far reaching consequences. Greve, a veteran of the Dutch Royal Marine & BBE (counter-terrorism unit)& finally TRACK, is on the hunt for Roger. The decision impedes his mission plan: his company's buyout was predicated on him also delivering Pathfinder to them. His money from the sale is frozen until their takeover of PF was completed.
Soon after, he finds his art-stealing partner Ove Kjikerud dead in his car in his garage. It was meant for him and his wife planted it.
I have only one issue: the ending is vague. I was not truly certain that Annie Holland, the 15yr found dead after pol...moreThe book was excellently written.
I have only one issue: the ending is vague. I was not truly certain that Annie Holland, the 15yr found dead after police search work a missing persons report for 6yr Ragnhild. The arrest of the suspected murderer after his attempt on the life of her boyfriend, Halvor (found beat up in his home) does not truly lay to rest how and why or to me if he really killed her.
Inspector Sejer and Jacob Skarre, his partner, are well presented and yet do not overwhelm the story with their personalities.(less)
Errki Johrma has escaped from the local asylum seekers into the woods and meets Halldis Horn.. An older woman living on her own since husband died sev...moreErrki Johrma has escaped from the local asylum seekers into the woods and meets Halldis Horn.. An older woman living on her own since husband died several years ago.
They are both known to a boy from the local boys home, Guttebakken, named Kannick Snellingen. (less)
**spoiler alert** Victim: Ida Joner, days short of her 10th birthday.
Cause of death: blunt force trauma to abdomen; cracking many of her ribs.
Killer:...more**spoiler alert** Victim: Ida Joner, days short of her 10th birthday.
Cause of death: blunt force trauma to abdomen; cracking many of her ribs.
Killer: Her own cousin, 18-year old Tomme. Vehicular manslaughter.
Ida went off on her new yellow bike one September night for a magazine and candy and never returned. Days later she is found wrapped in an Ikea down comforter and dressed in a new nightgown.
Caught in the cross-fire, Elsa Mork and Emil Mork, her 50+ year old son. Emil does not speak much and was never properly evaluated as to his condition since he refused to participate in the tests. Elsa finds Ida in his home, in his bed. She purchases a new nightgown, wraps her in the Ikea comforter, and lays her out to be found.
Karin Fossum writes so well it's deceiving. She is able to present characters in all their warts and virtues equally and naturally. There is nothing forced in their characteristics and actions. All the characters are easily identifiable and relate-able.
I thought "When the Devil Holds the Candle" was creepy but the character of Tomme is more so. How could he not help his cousin Ida? Instead he phones his friend Willy: they cover the dent by crashing the car into a stone railing. He cries at night and yet speaks to no one, prolonging everyone's agony. Finally, could Ida have been saved? It seems entirely possible and yet it is one thing not explicitly written.
And finally, Tomme and Willy. What happened on the ferry back from Denmark? What happened to Willy? The final page notes a body is soon due to hit land. Is it Willy? Was it Tomme again as he was last to see him on the ship.(less)