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(Fabian Risk #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,096 ratings  ·  228 reviews
De thriller 'Negen' van Stefan Ahnhem, het tweede deel in de serie rondom Fabian Risk, vertelt wat er in Stockholm is gebeurd in de weken voorafgaand aan kerst. H

Het politieonderzoek naar de gewelddadige dood van een politicus en de ontvoering van een diplomatenzoon, kost rechercheur Fabian Risk bijna zijn carrière. Het is het zwaarste onderzoek ooit voor Risk, waarbij
Paperback, 480 pages
Published 2015 by Ambo|Anthos
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Icaros I believe it is the murderer in the first book, Victim without a face. Since he is going to Helsingborg.…moreI believe it is the murderer in the first book, Victim without a face. Since he is going to Helsingborg. (less)
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This is a shocker of a story in this Nordic Noir follow up to Victim Without A Face, the Fabian Risk series. It begins with a letter that, against all the odds, reaches the recipient more than a year after its written. The repercussions set off a deadly and gruesome chain of events that unfold in the novel involving a enormous body count. The source of the story lies in the rogue actions of an Israeli doctor with diplomatic connections and his criminal activities. The Swedish Minister of ...more
Jennifer Nolan
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Lynda Kelly
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very good story by this author but I found it way more confusing than the first book. It still had these annoying errors throughout as well the same as the first book which again cost it 1 star. I find it so irritating they don't get picked up....
I did see a reviewer mentioning this was the prequel though it didn't read like that, unless I've forgotten stuff, so that left me a bit baffled, too.
There were some very funny little comments in this one that surprisingly translated across well
Louise McAuliffe
Average, far too long and narrative too confusing.

Absolutely loved Ahnhem's previous book Victim without a face, so went into this with great hope. Unfortunately the book is not very well written, its seriously too long, and more importantly the story is so ridiculous and convoluted that I found myself skim reading some of the later chapters as I was getting annoyed with the plot. Also have to point out that the main character of Fabian Risk was not likeable at all as in the last book. The way
Roman Clodia
This is a gruesome and fast-paced story with multiple strands and storylines divided up into very short chapters. Like other Scandi-crime the story tends to be a bit bloated and baggy, with lots of almost soap-opera storylines that feed through: a failing marriage, an unsuccessful partnership, sexual pursuits, a what-to-do-with-the-children-when I'm-chasing-a-mad-serial-killer, the vastly pregnant woman... depending on your tolerance these will serve either to add character or merely get in the ...more
Wit & Wonder Books
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

To say this book is haunting and raw is a mere understatement to the things it stirs inside you.

With cause for literal gasps and haunting scenes that stays with you even when you've finished the book, Stefan Anhem's second installment of the Fabian Risk series, The Ninth Grave, is a carnival of fear and terrifying.

What starts off in the first chapter as a prisoner writing a letter to someone, someone who to him, feels like the reason
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-release
Oh boy......

I don’t even know what to say.

Could have been great.


Too confusing. Too many plots happening at the same time, too many characters, and too many unnecessary side plots with family members that don’t really lead anywhere or make me care much. Some plotlines were never resolved and never even addressed (did Fabian’s wife really not even mention about him hitting his son? did a certain lady actually force herself on Fabian? are we meant to ignore a potential male rape in the
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Am I the only one who sees the future of Sweden written in this book?

Complex, thrilling, loved every word of it!
Congratulations Stefan Ahnhem! Keep writing because you are doing such an amazing job!
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Head of Zeus for an advance copy of The Ninth Grave, the second Swedish police procedural to feature Detective Fabian Risk.

The novel opens 10 years before with a dying man writing a last letter. It then cuts back to the present day and a series of disappearances in Stockholm and a grisly murder in Denmark. Fabian Risk leads the initial investigation in Stockholm and Dunja Hougaard leads the Danish one.

This is a difficult novel to describe and I think you will
Ken Fredette
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that Stefan Ahnhem's story delved into something that was far reaching into what happened at the beginning of the story. I really enjoyed the story and expected a completely different outcome although I can see that this was Stefan's real target to begin with, he kept going until he made it come full circle. Fabian Risk, Malin Rehnberg and Dunja Hougaard were the main characters that were responsible for the outcome of the investigations in Sweden and Denmark and weren't thrown off by ...more
Jane Rose
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Zoe Radley
Jan 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
God this was awful full of absolute tripe and stupid scenarios also does this author get off on making everyone a little shite and seriously everyone including the kids are f****ed up the spoilt brat Mathilda and the silent teenager boy.
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Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting mystery about a series of brutal killings in Sweden and Denmark that may be connected to each other. Two very strong female police detectives. On the other hand, the chief protagonist (Fabian Risk) was intelligent, determined, but in the end unable to keep his team out of grave danger. I found myself despising him by the end of the story, as I despised some of the other highly placed characters who considered certain secrets more important than human lives. Also, I thought ...more
The second installment of Fabian Risk and his adventures as a police offiser in Stockholm. I really loved the first book of this series, so I was quite exited to get started at the second book, put I was unfortunately left a bit disappointed.

This book starts out before the first book, a kind of prequel if you will, but it was never clear that that was what the book was. We're following the events that lead up to why the Risk family has moved in the first book, and you get to know all the drama
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the start of this story as it intrigued me and drew me into the narrative. However, it takes a bit of stamina to get to grips with several aspects of the book. There are a lot of characters and it took me a while to get to grips with who was who. Part of the story is investigated in Denmark and part in Sweden which helps explain the numerous characters. There are two apparent storylines which eventually come together as one. Some of the plotting is a bit convoluted and in places ...more
The mysoginy in this novel was a bit much to take at certain points, but the larger mystery was pretty captivating for the most part. Whatever positive feelings I'd had for Fabian disappeared as soon as he displayed his inexplicable incompetence in the field. The epilogue screams that there will be a sequel. For my part, I have very little interest in reading it. By the end of the book, I was impressed but the meticulous news if the bad guy even though much of the plan was gruesome and ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swedish
First book I've read by Ahnhem, a Swedish author. Too long, too crazy, too many story lines. Too much violence (yes, it's a crime novel but this was too much for me.) There's a monster out killing innocent people - or maybe there are two monsters, or three. And maybe it all goes back to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Not inspired to read other books by this author.
May 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-noir
I found this very difficult to read. The descriptions of victims truly made me feel ill. An unpleasant book peopled by unpleasant characters. I didn't care if any of them lived or died, but I did not want to read about it in explicit detail.
Ann-Helene Persson
Nice but a bit to long.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real page-turner for me, and now I can’t wait to read the third book in the Fabian Risk series! Thanks so much for sharing this one with me, dear Lone! :-)
Katie Hague
Unlikeable main character and difficult to follow the plot. Should have been better but didn't quite hit the mark.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This is the second book but is the prequel to the first in the series. It was a bit long and had more plots intertwined that didn't add to the book. Decent police procedural with a mix of investigative work and action. I enjoyed it, though and look forward to more in this series.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh so this should indeed come before Victim without a Face. Nevertheless, it was a very gripping, though somewhat gory read.
Bree T
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, nordic-noir, series, crime
I was super keen for this next installment in the Fabian Risk series. The first book, Victim Without A Face ended at a pretty interesting place and I was really excited to see what happened next. So I was a bit confused when this began and Fabian was somewhere else. It took me a little while to realise that although this is book 2, it’s set before book 1. The events in this novel are how Fabian came to be back in his hometown at the beginning of the previous book, it explains more of the ...more
Ivory Castle
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will you have the stamina to keep up with this book?
The Swedish Minister for Justice vanishes during severe weather and Fabian Risk, a detective, is called in (unofficially) to conduct an investigation. As the body count grows he struggles to maintain a balance between the mounting pressure for justice and the ones he loves the most.
Malin Rehnberg is Fabian’s colleague and pregnant with twins. While making enquiries she comes into contact with a killer putting her life and that of her unborn
To better understand Stefan Ahnhem's "The Ninth Grave," translated from the Swedish by Paul Norlen, readers might consider creating a spreadsheet. There is so much going on that it is challenging to keep one's bearings while plowing through this nearly six hundred page book. Swedish detective Fabian Risk of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and his colleague, Malin Rehnberg, play central roles on the Swedish side. In addition, the glamorous Niva Ekenhielm, a seductress and computer ...more
Mike Cuthbert
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stefan Ahnhem had written two thrillers by 2016, this being the second. It is remarkably violent but in an accessible way. Most of the violence occurs “off-screen” to be discovered after the act. It is only in the closing chapters that he lets us in on the action as it is being carried out and the mystery of who and why this particular stream of serial murders is underway. The first to be discovered is the Swedish Minister for Justice who disappears mysteriously and is not discovered for several ...more
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”As a kid, I never dreamt of being a writer. Putting letters in the right order to form words did not come easily to me. In school, while the rest of my class had Swedish lessons, a strange-smelling lady would pull me out of the classroom to play with wooden blocks painted with colourful letters.

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