The Killing

The Killing

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A pageturning adaptation of the first season of the original Danish television series  The Killing , from the author of the Nic Costa series

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 . . . There is one torchlight on her now, the single blazing eye. And it is here.

Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department before moving to Sweden. But everything changes when 19-year-old student Nanna Birk Larsen is found raped and brutally murdered in the woods outside the city. Lund's plans to relocate are put on hold as she leads the investigation along with fellow detective Jan Meyer. While Nanna's family struggles to cope with their loss, local politician Troels Hartmann is in the middle of an election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen. When links between City Hall and the murder suddenly come to light, the case takes an entirely different turn. Over the course of 20 days, suspect upon suspect emerges as violence and political intrigue cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.

Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2012.
ISBN: 9781447213956
Branch Call Number: HEWSO
Characteristics: x, 707 p. ; 24 cm.

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Dec 15, 2012

This would have been rated as four stars had it not been for the infuriatingly stupid turns and prolonging of a story that plodded along for a needless extra 200 pages.

Everytime the case approached the end and the "killer" was identified Hewson managed to find another way of creating suspicion onto another character. It was fine once or twice but after that it became really annoying and I was just happy to see the end of the book.

I'm not sure how closely Hewson followed the Danish series, which the plot is based on, and on his website Hewson states that he made some big changes, and they were his decision. Well, he turned an intruiging read into a frustrating effort, with the final end resolution being a disappointment.

This was as bad as watching the multiple endings of the third part of the Lord of the Rings.

I grudgingly recommend it. The beginning portion will reel you in but after two thirds you may find yourself begging to be put out of your misery. I was, I regretfully have to say.

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