The Viper

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The Viper

Format:  Hardcover,

358 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2012

ISBN-13: 9780312642327

ISBN-10: 0312642326

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"Another Scandinavian star has been born into the world of crime fiction. Don't miss out on Hakan Ostlundh "

--Stephen Booth, author of "The Devil's Edge"

Published in nine countries worldwide, Hakan Ostlundh is well on his way to becoming one of the new superstars of Scandinavian crime fiction. In this gripping and haunting novel, Arvid, a ruthless business consultant for a major international company, returns home to Sweden after a lengthy assignment in Tokyo. Four days after his return, the maid discovers two dead bodies on the living room floor--a man and a woman. At first, police detective Fredrik Broman assumes the two bodies to be Arvid and his wife, but the male body is badly disfigured and could be anyone. Soon, Fredrik is knee-deep in case that is much more complex than he could ever have imagined.

Set on the island of Gotland, "The Viper "is a fabulous crime novel that explores the terrors lurking beneath small town life, where escaping one's past is impossible.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2012
ISBN-13: 9780312642327
ISBN-10: 0312642326
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 358
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 8.0 x 1.25

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Review by Library Journal (2012-07-01)

Joining a recent wave of newly translated Scandinavian crime novels, Ostlundh makes his U.S. debut with the fourth volume of his series featuring police detective Fredrik Broman and his colleagues on the Swedish island of Gotland. When the butchered remains of a woman and a man who'd been mutilated beyond recognition are discovered, the victims are initially thought to be business consultant Arvid Traneus and his wife, Katrina. But it is soon determined that the dead man is Arvid's cousin and Katrina's lover.

Traneus has disappeared, and the police are anxious to find him. Nominated in 2008 for the Best Swedish Crime Novel, a literary prize awarded by the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy, this mystery resembles Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer novels with its shifting points of view that share the thoughts and motives of the main players.

Verdict: Though the translation of some idioms is a little rough, fans of international crime fiction, especially those who enjoy character study and isolated Scandinavian settings, will be interested in discovering a promising new author.

[Previewed in Kristi Chadwick's Mystery Genre Spotlight feature, "Crime Travels", LJ 4/15/12.] - Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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 "; Another Scandinavian star has been born into the world of crime fiction. Don't miss out on Hakan Ostlundh!"

--Stephen Booth, author of The Devil’s Edge

Published in nine countries worldwide, Håkan Ö stlundh is well on his way to becoming one of the new superstars of Scandinavian crime fiction. In this gripping and haunting novel, Arvid, a ruthless business consultant for a major international company, returns home to Sweden after a lengthy assignment in Tokyo. Four days after his return, the maid discovers two dead bodies on the living room floor—a man and a woman.

At first, police detective Fredrik Broman assumes the two bodies to be Arvid and his wife, but the male body is badly disfigured and could be anyone. Soon, Fredrik is knee-deep in case that is much more complex than he could ever have imagined.

Set on the island of Gotland, The Viper is a fabulous crime novel that explores the terrors lurking beneath small town life, where escaping one’s past is impossible.

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