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  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Nordic Noir (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908233001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908233004
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Until a few years ago I was not particularly interested in books in novel form. When I was very young, I read a handful of Enid Blyton's Famous Five books, and occasionally as I grew up, the odd thriller.

Nowadays, I read much more diligently and books are part of my everyday life.

I did not leave school to pursue a career in writing, I came to it a bit later on in life, after having been given a writing course for a 40th birthday present.

Now two years on, I have had both my first and second books published and I am currently working on the third and final book of the trilogy.

My books follow the criminal detective, Walter Gröhn and his colleague the young and talented Jonna de Brugge, as they try and uncover corruption within the Swedish justice system.

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About the Author

Stefan Tegenfalk, born 1965 in Stockholm, Sweden, where he is currently living, makes his debut with the book Anger Mode which is the first book of a trilogy about the cynical criminal detective Walter Gröhn with the Stockholm police, and Jonna de Brugge from the Special Investigations Unit, RSU.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2011
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Published in the recently established tradition of Scandinavian crime stories translated into English, Anger Mode has a complex and well thought out plot. The author lays down a marker at the beginning with the death of a young girl in a motor accident. The story then moves on several years with three very violent crimes committed by court officials which it seems may be related as they are so completely out of character.

The basic plot is interesting if somewhat improbable, but I did not find this a particularly easy book to read. This is partly because there is a lot about the interaction between the different parts of the justice system - the local police, SAPO (the Security Police), The National Crime Squad, The Prosecutors Office and court officials. I imagine this is all fine and meaningful if you are Swedish and understand how it all works, but I found the constant jockeying for position and political shenanigans between the various parties, which fill many pages, rather tedious without adding very much. In this respect it seemed to me that it would have been better to rewrite this book for the English language market rather than do a straight translation since the story line is good.

I was also not entirely convinced about the translation as I think it is likely that this book is much more readable in the Swedish original version. One thing I did find quite amusing was that the translator clearly had not been on a political correctness course. At one stage he refers to `jungle bunnies' whilst he fairly consistently refers to some Saudi Arabian gentleman as either ` men with beards in nightshirts' or towelheads!

I think there is little doubt that this book, the first of a trilogy, is inspired by the success of the Stieg Larrson Dragon Tattoo trilogy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2011
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Anger Mode, one of the welcome batch of books from Sweden being published in the UK this year, is certainly packed with themes and incident. The novel begins along traditional lines - a car accident is described in the first chapter on a road near Uppsala. The action then shifts to Stockholm and to the jaded, 30-year veteran police detective Walter Grohn - a cop who breaks all the rules of procedure and political correctness to get his man (or woman), and who gets away with it because his boss is pretty lazy and knows that, by protecting Grohn from censure, he will keep his department looking good, statistics-wise. In addition, Grohn is in mourning for Martine (presumably his wife) and is prone to constant headaches.

There are many apparently disparate elements in the first half of the book. A liberal judge is incensed by an hour-long delay to his train and attacks the taxi-driver who is driving him home from the station. A couple of hoods break into a journalist's apartment to try to find an incriminating video. A teenage girl infuriates her frayed mother by skipping school - instead the girl goes with a friend to someone's house to smoke dope - but is injected with an unknown cocktail, leading to bizarre and tragic consequences. Grohn attempts to investigate these crimes but they seem curiously motiveless - a rookie profiler-cop, Jonna de Brugge, is assigned to him as a partner but despite some sharp repartee and small advances, they are getting nowhere when another judge phones the police to say he's murdered his wife in a jealous rage.

SAPO, the state secret police infamous to readers of crime fiction from Sweden*, steps in to take over the investigation of these crimes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David VINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2011
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Anger Mode by Stefan Tegenfalk is the first in the Walter Grohn trilogy of books set in Sweden. Walter Grohn is a criminal detective who becomes involved in a series of brutal killings. Together with his assistant Jonna fe Brugge, who works in a special investigations unit within the National Police, Grohn unravels threads that lead back in time and may link to the Swedish justice system. Obviously there is alot more to the plot than this brief synopsis. The author Stefan Tegenfalk has created an intersting character in Walter Grohn and I look forward to reading more of his cases in future books. The plot is well thought out and the narrative moves at a good pace. All in all an enjoyable Swedish crime novel. I'm looking forward to the second part of the Walter Grohn trilogy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2011
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Whilst there is nothing essentially wrong with this novel, the writing style feels far too dry and even the action sequences are uninteresting. The premise is ridiculous and the plot feels a little too suspended in fiction to be based around the framework of a detective novel that references real police departments and methodology.

Walter is an anti-social lone-wolf (aren't all the best detectives?!) and of course he can't make any progress on 'the case' until he is suspended from duty - it's all a bit cliché. Despite this the relationship between Walter and Jonna de Brugge is well written and really conveys a decent partnership and at several points the book really keeps the pages turning; the problem is that there are long periods in between these points where the story drags - I had to literally will myself to press on, a continual struggle between the urge to finish the book and my complete lack of interest in the outcome of the story. Not a good sign considering this is the first book in a trilogy...

All in all - well written, the talent is definitely there, it's just an uninteresting story suspended far too heavily in the impossible.
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