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Death of a Carpet Dealer [Paperback]

Karin Wahlberg
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3 May 2012
The brutal murder of a Swedish carpet dealer on a business trip to Turkey is the start of a story about an unknown daughter, an exclusive carpet and – as always when Karin Wahlberg writes – the everyday life and dreams of the people we meet in her stories. Read by every doctor and nurse in Sweden and often compared to New York Times bestselling author of medical thrillers, Tess Gerritsen, Death of a Carpet Dealer is one of seven in Wahlberg’s series featuring Police Commissioner Claes Claesson and his wife Veronika Lundborg, doctor at Oskarshamn hospital. Her books have sold over 1.5 million total copies worldwide.

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Stockholm Text (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9187173212
  • ISBN-13: 978-9187173219
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,508,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karin Wahlberg’s crime novels both entertain and inspire readers to make the world a better place. Karin Wahlberg works as a gynecologist and obstetrician in Lund, Sweden, when she is not writing books; books that are more like exciting literary works than traditional mysteries. Her style allows her to create rich stories with profund storylines that highlight the seemingly ordinary lives of her characters. Wahlberg excels at bringing these characters to life – people who have found themselves at a critical turning point and must act both for themselves and for their environment. Karin Wahlberg says this about her writing: “There is just one deadline, death, and therefore there is all reason in the world to write about those things one finds are important.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars people rather than puzzle 11 May 2013
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I read a lot of crime fiction; this was different to a lot of books I have read. It concentrated on the people and looking at things from their point of view rather than on solving the whodunnit puzzle. It is well written and I enjoyed it very much - I will be looking out for other books by this author.
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By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
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Death of a Carpet Dealer is mainly set in Oskarshamn, a small coastal town south of Stockholm, from which the ferries to the islands of Oland and Gotland depart and arrive. As the novel opens, however, Carl-Iver Olsson, the titular carpet dealer, is on a rather different ferry, one that travels up and down the Bosphorus to and from Istanbul. And, given the title, it is not giving anything away to reveal that he is discovered to be dead when the time comes for disembarkation.

Chapters alternate from different points of view: the Turkish sections concern two workers on the ferry who may or may not be involved in Olsson's death; and the Istanbul police, who initially investigate the crime. When it becomes apparent that the victim was Swedish, the Oskarhshamn authorities are informed and dispatch two officers to Istanbul to help and to be present when Olsson's family identifies his body. After an interlude in Istanbul, most of the action thereafter takes place in Oskarhshamn.

Events are told from the point of view of several connected characters. One of these is Veronika, a 47-year-old doctor who is about to give birth to her third child, and who has taken an old carpet to Olsson's shop for repair. The shop is run by Olsson's niece Annelide, who is married to one of Veronika's colleagues. Olsson's wife, soon to be widow, is a nurse at the same hospital, working the night shift. And Veronika's husband Claes is a senior police inspector who is given the Olsson case. Each character has a chapter to reflect on life and his or her concerns, often seeming rather tangential to the plot, before the subject changes to another one. In this fashion, a mosaic-style picture of life in this country area of Sweden is provided.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Read! 14 Jun 2012
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The title of this book intrigued me so I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did. It's a very sophisticated crime novel set in both Turkey and Sweden. A wonderfully complex story with characters that lead interesting lives. I couldn't put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is good Scandinavian Crime 30 Aug 2012
By Eleanor - Published on
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This book was a thrilling yet easy read. The language just draws you into the story about a crime investigation taking place in Istanbul, Turkey. You can really smell the spices of the Turkish market as you flip through the pages. Besides the crime investigation this novel is also about the private lives of the investigator and his wife, a doctor at a Swedish hospital. The characters are very believable and I'd like to read more books by this author. Thrilling and excellent, a book for everyone who'd like to find a new book just to disappear into!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story with believable characters 30 Aug 2012
By Claes - Published on
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Frankly, I was expecting a novel similar to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, as Karin Wahlberg is also from Sweden. But this book was very different - not as fast-paced and action-oriented, but thrilling in a much subtler way. Believable characters and a beautiful setting, partly in Sweden and partly in Turkey. I will definitely follow Wahlberg's authorship.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Whoever translated this must have worked very cheaply 27 Oct 2012
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If I were a writer and my novel was translated this poorly I would consider a lawsuit. The story itself is a good one with interesting characters and an exotic location (Istanbul) and some touches of humor, but it's a real struggle to read. If written in English it would never have been published in this condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deftly Woven 22 Oct 2012
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Wahlberg deftly weaves together the procedural elements of Swedish and Turkish investigations of a carpet dealer's murder with accounts of several marriages involving the principal characters, along with background information on the trade in Turkish carpets. The characters are well-developed; the reader will sympathize with some of them and want to shake others. Much of the "action" is internal--the characters are reflective, but secretive. The investigations are methodical but move slowly compared to Wallander and colleagues. So, this is not the fastest moving Scandinavian crime novel. Although the crime is solved, the reader may not feel that all the loose ends are tied up by the end (there are lots of carpets and carpet bags to keep track of). But, overall, a very good read.
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