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definitely not a pin-prick
on 21 September 2013
I haven't read Burned, the first of this trilogy but this book will stand alone. There is sufficient information as to what happened in the first book which does not detract from the reading of this second in the series.
As with just about every Scandanavian or even Nordic author, comparisons seem to have to be made with Larsson or Nesbo. Enger is neither of these - yet. If you are thinking of a Nesbo comparison, try Lars Keppler.
The story is desperately slow to start which, coupled with the disadvantage of Norwegian names which don't trip off an English tongue, I was beginning to wonder what the fuss was about. However, the pace does pick up. The story is very convoluted, involving rather too many muscle-bound men who believe muscle takes the place of brainpower but, as we might expect, our sort of hero, Henning Juul, uses the latter to defeat the former. Thank goodness there are breaks for explanations along the way for, if you were to stop reading this book for a couple of days, you'd surely have forgotten who was intent on killing whom.
Generally, there is always a sort of noir, too, in these stories. Juul has watched his young son die and his wife leave him (first book) but this always remains in the background, struggling to break into the foreground as Henning desperatly needs to find out who caused the fire which killed him. He gets tantalisingly close, leaving this loose end and a few others to be tied up in book three, Scarred, out towards the end of the year.
I look forward to reading it.