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The Killing 1 [Hardcover]

David Hewson
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24 May 2012 Killing

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 nineteen-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 twenty days, suspect upon suspect emerges as violence, political intrigue cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.



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  • Hardcover: 717 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447213955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447213956
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Hewson's novels have been translated into a wide range of languages, from Italian to Japanese, and his debut work, Semana Santa, set in Holy Week Spain, was filmed with Mira Sorvino. Dante's Numbers is his thirteenth published novel.

David was born in Yorkshire in 1953 and left school at the age of seventeen to work as a cub reporter on one of the smallest evening newspapers in the country in Scarborough. Eight years later he was a staff reporter on The Times in London, covering news, business and latterly working as arts correspondent. He worked on the launch of the Independent and was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times for a decade before giving up journalism entirely in 2005 to focus on writing fiction.

Semana Santa won the WH Smith Fresh Talent award for one of the best debut novels of the year in 1996 and was later made into a movie starring Mira Sorvino and Olivier Martinez. Four standalone works followed before A Season for the Dead, the first in a series set in Italy. There are now nine Costa titles published in numerous languages around the world including Chinese and Japanese... and Italian.

David followed these books with three acclaimed adaptations of the award-winning Copenhagen TV crime series The Killing. In 2014 he debuted a new series set in Amsterdam with The House of Dolls. With A.J. Hartley he has also authored two popular adaptations of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet, originally for audio now out in ebook.

He has featured regularly on the speaker lists of leading international book events, including the Melbourne and Ottawa writers' festivals, the Harrogate Crime Festival, Thrillerfest, Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime. He has taught at writing schools around the world and is a regular faculty member for the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference in Corte Madera, California, where he has worked alongside writers such as Martin Cruz Smith and Michael Connelly.

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'This adaption of 'The Killing' is a huge success…So how does it survive this possibly awkward transmutation? The answer, in short, is extremely well. David Hewson - the author of more than a dozen detective novels set in Italy and with no need to stoop to anything too hurriedly commercial - has taken what was television gold and turned it into literary gold. Indeed he has done it so well that his book is now being translated and readied for publication in Danish....The publisher makes much of the fact that instead of sitting in front of his telly with one finger on the pause button and the other on his keyboard, Hewson went to Copenhagen and 'constructed with' Soren Sveistrupp, the series script writer. What has emerged from their meetings is really very interesting...His (Hewson's) take is as valid as yours or mine. It creates an odd dynamic between author and reader which I rather liked...This is one of the most engrossing detective novels I've read in a long time' --The Daily Telegraph, 5-Star Review

'Crime veteran Hewson is a solid choice to adapt the Scandi TV sensation...It's a quality product' --Guardian

'As gripping as the TV series. It will keep you pinned to very last page' -- Jens Lapidus

'David Hewson has achieved the seemingly impossible . . . just as gripping as the television serial . . . this book is worth reading' --The Literary Review

'a novel in the hugely experienced hands of David Hewson that defies expectation. Hewson’s style is tight, lean, almost like a film script' --Express

'clear, clipped prose is beautifully up to the task, as is his forensic attention to the original's details . . . And the ending leaves a very different, but no less thought-provoking taste' --Mirror

'David Hewson should be commended for writing such a page-turner of a book . . . The Killing has enough twists and turns to satisfy not only any avid follower of the series but also readers that are coming to it first time around'
--www.shotsmag.co.uk

'David Hewson's literary translation is far more than a cheap tie-in...the book allows the characters more room to breathe. It means the emotional heart of the show is much more clearly defined: it s less a whodunnit in Hewson's hands...And yet in changing the ending he also makes a bold statement about the techniques required for satisfying drama on the page. All of which makes The Killing an excellent stand-alone novel - but perhaps Hewson's greatest achievement is that it's compelling reading' --The Observer

'Hewson is a highly regarded crime writer in his own right...for those who missed watching Sarah Lund and the Danish police in action, I believe they will get a great deal of pleasure from reading about them' --The Times

'The result is a very fine novel...with the bonus of a brand new twist to the ending. It is a different experience reading the book to viewing the thriller on screen - but just as fulfilling'
Daily Mail

'He adds real depth to the characters. The best bit of the whole book is his alternative ending, which is a refreshing twist. It's a fast-paced crime novel that's five-star from start to finish' --Birmingham Sunday Mercury

'far more relaxing than subtitles. --Irish Times

'much more interesting novelisation by David Hewson'
--Choice

'The book is an excellent read in which the author manages to dig deeper into the characters without having to rewrite their original television characterisation. For those who haven t seen the series, this is a very cleverly constructed and beautifully written crime drama; for those who already know the ending, a new twist awaits.' --Irish Times

'David Hewson's literary translation is far more than a cheap tie-in...the book allows the characters more room to breathe. It means the emotional heart of the show is much more clearly defined: it s less a whodunnit in Hewson's hands...And yet in changing the ending he also makes a bold statement about the techniques required for satisfying drama on the page. All of which makes The Killing an excellent stand-alone novel - but perhaps Hewson's greatest achievement is that it's compelling reading' --The Observer

'Hewson is a highly regarded crime writer in his own right...for those who missed watching Sarah Lund and the Danish police in action, I believe they will get a great deal of pleasure from reading about them' --The Times

'The result is a very fine novel...with the bonus of a brand new twist to the ending. It is a different experience reading the book to viewing the thriller on screen - but just as fulfilling'
Daily Mail

'He adds real depth to the characters. The best bit of the whole book is his alternative ending, which is a refreshing twist. It's a fast-paced crime novel that's five-star from start to finish' --Birmingham Sunday Mercury

'far more relaxing than subtitles. --Irish Times

'much more interesting novelisation by David Hewson'
--Choice

About the Author

David Hewson was a journalist working most recently for the Sunday Times, The Times and the Independent. The author of nine novels in the highly acclaimed Detective Nic Costa series set in Rome which are currently being adapted for TV, he has also written thrillers set in Seville, the US and Venice. The author lives in Kent.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word for this - WOW, 9 Feb 2013
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One word for this book - wow. I have eye strain from not being able to put it down. It's absolutely brilliant. I have never seem the TV show,only heard that its excellent, so I went into this with an open mind, but I was literally blown away by the pace of it; the tension never lets up.

Sarah Lund and Jan Meyer are investigating the brutal rape and murder of Nanna Birk Larsen and the murder seems to be connected to the City Hall. No one seems to care about her death; the only thing everyone is concerned about is their public image and the run up to being the Mayor. There are so many twists and turns in this incredible book they are literally breathtaking. I can usually spot the murderer in most crime books but, as the spotlight was on so many people, I was flitting from one suspect to another.

I absolutely loved the great Sarah Lund and her troubled life; and I grew to like Jan Meyer who I couldn't really take to at first.

I am just about to start reading The Killing 2 but doubt it could be anything as good as this one - or can it? - watch this space!

I can only apologise to my family and friends for being a complete and utter bookworm over the last few days.

10/10 and most definitely highly recommended.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Killed Nanna? 31 May 2012
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Alright, I confess, I still haven't seen this Danish crime series, I have only seen the US version, which I know is different (indeed its longer). After reading this though I know I want to see the original series. I don't know if the story is exactly the same as the series, or indeed if you have seen that, that you would feel this is an accurate rendering of the characters. I would expect people to have differing views on that, and so won't go into it. I think most people are aware of the story, when nineteen year old Nanna Birk Larsen is found brutally murdered, the police start their investigations. At the same time as this there are Mayoral elections in Copenhagen, and this gets caught up in the case.

In all there are three main themes throughout this story, the police investigation, the politics that are going on with the elections, and the story of the family trying to come to terms with the loss of their daughter. Although this is easier to do visually, David Hewson has managed to weave these strands together brilliantly, making this easy to follow. Obviously why this works so well, isn't just the interconnecting themes, and the dirty politicking, but also the actions of the police.

We are all familiar with the way most crime novels and dramas work, they either get the right person after lots of work, or they arrest someone, then they realise that they have got it wrong, and finish the book or show with the correct perpetrator. This however is much more realistic. Lets face it, someone is found murdered, you either manage to arrest the murderer pretty soon, or it becomes a mammoth task. With DNA not necessarily being found that is usable, and with people lying for a multitude of reasons, the police have to go on what evidence they have.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By S. J. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I really enjoyed The Killing 1 on TV, at least up to about episode 13 at which point my addiction was tempered by developing irritation at the mounting implausibilities and red herrings which began, it seemed to me, to be generated more for thrills than for character and/or narrative purposes. (I think the second series was overall, better, because not so artificially stretched out.) Still, both TV series of a very high standard.

David Hewson has attempted to follow the series very closely and, in a sense, I think this is what makes the book such an irritating experience, perfectly illustrating some of the differences between a visual medium and books. (Despite claims for new insights etc these strike me as relatively minor features, though to be fair the author comes up with a more plausible and satisfying alternative ending.) The rapid cutting, short scenes and relentless pace presented in the hour long segments of the TV version becomes irritatingly staccato in print, and there is, at 610 pages, a LOT of print. It is VERY dialogue heavy, almost exclusively 'functional' dialogue which tells us things rather than revealing them, and the descriptive elements often read like film script character directions rather than fully imagined scene and character drawing. Hewson seems to me to take the flesh OFF the bones, so to speak, leaving, for this reader at least, a skeleton, something less than a novel and a mere shadow of the series it tracks.

The Killing was never boring, but for me this is. For those who enjoyed the series possbly despite some reservations, this is a similar dish without any of the seasoning, so why read it? For those who haven't seen the series, I can't really imagine why you would be tempted.
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I have been a fan of David Hewson for years. I have read almost all of his books, and just have his very earliest to read. David has his own team of detectives working mostly out of Rome. He has also written some stunning stand-alone novels, such as The Cemetery of Secrets, which has a more mystical feel to it. His main Nic Costa series is the closest he comes to The Killing, but there would appear to be a tightly knit team working in those, whereas in The Killing we see a lone detective trying to solve a case. However, there are famous instances in the Costa series of one detective following their gut instinct and leaving everyone else standing. Nic has been reprimanded several times by Falcone for doing this, and even Falcone himself is not immune to it.

I was surprised and delighted to see that David was offered the job of turning The Killing into a novel. He is a mature writer and brings something extra to the action. I have watched the original Danish series, with subtitles, and was disappointed with the American version, which I quickly dropped. The characterization in the Danish version is flawless. Could David bring to the novel what Danish TV brought to the original?

I was even more delighted to find that I was offered a pre-release copy of this novel. I was not disappointed. The writing is tense, sharp, staccato. So much happens in the series that it is difficult to remember much of it, and I found myself re-living the scenes, and sometimes wondering whether I had missed a lot by having to concentrate on those subtitles.

One thing I noticed in another review from someone who had not seen the TV series was that Lund was described by him as calculating.
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fantastic.and so much easier to understand than the TV version which I also found enthralling and compulsive viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read.
I watched both the Danish and American series before deciding to read the book. I thought that knowing the story might diminish my enjoyment. None of it! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mr. B. Ramsbottom
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
If anything even better that the TV series. Greatly enjoyed the style of writing and have already received Killing II.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A griping crime thiller
‘The Killing’ is yet another high quality Scandinavian crime novel with a strong and interesting female character: namely Sarah Lund, a detective in the Copenhagen Police... Read more
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This held my interest to the last page, unusual for the genre where you can generally see the ending! Full of twists and interesting characters, well developed. Read more
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