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The Princess of Burundi [Paperback]

Kjell Eriksson
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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30 Mar 2007
Winner of the Swedish Crime academy Award for Best Crime Novel, "The Princess of Burundi" introduces readers to a leading crime writer from Sweden whose work has created an international sensation. Eriksson's U.S. debut opens a week before Christmas when a Swedish town is rocked by the brutal murder of John Jonsson, a local family man. Detectives, led by a very pregnant Inspector Ann Lindell, at first suspect a chillingly well-drawn psychotic, and they may be right. But if they are not right, that leaves a cunning and vicious murderer on the loose in their town...A page-turner from start to finish, "The Princess of Burundi" catapults Eriksson to the top ranks of international crime fiction writers.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books,US; Reprint edition (30 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312327684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312327682
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Riveting.... THE PRINCESS OF BURUNDI resembles the books of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, not to mention those of the modern master Henning Mankell." The Wall Street Journal"

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Huck Flynn VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
i thought eriksson created some very strong and realistic characters in Princess of Burundi which helped compensate for a storyline that left a few gaps in the plotting and a solution that was slightly fortuitous. The atmosphere created by the death of "Little John" is sympathetically portrayed - unlike many detective books where such tragedies are trivialised - in this book we see the effects on his wife, son and brother. eriksson does go into a lot of background detail about characters but not in an obviously "documentary" way, so we do feel empathy - similar to Mankell's Wallendar books. The procedural stuff isn't overdone and if some of the meetings in the police station seem a little too deep and philosophical to be realistic, it is an interesting analysis of the state of modern sweden. very readable. 3 1/2 stars
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Addition to Genre 8 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
I received this as a present from my wife recently and munched through it this week. Although there isn't a character in it as interesting as Inspector Wallender, the writer has plotted an excellent crime story with some likeable characters. There are some interesting musings on modern Sweden and the loss of certains ways of life. I must complain about Amazon's plot synopsis. Ann Lindell is at no point pregnant in this story rather she has already had her kid! It this a hint that the translations of Eriksson's books will be out of sequence like so many of these Scandinavian writers viz Mankell, Jo Nesbo etc?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 9 Mar 2011
By lovemurakami TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I was really looking forward to this, maybe that was why I was really disappointed in it. I felt the translation was rather stilted and didn't flow well. Storyline wasn't that great, it wasn't so bad that I couldn't read it so that's a plus.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Feanor
Format:Paperback
There ought to be a law against over-dramatised blurbs on books. In Kjell Eriksson's The Princess of Burundi (for some reason, several of this man's crime novels have an African reference in their titles), the blurb talks about a silent killer who holds an entire city in the grip of his terror. Nonsense. Other than the relatives of the man who is killed, nobody in Uppsala really gives a damn. His brother is out for revenge, his lovely wife is ravaged by grief, his son is falling apart as a result of it all. It is sombre and dark as almost all of Scandinavian crime fiction, and is rather good as a study of the effects of violent crime on a family. Why was the man killed? There are rumours of a large winnings at poker; although he has been on the straight-and-narrow for years, his brother (to whom he was very close) has continued a life of crime; was it revenge? The book is rather slow to take off, and the solution when it finally arrives is not very satisfying, but the book adds yet another dimension to one's understanding of Swedish life, which is all to the good, what?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading because.... 1 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
...the translation is stilted and poor.
It looks like a dictionary has been used for many of the phrases and any reproducing of the Swedish into colloquial English seems completely lacking.

....the title is irrelvant. OK - I thought there might be a real princess but when I found out it was about a fish I think I could have lived with that. But WHY do their heads get chopped off which is the only time they feature? - not explained at all

....the plot is terrible - espcially in terms of the denoument. I could just have lived with this book if a tragic murder was well resolved. But the villain creeps in at the end - and we find out more about his tyre tracks than about him!!

And finally the publishers must be slammed - some more. Previous reviewers have already pointed out their cynical failure to publish the series properly. My gripe is about the front cover - "Featuring Inspector Ann...." NO - she is on maternity leave. And the back blurb has been written by someone who has clearly not read any of the book at all. VERY POOR SHOW

I wasted £0.50 in a charity shop buying another in the series before reading this one. But they are both heading now heading back that one with one un-read. Life is too short to waste on this stuff.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Ammc
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a slow book but I found it quite enjoyable in a sedate, close-up anatomy of a family kinda way.

It only gets 3 stars for 2 reasons: first the cover summary gives half the plot away and this is really irritating and second because although this is the first book of this author published in the English language, it's not the first in the series.

This is the series:

Den upplyste stigen (1999)
Jorden må rämna (2000)
Stenkistan (2001)
Prinsessen av Burundi (2002) / The Princess of Burundi, 2006
Nattskärran
Nattens grymma stjärnor (2004)/The Cruel Stars of the Night, 2007
Mannen från bergen (2005)/ The Demon of Dakar, 2008
Den Hand Som Skälver (2007)/ The Hand that Trembles, 2011
Svarta lögner, rött blod (2008)
Öppen grav (2009)

Only 4 translations. So readers will miss a lot of information about various characters that they would have read about in the first 3 books.
This inconsistent translation was already annoying with the Jo Nesbo series (the first novel, granted not his best, is only now going to be published in English despite the events contained in the book being constantly referred to in all the others books of the series). What is wrong with publishers? Please translate and publish books in a series in the correct order!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars another Scandi Detective
Enjoyable Detective book. Inspector Lindell is on maternity leave but still plays a significant role in the investigation. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Lindell at her finest
A long read somewhat but lotso f satisfying twists and turns. Beautiful title/meaningful and a very good read all in all.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. J. Gietzen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Really good and believable characters and story. Will be reading the next one. There seems to be an endless supply of really good Scandinavian crime writers.
Published 5 months ago by Justine Carroll
2.0 out of 5 stars The princess of burundi
Love Swedish writers but found this book as struggle. 2 stars at best. Plot convulted, lacked flow and ending bizarre.
Published 13 months ago by jacqui scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for lovers of cichlids
"The Princess of Burundi", the name is explained late on in the book, is my introduction to Kjell Eriksson's police procedural novels. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dr R
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW ! BOOK @ SUPER PRICE
BY NOW I HAVE READ THE BOOK.
VERY GOOD. I PREFER SCANDINAVIAN FEMALE CRIME WRITERS.
MORE COMPATIUNATE , NOT AS CRUEL AS MALES
AND THIS MAS A FIRST NOVEL IS SIMPLY... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Klaus A. Irrgang
4.0 out of 5 stars Another masterly Swede
This is the first book I have read by this author. Loved the characters. Great story line. Can't wait to start the next book. How do the Scandinavians do it?
Published 16 months ago by caelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Slow to start, but well worth sticking with it.
Newly discovered Scandinavian author for me, and looking forward to reading more of his work
Published 17 months ago by Raine22
5.0 out of 5 stars The Princess of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson
Slow moving to start but becoming gradually more gripping and in the end I found I could not put it down.
Published 19 months ago by Mr S A Crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars It does go on .......
Good theme but the story goes on and on with little action and draws to an inconclusive ending. Felt reading this a total waste of time.
Published 21 months ago by Ross
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