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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755397819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755397815
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 916,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Egholm is a better storyteller than most other female crime writers ... It's thrilling and brutal (Ekstra Bladet)

Add to this the supple language and the evocative descriptions of beauty as well as ugliness on Djursland, and the result is a highly recommended, bleak and captivating crime novel (Information)

Both plot and characters go full throttle ... How it all connects is both surprising and imaginative (Politiken)

The story is captivating and well told. The book has some cleverly turned twists in a focused narrative where the expected truths emerge during the dramatical final stand-off (metroXpress)

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Elsebeth Egholm is a bestselling Danish crime author published in the UK for the first time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2013
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Author Elsebeth Egholm is a bestselling Danish author and this is the first of her books translated into English. Often novels translated for the UK market tend to be published out of series order, but the blurb on the back of this book said it was "the start of a thrilling new crime series featuring ex-convict Peter Boutrup" and it certainly read like a first novel (introducing characters and places), so I am hopeful that the publishers have taken note of readers wishes for once.

Set in the small town of Grena in East Jutland, Denmark, this book is set in the middle of a freezing winter - and having experienced winter in Denmark that is very cold indeed. The novel begins on New Years Eve, with Peter Boutrup returning from a party. Having recently been released from prison, he is endeavouring to get his life back to normal - working for builder Manfred, living in his tiny house with his dog and only his reclusive new neighbour Felix (Felicia) nearby, and enjoying his hobbies of reading and painting. Intruding into his new peace comes ex-con Stinger, an old face from Horsens Prison. Stinger was meant to be meeting up with Ramses; the two plotting to finding the stash of a drug smuggler who died in prison. Then, Stinger goes missing and Peter's dog finds the body of Ramses on the beach. The same night a local girl goes missing on her way home from a party and, before long, any hope of a peaceful new life has been put on hold.

This is a novel with many characters; Peter and Felix, who are thrown together to try to solve the mystery, Mark Billie Hansen, the head of the East Jutland Police, relocated to a rural area after eight years in Copenhagen, his old lover and superior Anna Bagger and diver Kir among them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EllyBlue TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2013
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I love Scandinavian crime novels. There's something about the sparse, cold landscapes and the apparently well-ordered Scandinavian societies which makes a perfect backdrop for crime fiction. This novel, the first in a series by Danish writer Elsebeth Egholm is a very good addition to the genre. You can really feel the cold here! It's never going to be good news when a body is found at the bottom of some cliffs turns out to have connections with Peter Botrup who is quietly trying to rebuild his life after time spent in prison. To make things worse, a young girl goes missing at the same time, and Botrup finds himself trying to figure out what has happened. It is an interesting twist to have an ex-convict turn investigator, and Botrup's character has sufficient complexity to sustain interest for other books in the series. The police officers involved in the investigation are quite well-drawn, and I found the descriptions of the Danish cold particularly evocative. If you enjoy Scandinavian crime, then this is definitely one to try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Fleming on 4 Mar. 2014
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I really enjoyed this book, which is set in Jutland, Denmark. The characters are well put together, the plot moves with a tremendous sense of pace and new elements of the plot seem to suggest themselves, rather than get pushed on you.

It’s a tale of redemption – up to a point – and they can be a little predictable. But there’s enough other stuff going on for you to discount any concerns you might have of this being in any way clichéd.

An ex-convict, following the straight and narrow, finds himself dragged back toward the life he hoped to escape, following a series of seeming unconnected events – a young woman goes missing, the body of a fellow inmate gets washed ashore, and a mysterious neighbour with secrets she is running from.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Margaret A. Layton on 11 Sept. 2014
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Excellent , best I have read in a long time. This Danish thriller features the unlikely hero, Peter Boutrup , just released from prison for manslaughter. Following the discovery of the body of an old acquaintance from the bad times, he teams up with equally misfit neighbour, Felix, to find out why it happened. The book is full of action - lots of cliffhangers, and even more odd characters among the police and crooks alike. Very little is predictable, I hope there are more to follow from this splendid writer.
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By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2014
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The recently translated’ Three Dog Night’ is by Danish best seller author Elsebeth Egholm who uses her own country for its setting with action in the throes of a Baltic winter. Ex-convict Peter Boutrup is trying to start a new life, but he stumbles across murders that seem connected to the past he wants to put behind him. To identify a few of the other numerous characters there is Peter’s neighbour who is traumatized after an accident that killed her family, a policeman returning to his home town with a debilitating condition, a policewoman with whom he had a liaison but who is now his superior, and a female diver attempting to follow her passion in a male dominated world. In addition there are murder victims and their associates, both helpful and aggressive prostitutes, good and evil criminals etc. – if there is a common thread it is that everyone has skeletons in their cupboards!

‘Three Dog Night’ is a complex and compelling gripping page-turner of a murder mystery, but unfortunately it depends on just too many coincidental relationships between the huge cast of characters. To be fair and in spite of deliberate interweaving of various individuals and episodes, the author skilfully separates the unofficial actions of Peter and his neighbour from the formal police investigations. Inevitably these converge as tensions increase and brutality escalates. There many strands to the story with evidence leading down a variety of avenues, and yet they end up pointing in the same direction. As the book’s strong characters exhibit weaknesses and shortcomings the plot becomes much more than a whodunit thriller, and in addition to murder there are biker gangs, sabotage, dysfunctional family etc. The denouement may seem rushed but it sets up a sequel – publicity blurb states ‘Three Dog Night’ is the start of a new crime series featuring ex-convict Peter Boutrup.
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