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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric with great characters and setting
This is a very atmospheric, measured book with a strong sense of place. The author is very good at sketching the characters of the detectives, the suspects, and the supporting cast. He provides a revealing look at Norwiegian society by showing how the murder victim, a domineering, patriarchal antiques dealer and Resistance veteran, affects the people around him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy
The plot was enjoyable, but his characterisation is sometimes flat - especially of the two main policemen. His books are quite popular in Norway, I believe, so maybe it's the translation, but I don't think so as some passages and characters are much richer than others. I also find it hard when I don't have any sympathy for any of the characters in a book - I actually...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric with great characters and setting, 8 July 2008
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This review is from: The Man in the Window (Paperback)
This is a very atmospheric, measured book with a strong sense of place. The author is very good at sketching the characters of the detectives, the suspects, and the supporting cast. He provides a revealing look at Norwiegian society by showing how the murder victim, a domineering, patriarchal antiques dealer and Resistance veteran, affects the people around him.
The author also pictures relationships very convincingly and although both detectives are mysteriously attractive to women, the depiction of the relationships never seems false.
If I were to criticise, there are a few too many twists in the final quarter of the book, which slightly detract from the author's careful attempts to set the scene at the start.
I would also say that although this is the second book by KO Dahl to be translated into english, it actually takes place before "The Fourth Man". If this book is read first it throws more light on the relationship between the two detectives Gunnastranda and Frolich in that 'first' book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, 17 July 2010
This review is from: The Man in the Window (Paperback)
The plot was enjoyable, but his characterisation is sometimes flat - especially of the two main policemen. His books are quite popular in Norway, I believe, so maybe it's the translation, but I don't think so as some passages and characters are much richer than others. I also find it hard when I don't have any sympathy for any of the characters in a book - I actually dislike the two detectives.

I do also feel that his books are a little salacious for my taste. Overall, if you're interested in books set in Oslo then buy it. But there are better Scandinavian authors around e.g Johan Theorin, Håken Nesser, Henning Mankell.
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