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4.0 out of 5 stars Lethal Investments --K.O.Dahl
Although 'Lethal Investments' is the fourth novel, featuring the Oslo
detectives Gunnarstranda and Frolich ,to be published in English,it is
the first in the series.Despite being published out of written order,
one's enjoyment is not spoiled.
When Reiden Rosendal,a young single attractive woman is murdered in her
apartment,the man she slept with...
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by Simon Clarke

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid and somewhat stolid
A young woman is killed rather brutally and the crime is linked firstly to her one night stand. However when he is also killed then the clues point to her employers. She works for a small IT company who are clearly operating a scam. The owner has a track record of setting up bogus companies and disappearing with the investments. He had also had an affair with the first...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lethal Investments --K.O.Dahl, 19 Sep 2011
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Simon Clarke (Hackney, London) - See all my reviews
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Although 'Lethal Investments' is the fourth novel, featuring the Oslo
detectives Gunnarstranda and Frolich ,to be published in English,it is
the first in the series.Despite being published out of written order,
one's enjoyment is not spoiled.
When Reiden Rosendal,a young single attractive woman is murdered in her
apartment,the man she slept with that night becomes a suspect.He is then
murdered ,and the two detectives switch their attention onto Reiden's
employers, a shady computer company.
In a sense the story is a traditional 'whodunnit',with the detectives
relying,not so much on traditional spade-work,but rather interviews and
intuition,in order to discover the culprit.
This is both a satisfying read in itself ,and also a good introduction-for
those who have not encountered them before -to the fascinating detectives
Gunnarstranda and Frolich.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 Jan 2013
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Brillliant. Extremely well written. The narrative is very pacey, holds your attention and carries your interest forward page by page. A real page turner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fist Dahl read for me, 16 Feb 2013
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Characters a little unusual,took a little getting used to but a good read,guessing until the end.Wil try the next translated book by this author.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First novel in solid, absorbing Norwegian detective series, 10 Nov 2011
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Maxine Clarke "Maxine of Petrona" (Kingston upon Thames, Surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Finally, 18 years after initial publication, English-language customers are able to read the first of K O Dahl's Oslo detective series. I have previously read the three other novels in this series (so far numbering eight) that have been translated, in reverse order to that in which they were written. (Dahl is not the only Nordic author to suffer this fate.) I highly recommend these books to those who like classic police procedurals, as it is now possible to read the first four books in the right order, which is preferable to the way I read them, given that one of the themes is the relationship between the older, balding, small Gunnarstranda and his junior, taller colleague Frank Frolich. In Lethal Investments, Frolich does not think much of Gunnarstranda at the start, but as this book, and future volumes, pan out, the relationship between the men changes. We also follow the tracks of their personal lives, as Gunnarstranda mourns the death of wife (which took place four years before Lethal Investments opens) and Frolich begins a relationship with commune-liver Eva-Britt - a relationship with plenty of ups and downs.

But the main plots of these novels concern in each case a crime, with all the details of Gunnarstranda's and Frolich's investigation, along the way providing nuggets of information about Norwegian lifestyles and attitudes. Lethal Investments begins with the death of a young woman, Reidun Rosendal, after she's spent the night in her apartment with a young man. Did he murder her before he left in the morning, or did someone else commit the deed later? The detectives start by interviewing the neighbours, including a repellent old man who lives across the street who spied on the lovely Reidun, and continue by talking to Reidun's colleagues where she worked at a company called Software Partners.

The first two-thirds of the book is quite slow, as Gunnarstranda and Frolich follow up different leads which we see filtered through each man's prejudices and perceptions. I enjoyed encountering the different (mostly non-admirable) people whom the detectives interview, the gritty, honestly up-front social mosaic that is built up as the book progresses, as well as all the rude, cynical byplay between the two main characters - beautifully conveyed by Don Bartlett's typically naturalistic and smooth translation. The latter part of the book moves the action on when two more murders occur - which, together with a coincidence or two and a dash of intuition in Gunnarstranda's case, allow the cops to home in on the evidence they need to support their hypothesis about the crime. I found it quite easy to work out what was going on and who was behind the crimes, but this didn't spoil my enjoyment of this classic crime novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid and somewhat stolid, 14 April 2013
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A young woman is killed rather brutally and the crime is linked firstly to her one night stand. However when he is also killed then the clues point to her employers. She works for a small IT company who are clearly operating a scam. The owner has a track record of setting up bogus companies and disappearing with the investments. He had also had an affair with the first victim.

There is some good characterisation in the book but the outcome is easily worked out by about halfway. Having said that it is a logical conclusion and a believable plot, unlike many in this genre the novel does not go into the realms of extreme fantasy.

This is a sound example but does not set the pulse racing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lethal Investments, 28 Oct 2012
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Disappointing. There were far too many characters and it was difficult to empathise with any of them. I found the plot somewhat mundane and rather disjointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Scandinavian disappointment, 24 April 2012
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I was hoping for another intriguing and absorbing police novel but this was not the case. To start with, the translation was unbelievably poor with vocabulary and phrases that are not used currently in the English language. The story had a promising basis but the plot was very thin and there was a lot of repetition by the main characters of the clues they had. Their personalities were well-drawn but they were poorly served by the storyline.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well plotted and written, 10 Feb 2012
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Although the characterisation of the two detectives is a bit laboured and tends to slow the pace, this novel is crisply written, revolving around a clever plot. Maybe not the greatest example of Scandinavian crime fiction out there on the market at present, but still a good read.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scandinavian pot boiler, 18 April 2012
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This is a Mankell-Larsson look-alike but without the writing skill.Both characterisation and plot are somewhat weak.OK for passing the time if there is nothing better on the shelf!
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