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4.0 out of 5 stars Fear Not--Anne Holt
'Fear Not' is the fourth novel featuring Detective Inspector Adam Studo,
and his wife,the criminal profiler,Johanne Vik.It is the the most ambitious
one to date.
Studo is sent to Bergen to investigate the murder of a female Bishop.
Meanwhile in Oslo several other seemingly unrelated murders are being
discovered,and Johanne Vik's autistic daughter...
Published on 10 July 2011 by Simon Clarke

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3.0 out of 5 stars Overkill?
On Christmas Eve, the autistic teenage daughter of a criminologist is almost mown down by an Oslo city tram. Who is the stranger who rescues her? On the same night, a well-regarded and high-profile female bishop is slain on a quiet Bergen street. Random violence or murder with motive? And are the two events connected?

With these intriguing opening hooks, Anne...
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fear Not--Anne Holt, 10 July 2011
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Simon Clarke (Hackney, London) - See all my reviews
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'Fear Not' is the fourth novel featuring Detective Inspector Adam Studo,
and his wife,the criminal profiler,Johanne Vik.It is the the most ambitious
one to date.
Studo is sent to Bergen to investigate the murder of a female Bishop.
Meanwhile in Oslo several other seemingly unrelated murders are being
discovered,and Johanne Vik's autistic daughter appears to be the victim
of a stalker. The police in both Bergen and Oslo are puzzled,and making
slow progress,eventually Johanne Vik seems to see a connection between all
the disparate events.
The plot is complicated ,yet fully engaging ,as all the pieces come
together.The author also engages the reader in issues of tolerance,
hate crime,fundamentalist religious views and love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overkill?, 10 Dec 2012
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On Christmas Eve, the autistic teenage daughter of a criminologist is almost mown down by an Oslo city tram. Who is the stranger who rescues her? On the same night, a well-regarded and high-profile female bishop is slain on a quiet Bergen street. Random violence or murder with motive? And are the two events connected?

With these intriguing opening hooks, Anne Holt is off and running. Unfortunately, she then proceeds to run off in at least a dozen different directions. The odd ruminations of a gay billionaire. The gruesome body of a young illegal immigrant fished out of the dark, freezing fjord waters. An up-and-coming artist dead from an apparent drug overdose. A mysterious photograph that goes missing. The mouldering body of a missing lesbian. The murder of a young gay prostitute. The deeply suspicious, oh, I could go on and on. But so does the author. One would think that a writer of Anne Holt's experience would know that too many hooks spoil the broth.

Also, Ms Holt has a habit of linking her various scenarios in an overly cutesy way; this was clever to begin with but palled before long. The translation, by Marlaine Delargy, is excellent.

It added to the atmosphere to read this just before Christmas.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fear Not, 8 July 2011
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Oslo at Christmas: a corpse is pulled from the river, a liberal woman bishop is murdered, a woman waits at home for her wife to return from a trip abroad, an other wordly child is rescued from certain death by an enigmatic stranger. These events are all linked but how? This is quite a confusing book to read as it goes back and forth between the viewpoints of several characters, some of whom are not at all well developed so that it becomes quite difficult to know what is important and what isn't. Reading it on Kindle doesn't help as you can't easily flick back to find out who's who. It takes some time for the acton to really get going and the frequent jumps from one character to another make it quite a slow read. That said, though, when it did get going and you manage to work out who's who, it's not a bad read. Might be better to buy a hard copy though!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Scandi thrillers, 22 Mar 2014
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Brian R. Martin (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Anne Holt has written two series of crime novels, one featuring a disabled former detective, Hanne Wilhelmsen, and the other featuring a criminologist. Johanne Vik. I recently read (and reviewed) one of the first series (1222) and was not impressed, but in view of the authors reputation I decided to try the Vik series, of which this is one.

Joanne Vik works on hate crimes and is married to Adam, a detective with the Norwegian National Criminal Investigative Service, and through him learns of two apparently unrelated murders. One is of a female bishop, who was stabbed while inexplicably out walking alone late one very cold night near Christmas; and the other is of a young male prostitute, whose decomposed body is found in a river. Later, several other murders are committed, also apparently unrelated.

The breakthrough comes when an old friend of Joanne's, who she has not seen or communicated with for many years, sends her an email saying she will be visiting Oslo from America and would to meet up. By an unbelievable coincidence, the friend works for an organisation that keeps track of organisations that promote hate crimes of all types; racist, homophobic, religious etc. From the information the friend gives her, Joanne makes the link between the murders and then sets about persuading the police, without, remarkably, even informing her husband, who is working on the case of the murdered bishop. The link itself leaves open several obvious questions, such as `Why Norway?' when America is full of suitable victims. The answer is actually given at the end of the story, but is very unconvincing.

The above is the main theme of the book, but there are several other minor themes, one of which involves Joanne's autistic daughter Kristiane, who plays a central role in the opening dramatic scene. They contain a rich variety of characters, but don't really add much and are often rather confusing because of the disjoint way they are presented. The author frequently jumps from one story to another, with the breaks only indicated by a line between paragraphs. This device quickly becomes rather tiresome.

Although there are some good descriptions of detailed detective work, the unbelievable coincidence on which the solution hangs is a disappointment. There are also too many themes going on at the same time, each of which has a new set of characters, many of whom are essentially peripheral and barely described. Although better than 1222, I am still unimpressed by this author's contributions to the Scandi thriller genre. There are many better examples than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good gripping read....., 26 Sep 2012
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More Scandinavian noir.... Fear Not is a well written and fast paced story involving a series of apparently unconnected killings that are baffling the police service. Johanne Vik is a criminologist and not formally linked to the police but is married Adam who is a detective with the National Criminal Investigative Service. It is Johanne who makes the link between the murders - which all appear to be connected with homosexuality. An old friend now living in US visits and shares some of her research into hate groups currently active in the United States. But Johanne has to convince the police about the links and at the same time begins to feel that her own family is being threatened.

It is a pretty complicated story with a vast cast of characters. Many of these characters have obviously featured in earlier books by this author and we are frequently given brief accounts of their past lives. This is all done economically so does not detract from the flow of the narrative. I found some of the Norwegian names hard to remember - and had to work out whether Ingelen, SynnÝve, Kjetil and Silje were male or female!

A good, gripping read. I shall certainly look out for more books by Ann Holt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best read of the year, 22 July 2012
The murders were good ie the way they were supposedly set up was believable. The flitting backwards and forwards in short bursts between the different characters was tolerable providing you could flick back to check the links - I don't particularly like reading a book that you need to keep notes on to keep track of the characters and this was a bit like that.

The relationship between the lead characters ie Adam the senior detective and Johann his criminal psychologist wife (or something like that) was a bit of a stretch because she was just so wonderful and had worked it all out far more easily than him. If only life was that easy justice would be more swiftly and effectively rendered.

I had a bit of a problem with the preaching that went on in the novel delivered in the guise of working out the connection between the crimes and there were chunks of this. While I appreciate the need to determine motive there is a fine line between setting this out and setting out a personal agenda to the exclusion of all else.

And yes, I know, it is fiction so the same boundries do not apply as in real life, but while the book was well written it was all a bit too much for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grim, but nicely done, 30 Dec 2011
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This was a fairly tense mystery with a snowy Norwegian backdrop that's just perfect for this time of year. The themes, however, are grim and not at all merry - a good read, but by no means a light one. In the beginning the style felt a bit jumpy as the story moved between many viewpoint characters, but gradually the plot-lines started to converge and make sense as a coherent and satisfying whole.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, 21 Oct 2011
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This was the first of Holt's "Johanne Vik" series I'd read. I had been looking forward to it after reading 1222 last year and hoping for something as good, and while the story is very different, I wasn't disappointed.

The book is told from a number of points of view. There is Vik herself, a criminologist. There are several police officers, a couple of criminals, numerous victims and a wide supporting cast. This could all get confusing. It is certainly much more complex than 1222. However, Holt holds the story together with great technical skill and more than that, with a building sense of creepiness as well. None of the investigations seem to be getting anyway, and there are worrying shadows moving just in sight. Holt has a clever trick, which I'd never seen before reading her books, of covering the jumps between characters or scenes by having one point of continuity - for example, we might leave one character trying to sleep, to join another who is waking up. Or she may echo a word or phrase, or continue a train of thought. IT produces some notable effects, almost as though her characters are reading each others' thoughts.

The book begins with a heart stopping scene outside a hotel in the depths of winter. It continues with the murder of a bishop. What was she doing out in the forest so late at night? We don't learn until the end. Nor does the connection with (and between) a bewilderingly different series of murders and deaths become clear until almost the last page. Instead, we see Vik and various police officers struggling with the separate cases while Vik worries about her autistic daughter, Kristianne. The relationship between mother and daughter, and the character of Kristianne herself, are done very convincingly - more perhaps (my only criticism of the book) than Holt's slightly parallel reality which is part of the backdrop to the book, as it is to her parallel series of which 1222 is part. (The series are clearly meant to exist in the same reality, with references to the central character of 1222 for example). I'm hopeful of being able to follow both series from the start as they are published in English.

Overall, a compelling, page turning mystery
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4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable, 12 Jun 2014
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Gripping read. Not quite as good as Death in Oslo but keeps you hooked throughout. As always, it's fun trying to work out what ties all these people together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love JV series, 13 May 2014
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Really well written series, developing nicely and up there with The Stieg Larrssons etc - if you are looking for a new series try this
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