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Overlong and repetitive...,
This review is from: The Killing 1 (Hardcover)
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Having missed the first series of The Killing, I came fresh to the novel with no preconceptions. I'm afraid I found it a rather disappointing experience. The characterisation is OK and once the initial irritation with the overuse of short, verbless sentences wore off the writing style is quite readable. But the book is far too long, packed with detailed and repetitive descriptions of what everyone is wearing and what they look like. To tell us once or even two or three times that Lund has large, staring eyes might be useful but by the tenth time it begins to irritate, and given that Theis wears red overalls and a black hat throughout, I didn't feel a description of his clothes was strictly necessary each time he appeared.
The plot is complex, involving politics and corruption as well as murder. But the method of detection seemed to be for our detective Lund to look at each man in turn, decide he was guilty, reveal this to the family and media thus destroying his life and then come across a piece of evidence indicating someone else might be guilty - and then round the same cycle again, often revisiting suspects who had previously been 'cleared'. By page 400 of this 600 page book, I had lost interest and the last third was a struggle to get through. And I'm afraid the climax did nothing to restore my good opinion.
For people who enjoyed the TV series, this may perhaps add something to their understanding of the background of the characters, but as a standalone crime novel it is too detailed, too long and too repetitive to thrill.