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Three in a row,
This review is from: The Fire Witness (Hardcover)
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It seems an odd coincidence that, having read 'The Keeper' which gave us a Detective with almost miraculous intuition (by getting himself into the mind of the killer) we are now back to Joona Linna, the creation of Lars Keppler. Joona Linna, a Finn working in Sweden, similarly makes it his job to get into the mindset of the killer.
I have to say, Keppler does a much better job at allowing this intuition to progress the story. It was difficult not to compare the two books which is a little unfair but the Kepplers know their job. Their two previous books were excellent and this one is even better, if that's possible.
It's a gripping story and one which doesn't leave go until the end. There is little doubt in my mind that were we to compare authors, Lars Keppler is certainly alongside Jo Nesbo in the way they can hold the reader with twists and turns, excellent character building and a story which is quite different but perfectly acceptable. I really enjoyed it. And more, Joona Linna does rank alongside Harry Hole though, fortunately, without the angst and self-destruction so prevalent in Harry Hole.
Linna rebels against most of his superiors except for his immediate boss who has a kindly disposition towards the man, probably because he knows Joona will get the job done and, I think, secretly admires the way he treads on loftier toes.
If you've followed the series, you'll know Joona has unfinished business with his own family. We follow him, too, as this story begins to unfold.
Anyway, buy the book if you like Scandanavian thrillers (even if the detective is Nordic!). Actually, buy the book just because it is a well written, well crafted thriller in its own right and will hold your reading interest to the end.