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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447208420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447208426
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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fans of Stieg Larsson s and Henning Mankell s social commentary will appreciate Hewson s critique on terror and immigration in a Scandinavian country. Library Journal Xpress Online"

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'[David Hewson] has taken what was television gold and turned it into literary gold' Telegraph --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By ahiranta TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Mar. 2013
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Enjoyed reading it on my gadget but not as much as part 1. I have never seen the TV series on which it is based, so for me it was all fresh and new. I enjoyed the last part of the book where as I sometimes wondered why I was reading this again during the first part of the book.
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I hope that there are more on the way...
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Lund's disregard for authority makes this most readable. On too The Killing 3.
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After reading The Killing 1, I couldn't wait to start this. It's a lot slower start than its predecessor and there are a lot of characters. My hero, Sarah Lund, is back with her new partner, Ulrik Strange. It is so fast paced my heart was beating so rapidly as if drew to its conclusion and the perpetrator was unmasked. There are so many twists and turns its hard to know who you think the murderer is.

The main events take place around the army barracks where Jens Peter Raben is trying to prove his innocence in an atrocity which took place in Afghanistan some two years previously. He has amnesia which makes his memory of the events, of course, very blurred. He is married to Louise and has a little son, Jonas. Louise is the daughter of Colonel Torsten Jarnvig who doesn't have a very high opinion of his son in law.

There are a number of violent murders of the soldiers who were witnesses to the atrocity, and also the murder of one Anne Dragsholm, a lawyer who had uncovered the person behind the cover up. There seems to be a few government ministers involved also with Thomas Buch, newly appointed Minister of Justice, trying to unravel the mystery within the government.

This is an absolutely brilliant read and anyone who loves this genre shouldn't miss it.
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If you've read and enjoyed the first book then you won't be disappointed.
If you haven't read the first book you will still be able to enjoy this one and follow the story, however I'd recommend reading them in order so that you understand the depth of the main character, Lund.

After having been forced to move to a Danish outpost town working with border control, former homicide detective Lund is requested to return to the homicide team to help solve an apparent terrorist murder.
As more murders occur and Lund's all seeing eyes uncover flaws in the terrorist theory, a military cover-up seems the more likely answer... but who is to blame and why do they so desperately need to silence anyone who may know?

As with the first book, there are twists at every turn, and once again the government and politics feature heavily.

Enjoyable and gripping!
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Our heroin Sarah Lund who was one of the most determined yet unconventional detectives in Copenhagen finds herself demoted and working in a remote northern outpost. (For those that haven’t read the first book in the series, the circumstances of her demotion are detailed in that book.) She is asked to return to Copenhagen to advise on a case where a female human rights lawyer is murdered in circumstances that suggested a new Islamic extremists group is in operation. As more murders are committed in the name of the terrorist group, Sarah Lund sees a pattern developing which suggests to her terrorist are not behind the killing. As the story unfolds she meets with resistance to her ideas not only from her colleagues, but also from the army and some top politicians. This does not stop her from pursuing her own line of inquiry while others in influential positions try to stop her.
Although the formula is similar to the first book in the series it is a formula that works. ‘The Killing 2’ is just as enjoyable as the first book. It is well paced and has many twists and turns that keeps you turning the pages until you arrive at an unexpected but well-crafted ending. I would recommend this book to anyone that has read ‘The Killing’. If you haven’t, I would advise you to read ‘The Killing’ first as this book does refer back to it. However, it is a book that can still be enjoyed in its own right.
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I approached this book with moderate expectations. As most people agreed, I think, the TV The Killing 2 wasn't quite as satisfying as the brilliant Series 1, or indeed as Series 3. The flaws in the TV series in my opinion centred round a not completely plausible tie in with the Afghanistan conflict and rather hard-to-credit discoveries by Sara Lund in a very short visit to that country. This novel, like Hewson's version of the first series, does not follow the TV plot precisely. I thought the TV version of the original The Killing was more satisfying than Hewson's variations on it. But, this time, it was the other way round. I found the novel of The Killing 2 more engaging and more convincing than the TV one.
I've given it 4 stars rather than 5 with hesitation. Reading a novel based on a TV series which you have already seen inevitably reduces the impact. You know the bones of the plot already. Someone reading the novel blind might well think it was worth 5 stars. It is well-crafted and well-written and gripping. David S
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