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Sohlberg and The Gift: an Inspector Sohlberg mystery (Inspector Sohlberg Series Book 2) by [Amundsen, Jens]
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2.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in Inspector Sohlberg Series (4 Book Series)
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About the Author

Jens Amundsen is the pen name of an attorney whose literary anonymity protects him and his clients from the powers that be and want to be.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Nynorsk Forlag (3 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FWOA7E
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the first Jens Amundsen novel I've read.I'm a "Nordic Noir" enthusiast of many years standing and while I found the plot of this one clever and believable I was intensely irritated by typo errors;e.g.:"discrete" for "discreet" many times throughout,""hanged"where it should have been "hung" and a general clumsiness of phrasing.The language limps and stammers where it should flow and this spoiled what I feel could be a very compelling novel.
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I read /have read a large amount of detective /police procedural novels over the years and whilst this was an easy to read and generally enjoyable book there were some negative elements of it that for me outweighed the positives. I fully appreciate that for dramatic reasons in most detective stories the lead character is often portrayed as a bit of a maverick, who gets the results in the main because to doesn’t follow all the rules and that elements of the story will go beyond normal life. In this story, however, there were too many simply ‘unbelievable’ strands that the overall impact was to make the whole thing so unrealistic as to be disappointing. I cannot go into details about these elements as this would be to give away too much of the plot for anyone else who wants to read the book.
Will not be seeking out further titles by the author.
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I'm assuming this book was originally published in Norwegian and has been translated into English. If I'm wrong and the author is a native English-speaker then I'm amazed it got published, really.

The story itself is pretty good and some of the characters have depth to them. But the prose is pretty dreadful. If one of my teenaged sons had written this I'd be sending it back with criticism of repetition, spelling errors, and just poor use of language.

I don't know how it reads in the original so hard to say whether to blame Amundsen or his translator, but the publisher should be shot.
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This was a strange book and certain aspects of it were a bit upsetting. In general it was a good story but the authors descriptions of some things was a bit too graphic for me, I did wonder at times about the sanity of the author and will not read any more of his books in a hurry.
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This book serves to illustrste that basing stories in Scandanavia or other bleak countries does not a good crime novel make. This was acceptable but lacked the detailed characterisation of Mankell and the sheer terrible decriptive powers of Nesbo.I will give others in the series a go to see how things develop with furtherreading.
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This book is either dreadfully written or dreadfully translated - it was really hard to read though the plot did have potential. Also never a page goes by without a political point being made in a heavy handed and naive way. It gets really irritating. Henning Mankell or Jo Nesbo this isn't and I shan't bother with another Sohlberg book.
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These two books by Jens Amundsen are amongst the worst I've ever read. I thought that the first was an aberration of some sort - badly written, poorly plotted and with stereotypical and badly drawn characters with whom it was impossible to identify in any way.
The only reason I started the second was that I had bought both at once in order to have back-up holiday reading.
As soon as I began, I realised what a mistake I had made and, reckoning that life is too short I stopped after three pages. This one was even more sexist, racist, elitist and any other 'ist' you can think of than the previous one and so, reckoning that life is too short, I stopped reading after one chapter.
Since then I have warned anyone I know to avoid this author like the plague. He gives Nordic noir a bad name, but has taught me a valuable lesson insofar as I will know never again to type such a broad category into the search engine as I may end up with stinkers like these.
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I was surprised at the racist views of the main protagonist. Either the author is very brave to present such a character or these views are his own. It reads in places like a right wing manifesto and is often repetitive.
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