Three Dog Night Hardcover – 18 Jul 2013
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Egholm is a better storyteller than most other female crime writers ... It's thrilling and brutal (Ekstra Bladet)
Add to this the supple language and the evocative descriptions of beauty as well as ugliness on Djursland, and the result is a highly recommended, bleak and captivating crime novel (Information)
Both plot and characters go full throttle ... How it all connects is both surprising and imaginative (Politiken)
The story is captivating and well told. The book has some cleverly turned twists in a focused narrative where the expected truths emerge during the dramatical final stand-off (metroXpress)
Elsebeth Egholm is a bestselling Danish crime author published in the UK for the first time.See all Product description
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translated into English.It contains all the ingredients that
generally make for a successful crime novel.
The adept plotting draws seemingly disparate events and
characters together as the story progresses.The characterisation
shows considerable psychological insight,and renders the violent
scenes,whilst not pleasant,certainly consistent .
Excellent. An author to look out for.
She wrote the story that the TV series "Those Who Kill" was based on. I watched this about a year ago but admit it didn't really impress me. I found it lagged a long way behind "The Bridge", "The Killing" or "Borgen". How much that was due to Elsebeth's writing or the TV production I don't know.
This novel is set in an isolated region of Denmark and is an engaging read with several strong main characters, both police and "civilians".
Peter is an ex-con who works as a carpenter but also paints pictures as his hobby. He tried to retreat from people after his release from prison, and lives happily alone with his dog until he comes across a dead body while out walking.
Also coming across the dead body is a woman who lives nearby. The woman known as Felix, is also retreating from life after losing her daughter and husband some years before.
Both these characters have seen the dead man before and both start out denying it to the police. Despite having never spoken to each other before events are triggered that soon cause them to become close.
The plot involves drugs, lost money and dirty dealings.
The writer includes lots of comments and judgements on the current state of affairs in modern Denmark, many of which are just the same as we have here in the UK.
What makes the most difference is the landscapes and the cold. The night the story starts is New Years Eve It is very very cold and that's where the Three Dog Night reference comes from. It is an Austrailian Aboriginal saying. Instead of sleeping curled up with one or two dogs, on such a cold night you need a third to lay on top!
The other main thread to the plot is that the same night a young girl goes missing and is believed to have drowned in the nearby freezing sea as she staggered drunkenly outside wearing only flimsy clothing.
This is the first book in what promises to be another good series of Nordic Noir.
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