- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Corvus; Tie-In edition (17 Nov. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782398708
- ISBN-13: 978-1782398707
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Modus: Originally published as Fear Not (Vik/Stubo) Paperback – 17 Nov 2016
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Anne Holt reveals how truly dark it gets in Scandinavia Val McDermid Lively, unusual and persuasive. Holt writes with the command we have come to expect from the top Scandinavian writers The Times It's easy to see why Anne Holt, the former minister of justice in Norway and its bestselling female crime writer, is rapturously received in the rest of Europe. Guardian Step aside, Stieg Larsson, Holt is the queen of Scandinavian crime thrillers. Red Magazine Anne Holt is a thriller writer of the highest order -- Liza Marklund Sleek... picturesque... psychological... frightening... I'm hooked: Financial Times A handsome Swedish crime drama: Observer Patiently paced and stylish to look at: Daily Mail -- Reviews for BBC4's MODUS production
The book that inspired the brand new Swedish TV series Modus. Johanne Vik and Adam Stubo investigate a chilling murder case in Oslo.See all Product description
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and his wife,the criminal profiler,Johanne Vik.It is the the most ambitious
one to date.
Studo is sent to Bergen to investigate the murder of a female Bishop.
Meanwhile in Oslo several other seemingly unrelated murders are being
discovered,and Johanne Vik's autistic daughter appears to be the victim
of a stalker. The police in both Bergen and Oslo are puzzled,and making
slow progress,eventually Johanne Vik seems to see a connection between all
the disparate events.
The plot is complicated ,yet fully engaging ,as all the pieces come
together.The author also engages the reader in issues of tolerance,
hate crime,fundamentalist religious views and love.
The book is told from a number of points of view. There is Vik herself, a criminologist. There are several police officers, a couple of criminals, numerous victims and a wide supporting cast. This could all get confusing. It is certainly much more complex than 1222. However, Holt holds the story together with great technical skill and more than that, with a building sense of creepiness as well. None of the investigations seem to be getting anyway, and there are worrying shadows moving just in sight. Holt has a clever trick, which I'd never seen before reading her books, of covering the jumps between characters or scenes by having one point of continuity - for example, we might leave one character trying to sleep, to join another who is waking up. Or she may echo a word or phrase, or continue a train of thought. IT produces some notable effects, almost as though her characters are reading each others' thoughts.
The book begins with a heart stopping scene outside a hotel in the depths of winter. It continues with the murder of a bishop. What was she doing out in the forest so late at night? We don't learn until the end. Nor does the connection with (and between) a bewilderingly different series of murders and deaths become clear until almost the last page. Instead, we see Vik and various police officers struggling with the separate cases while Vik worries about her autistic daughter, Kristianne.Read more ›
With these intriguing opening hooks, Anne Holt is off and running. Unfortunately, she then proceeds to run off in at least a dozen different directions. The odd ruminations of a gay billionaire. The gruesome body of a young illegal immigrant fished out of the dark, freezing fjord waters. An up-and-coming artist dead from an apparent drug overdose. A mysterious photograph that goes missing. The mouldering body of a missing lesbian. The murder of a young gay prostitute. The deeply suspicious, oh, I could go on and on. But so does the author. One would think that a writer of Anne Holt's experience would know that too many hooks spoil the broth.
Also, Ms Holt has a habit of linking her various scenarios in an overly cutesy way; this was clever to begin with but palled before long. The translation, by Marlaine Delargy, is excellent.
It added to the atmosphere to read this just before Christmas.
Joanne Vik works on hate crimes and is married to Adam, a detective with the Norwegian National Criminal Investigative Service, and through him learns of two apparently unrelated murders. One is of a female bishop, who was stabbed while inexplicably out walking alone late one very cold night near Christmas; and the other is of a young male prostitute, whose decomposed body is found in a river. Later, several other murders are committed, also apparently unrelated.
The breakthrough comes when an old friend of Joanne's, who she has not seen or communicated with for many years, sends her an email saying she will be visiting Oslo from America and would to meet up. By an unbelievable coincidence, the friend works for an organisation that keeps track of organisations that promote hate crimes of all types; racist, homophobic, religious etc. From the information the friend gives her, Joanne makes the link between the murders and then sets about persuading the police, without, remarkably, even informing her husband, who is working on the case of the murdered bishop. The link itself leaves open several obvious questions, such as `Why Norway?' when America is full of suitable victims. The answer is actually given at the end of the story, but is very unconvincing.Read more ›
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Another chilling tale with a twist; Anne Holt succeeds in combining sexual politics with crime in a way that brings her characters to life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
really gripping. I watched the TV swedish version first and had difficulty imagining the geography as a consequencePublished 5 months ago by Dr. Stephen K. Tagg
I watched the TV series of this book and must admit thought the book wasn't as good, but I still enjoyed it nevertheless.Published 6 months ago by Jean
An excellent and well written crime procedural. My only criticism would be that, for me, it didn't have a great deal of suspense - it wasn't a 'page-turner'. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Anne Holt has created characters that make you want to keep turning the pages always hungry for more on to the next one!Published 7 months ago by mark jenkins
This isn't her best by a long way. It started really well and I was gripped but all the way through right up till the very end she was introducing new characters and I'd sort of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lynda Kelly
Good book I enjoyed it very much!As always good Norwegian story.Published 16 months ago by anita hamley