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  • 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)
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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

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The book that inspired the brand new Swedish TV series Modus. Johanne Vik and Adam Stubo investigate a chilling murder case in Oslo.

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Five stars definitely hope there will be another novel in this series want to know how all the characters are getting on
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very well written and very enjoyable.
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Very good and intelligent crime mystery.
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'Fear Not' is the fourth novel featuring Detective Inspector Adam Studo,
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.
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By D. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was the first of Holt's "Johanne Vik" series I'd read. I had been looking forward to it after reading 1222 last year and hoping for something as good, and while the story is very different, I wasn't disappointed.

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.
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By SueKich TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2012
Format: Hardcover
On Christmas Eve, the autistic teenage daughter of a criminologist is almost mown down by an Oslo city tram. Who is the stranger who rescues her? On the same night, a well-regarded and high-profile female bishop is slain on a quiet Bergen street. Random violence or murder with motive? And are the two events connected?

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.
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By Brian R. Martin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2014
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Anne Holt has written two series of crime novels, one featuring a disabled former detective, Hanne Wilhelmsen, and the other featuring a criminologist. Johanne Vik. I recently read (and reviewed) one of the first series (1222) and was not impressed, but in view of the authors reputation I decided to try the Vik series, of which this is one.

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.
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