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on 31 December 2014
I don't understand how this book gets three and a half stars. Most people seemed to hate it, as I did.
The translation is American English, "different than", gallons, feet and inches and such. Sohlberg, the detective seems to be a very grumpy person. He complains about the Norwegian habit of addressing people by their first name, but is longing to get back to Mormon America. He takes many swipes at Norwegian police, who he seems to regard as corrupt and useless. He complains that someone had to go to Sweden for treatment for a particular medical condition. They should be able to get everything in Norway.
He complains about the jail system in Norway, which is the envy of the western world with a 20% re-offending rate compared to Britain's 60%. But he appears to want a system that extracts revenge, presumably one of our basest instincts. He also complains about "our Pakistani immigrants" who apparently were involved in a shoot-out. Nothing about the right wing Norwegian who murdered so many young people a couple of years ago. In fact Sohlberg comes over as a right wing nationalist who dislikes modern Norway, preferring Viking Norway.
The ending is very contrived with the evidence pulled out of nowhere.