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Tangled plot, but without the ring of authenticity.
on 17 October 2013
This book has a plot that bowls along at a cracking pace, full of twists and turns, and I enjoyed much of it. For this reason I devoured it quickly, but was constantly nagged by the feeling that something was wrong. I can't explain this properly without spoiling the plot, so I won't. I'll just say that the writer writes from several different points of view in turn, and he does this in a way that deceives the reader. Thus the identity of the murderer is concealed from the reader, and the possibility of working out whodunnit by logical processes is denied us; the final outcome bears little relationship to what has gone before. The writing style is straightforward and easy. I liked the bits about Malmo, even though they did occasionally read like a tourist guide, but found the frequent 'stunning Swedish blond - nudge nudge, wink wink' references a bit irritating. In spite of these reservations, this was not a bad book, but not good enough to make me want to read more in this series.