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4.0 out of 5 stars Hewson Makes a Killing!, 4 April 2014
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This review is from: The Killing 3 (Hardcover)
When I read that David Hewson had written a novel based on the Danish TV series, The Killing, and despite Hewson being an established and respected writer of detective crime fiction (set in Italy) I was still reluctant to purchase the book. However, thanks to excellent reviews in the media and recommendations from book stores I decided to invest. It is unusual for a book to be based on a TV series but Hewson has risen to the challenge with remarkable skill and having thoroughly enjoyed both The Killing 1 and 2 I had no hesitation in buying Hewson's adaption of the third and final part of the Danish series.

This novel is once again a tour de force for David Hewson and while the atmosphere of the series is masterfully reproduced and the plot is almost identical, Hewson himself has said that the adaptations are works of fiction in their own right and consequently, The Killing 3 is a fascinating story and a stand alone novel. If you have seen The Killing 3 on television then you can expect quite a few surprises and a completely different ending.

To paraphrase the plot, Sarah Lund is contacted by her ex-lover, Mathias Borch, now working with National Intelligence who fears that what was first considered a random killing on the docks could quite well turn out to be the precursor of an assassination attempt on the Prime minister, Troels Hartmann. A shipping and oil company, Zeeland , owned by billionaire Robert Zeuthen becomes the focus of attention.

When Zeuthen's 9 year-old daughter is kidnapped the investigation takes on a new complexion as it soon becomes clear that her abduction is linked to the murder of a young girl in Jutland some years earlier.This case is very reminiscent of The Killing 1 and equally absorbing; as always, the writing is concise and clear and the dialogue true, insofar as possible, to the TV series.

Of course this novel is so much more than a thrilling crime story as it deals with the world of politics, big business and press machinations. Troels Hartmann is in the middle of a closely-fought and tough-tactics election campaign.

Lund's personal life is as intriguing, complicated and as angst-ridden as ever and that Hewson succeeds in translating Lund's character as perceived on television to a novel is a feat of masterly proportions.

I was hooked from the first page and would highly recommend this book to readers in general and to fans of the genre in particular.
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