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A page-turning adaptation of the first season of the original Danish television series The Killing, from the author of the Detective Nic Costa series

Through the dark wood where the dead trees give no shelter Nanna Birk Larsen runs . . . There is a bright monocular eye that follows, like a hunter after a wounded deer. It moves in a slow approaching zigzag, marching through the Pineseskoven wasteland, through the Pentecost Forest. The chill water, the fear, his ...

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Overview

A page-turning adaptation of the first season of the original Danish television series The Killing, from the author of the Detective Nic Costa series

Through the dark wood where the dead trees give no shelter Nanna Birk Larsen runs . . . There is a bright monocular eye that follows, like a hunter after a wounded deer. It moves in a slow approaching zigzag, marching through the Pineseskoven wasteland, through the Pentecost Forest. The chill water, the fear, his presence not so far away . . . There is one torchlight on her now, the single blazing eye. And it is here.

Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department before moving to Sweden. But everything changes when 19-year-old student Nanna Birk Larsen is found raped and brutally murdered in the woods outside the city. Lund's plans to relocate are put on hold as she leads the investigation along with fellow detective Jan Meyer. While Nanna's family struggles to cope with their loss, local politician Troels Hartmann is in the middle of an election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen. When links between City Hall and the murder suddenly come to light, the case takes an entirely different turn. Over the course of 20 days, suspect upon suspect emerges as violence and political intrigue cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.

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Publishers Weekly
08/26/2013
Despite the episodic nature of the story and its many elements of soap opera, Hewson (Carnival of the Dead) ably adapts to the page the first season of the hit Danish TV series, which tracks the efforts of tenacious Copenhagen homicide detective Sarah Lund to find the killer of 19-year-old Nanna Birk Larsen. The case has no shortage of suspects, and a link to the campaign staff of liberal mayoral candidate Troels Hartmann threatens to affect the election, as he tries to upset wily Lord Mayor Poul Bremer. Virtually everyone lies to the police, including suspects and witnesses. Dirty tricks from members of both campaign staffs, as well as corruption within police ranks, ensure an investigation in constant turmoil. Lund’s planned and imminent departure for a job in Sweden lends urgency, and working with her replacement and co-investigator, Jan Meyer, adds to the tension. (Oct.)
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"David Hewson—the author of more than a dozen detective novels set in Italy and with no need to stoop to anything too hurriedly commercial—has taken what was television gold and turned it into literary gold. This is one of the most engrossing detective novels I’ve read in a long time, with no easy solutions or insulting pay-offs and no easy moral to its story."  —Telegraph

"David Hewson has achieved the seemingly impossible. His novelisation of the drama is a different take on the original . . . just as gripping as the television serial. Whether you missed, hated or love The Killing on TV, this book is worth reading."  —Literary Review

“A splendid book and perhaps a new benchmark for literary adaptations of screen stories.” —Booklist

“Hewson has done an excellent job capturing the chilly flavor of Nordic noir... an excellent novelization of a hit Scandinavian TV series.” —Library Journal

Library Journal
09/15/2013
Layered with political intrigue, this excellent novelization of a hit Scandinavian TV series is a tense crime novel featuring criminal investigator Sarah Lund. As Lund is about to transfer jobs and move from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Stockholm, Sweden, she is called in to look into the death of a young woman. As she investigates, many suspects emerge, including the victim's family and friends as well as a trio of politicians vying to win the position of Lord Mayor of Copenhagen. With many twists and turns, this work will keep readers guessing the murderer's identity from beginning to end. VERDICT Despite the use of British slang, Hewson (Death in Seville; Nic Costa series) has done an excellent job capturing the chilly flavor of Nordic noir. Similar in tone to the books of Jo Nesbø, Lene Kaaberbø, and Stieg Larsson, this will appeal to adult fans of Scandinavian crime novels.—Russell Michalak, Goldey-Beacom Coll. Lib., Wilmington, DE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230761742
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 720

Meet the Author

David Hewson is the author of the highly acclaimed Detective Nic Costa series, including A Season for the Dead, The Villa of Mysteries, and The Fallen Angel, as well as such stand-alone titles as Death in Seville and The Promised Land.

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