The Murder of Halland

The Murder of Halland

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When Halland is found murdered almost right outside his door, his widow, Bess, is of course the prime suspect. She isn't worried about that, though, but about the daughter she abandoned years ago. As the police investigate, the slightly cantankerous Bess instead follows a trail of her own regrets and misapprehensions.
Publisher: Toronto, Canada : Coach House Books, [2015].
Copyright Date: ©2012.
ISBN: 9781552453148
Branch Call Number: MF JUUL, PIA
Characteristics: 147 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Aitken, Martin - Translator


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Jul 31, 2017

To be honest, I got this thin book thinking it was Nordic Noir, but it has stayed with me as something a bit more durable. Do not be fooled by a few childish thoughts on the part of the narrator, whose mind we inhabit and occasionally hold in contempt when she seems to be somewhat simple; she is not. And this is more the story of a woman in midlife, with regrets, desires, imperfections and cunning whose husband has died, than a murder mystery, though murder there certainly is…

The writing could be described as jerky, perhaps it’s the translation, but I prefer to think that it simply leaves out some swathes of activity to keep us on our toes. I had to go back and re-read some barely mentioned details to fill in the blanks – they’re there, but this is not a lazy summer beach read; it’s an interesting portrait of a complex Danish woman who is treading carefully into a new chapter in her life.

nrowlands Dec 06, 2016

An interesting character study of the rather surly protagonist, but a page-turning mystery this is not.


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