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I have written elsewhere that novels by Scandinavian writers are becoming somewhat of a sub-genre of contemporary fiction, what some critics are calling Scandinavian noir. This book only adds to that thesis. The sixth novel in the Joona Linna series by husband-and-wife team Alexandra Coelho and Alexander Ahndoril, it is disturbingly dark and infused with an excessive, almost fetishized violence, especially if you are a fan of rabbits. Or of plausible plot twists (a psychotic killer with narcolepsy, seriously?). Or of narratives that avoid cliches, stereotypes, and gratuitous (and again, wholly illogical) sex scenes. And I cannot recall a novel, ever, with so many unwanted or surprise pregnancies unveiled within so few pages.
And do not even think about making sense of the Epilogue, which is little more than a poorly executed teaser to the next killer and next novel.
Definitely worth taking a pass on this one. If you are still searching for a great read in the same dark-and-twisted-view-of-the-world vein, visit another part of the globe. For example, Aussie Michael Robotham produces chilling novels that are head-and-shoulders above anything this series seems destined to offer.
Far too long. Far too violent!! Very confusing beginning. Disappointed Kristi & Abby Tabby
Why do I let myself get pulled into these graphic Swedish noir novels about gruesome murders. Well, maybe because the story is intense and interesting, maybe it is because the characters are sometimes and bizarre and quirky as the storyline. I need to go back and read the previous books in the series to see how the policeman turned criminal evolved to the point he is at in this book. So many murders in this book and such success in hunting the killer. I would love to see more of the character, Saga. I felt a little let down when she was sent to Chicago to interview a woman who knew the murdered men far more intimately than she wanted. She should have been with Joona.
Wonderfully told story of a madman and the brilliant detective who solves the case. It is very frustrating that two of the seven Joona Linna stories have not been translated. Still, the novel is stand-alone quality. Joona is given a 36 hours pass to get out of jail. Who knew that you can get our of jail just by asking? Then he goes about solving a crime that none of his former coworkers can manage.
This has too much graphic sex and violence for cozy readers to enjoy.
One of the best things about having a husband and wife writing duo is that one never has to say "a woman would never say that" or ask them selves "Do men actually think that is what goes on in a woman's mind?"
I like the character of Joona Linna...but found this story to have too much graphic violence. If you love bunnies, this book is not for you.