Month: May 2013

Kvinden i Buret – Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen er noget af en in forfatter i øjeblikket. Det virker som om han spyr krimier ud hurtigere end læserne kan nå at læse dem. På den ene side er det imponerende med så produktivt en forfatter, hvor Jussi Adler-Olsen er en blandt mange, men samtidigt får det mine fordomme- klør frem til angreb. Bliver det ikke hastværkslitteratur, der blot læses og smides væk? Og er dette ikke symptomatisk for dagens Danmark (og resten af den vestlige verden)? Inden jeg begiver mig for langt ud af denne omend interessante tangent, må jeg rette fokus på “Kvinden i buret”. Med “Kvinden i buret” bliver grundstenen lagt til en ny serie om Afdeling Q, der beskæftiger sig med sager af særlig bevågenhed, ledet af Carl Mørck, der på alle måder fremtræder som en rå, utilnærmelig sorteper. Efter en tragisk hændelse i tjenesten, der efterlader en kollega død og en anden lænket til sin seng, fremstår Carl Mørck som den, der slap for store fysiske skader, men til gengæld fik de psykiske. Hertil lægges, at Mørck i …

Instruments of Darkness – Imogen Robertson

“Instruments of Darkness” depicts an interesting historical time around the 1770s. Although the main plot plays out in England, there are shapshots of the American war of independence and life at sea around the world. Old noble families with old money are crumbling morally and financially in comparison to new industrial gentiles, who buy into manor houses. Secrets are hidden under the surface and while some wish to let them lie, others search to uncover the truth especially when an unknown man and a nurse are murdered. These others are Harriet Westerman, nouveau riche, who runs the Caveley estate while her husband is at sea and Crowther, natural scientist, who only partakes on Harriet’s insistency and carries secrets of his own. They fight a tough battle against suppressed truths and general contentions that inquisitiveness is not in the interest of society. “Instruments of Darkness” was a great read – excellent story, good characters, and both enough details to make it interesting and enough pace to keep the pages turning, but I doubt the book will …

Blue Asylum – Kathy Hepinstall

Kathy Hepinstall is an author, I will keep an eye on. In “Blue Asylum” she has written an original story, but it is her language and narrative style that raises her above so many other talented authors. Hepinstall masters the fine art of writing by omission. She leaves the readers hooked by not confiding all the characters’ secrets, but carefully hints at them, making them snippets of truth for the reader to play with in their mind. Furthermore, she relishes the moments building up to a pivotal moment and than omits the scenes, we as readers have read thousands of times before. The result is a masterpiece about shattered minds and shattering beliefs in a time shattered by a grusome war. The plantation wife Iris Dunleavy is placed at the Sanibel Asylum after being judged mad by a court of law. She arrives at the backwards paradisiacal island outside the reach of the raging Civil War to be treated by Dr. Cowell. Other prominent characters are Ambrose Weller, a soldier broken by his actions in …