The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

A Lars Winkler Novel

Book - 2014
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Detective Lars Winkler is assigned the case of a serial murderer in Copenhagen while struggling to get his life back together after his wife leaves him and their daughter.
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, 2014.
ISBN: 9781770894396
177089439X
Characteristics: 367 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Garrett, Paul Russell - Translator

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PennPal
Feb 24, 2016

First time I have read this author. Distinctly feel the neighbourhoods, not sure of the portrayal of the main characters relationships, but it was a good read.

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emerge
Jan 17, 2016

Grisly but well written cop drama about the hunt for both a serial killer & rapist. Although the author is German, it's set in Copenhagen so qualifies as Scandinavian noir.
The MC is a detective threatened by political intrigue at work & his own self destructive habits. It's an old & overused trope but you can't help rooting for Lars as everything crashes & burns around him.
As an aside, this is one of the best translations I've read with none of the stilted dialogue & awkward phrasing so prevalent in books translated for the North American market.
Not for the faint hearted.

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