Thirty nine steps rose from the busy road of Tuborgvej into Mindelunden, with its quiet graves and abiding bitter memories. Lennart Brix, head of the Copenhagen homicide team, felt he'd been walking those most of his life. Beneath the entrance arch, sheltering from the icy rain, he couldn't help but recall that first visit almost fifty years before. A five-year-old boy, clutching the hand of his father, barely able to imagine what he was about see...
The bark of a dog broke his reverie. Brix looked at the forensic officers, white bunny suits, mob hats, marching grim-faced down the rows of graves, towards the space in the little wood where the rest of the team was gathering... Three gnarled stakes, replicas now, with the originals in the Frihedsmuseet.
A woman was tied to the centre pole, hands behind her back, bound with heavy rope round her torso. Blonde hair soaked with rain and worse, head down, chin on chest, crouched awkwardly on her knees. A gaping wound at her neck like a sick second smile. She wore a blue dressing gown slashed in places all the way to the waist, flesh and skin visible where the frenzied blade had stabbed at her.
Her face was bruised and dirty. Blood poured from her nostrils, had dried down each side of her mouth, like makeup on a tragic clown...
©2012 Pan Macmillan (P)2013 David Hewson
This is a hefty listen, it's long and as the plot gathers pace you are carried along from one suspect to another, with a few mystifying subplots thrown in for good measure. Because of this complexity it is perhaps a book best listened to without too many long breaks in between and at times when you can concentrate a bit on the twists and turns.
Having said that I found it a very satisfying book that kept me guessing right until the end (I hadn't seen the tv series). David Hewson paces the book extremely well and Christian Rodska reads beautifully with great characterisation. I highly recommend!
I have not watched the TV programmes so my only knowledge of TK books is via these audible downloads. I really enjoyed the first book but I think on balance, I enjoyed this one at least as much if not a bit more.
The story though complex was not as complicated as Book 1 and also the ending was less annoying (the first being annoying only because there was really no way the listener could have hoped to 'guess').
The weaving of murder and Danish politics seems to be part of this series formula and I do enjoy that.
I really like the narration too.
I really enjoyed the Killing but was a little disappointed with the sequel. I felt it was a bit bitty in parts and also that it was too long, however, the story kept me listening and I don't regret buying it. However, I won't buy the next one.
The story and writing style are both good. What let's this audio book down for me is not so much the narrator but the narration STYLE. Why oh why are the characters using regional British accents and why the poor Churchill impression for the Minister of Justice? Who would think that a good idea?
Danish policemen jabbering in a variety of London accents had me screaming out loud. I found it all distracting and irritating to an extreme if not for the story I`d have given up. Any future books I will have to get in printed form.
Excellent audio book, good flowing story and varied narration. Final playing out of who done it was a little quick and disjointed but got there.
David Hewson's written account of 'The Killing2' is extremely accurate and paints such a vivid picture of the story. His words clarify and magnify aspects of the television series that I had previously missed, stimulating the empathetic response of the listener in a more marked way than the visual did. The pace of narration by Christian Rodska is easy to listen to and his characterisations lend a 3D quality to the text. I would thoroughly recommend this audio book especially for long train journeys.
A novel which held my interest throughout! A twisting plot with lots of red herrings. An enjoyable read!
I watched the TV programme in Danish in Denmark where my son lives and have to say this was brilliant! It was true to the Danish, whilst written in the style that David Hewson does so well. I'm a Hewson fan, so if you like his Italian based novels you will love this! So many twists and turns it kept you guessing right up to the last chapter, and was just as good as The Killing 1. The narration is also excellent, I kept on saying one more chapter, one more chapter, but couldn't switch it off!
Having listened to the Killing 1 I was looking forward to this next volume though I was concerned about how it would be narrated. My worst fears were realised. The story is really excellent but Christian Rodska does his best to ruin it as the narrator. For some reason known only to him he feels he must employ myriad accents to depict the characters in the story. This is totally wrong. If you have listened to the first Killing you will know the range he uses. In this book it is the same accents purportedly spoken by the new characters. Why a Swedish policeman on a remote island should talk with a Geordie accent is completely beyond me. If you don't mind a range of weird accents please listen to this book it is worth it. If however like me when you actually read a book you do not employ loads of accents for the characters it is a serious distraction. Both Macmillan Books and Mr Rodska would do well to listen to how Saul Reichlin narrates his books . His narration of the Millennium Trilogy knocks this into a cocked hat.
Please see my comments for The Killing 1. This is a very disappointing pair of books and I will not be returning to the author or narrator.
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