Vanished
by Hammer, Lotte; Hammer, Søren; Aitken, Martin (TRN)






The seemingly accidental death of a postman turns more murky once Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad discovers life-size portraits of a mystery girl in the dead man's attic, and soon Sorensen, wondering if the girl is still alive, must delve into the past to answer the mysteries of the present. By the internationally best-selling authors of The Hanging.





Lotte and Søren Hammer are a sister and brother from Denmark who began writing crime novels together in 2004. To date, they have written six books in this series. The Vanished is the third.

Translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken, winner of the 2012 American-Scandinavian Foundation's Nadia Christensen Translation Prize. Recent translations include fiction by Jussi Adler-Olsen (A Conspiracy of Faith: A Department Q Novel), Dorthe Nors (Karate Chop), and Janne Teller (Nothing).





In the third installment of Denmark's popular Konrad Simonsen series (after The Girl in the Ice, 2015), Simonsen returns to partial duty as Copenhagen's head of homicide while recovering from a heart attack. Pauline Berg, a detective on his tight-knit team, is also struggling with the aftermath of her recent kidnapping by a serial killer, and Simonsen partners with her as a move toward reunifying the group. Jørgen Nielsen was found with his neck broken at the foot of his stairs, and accident reconstruction indicates murder. In Nielsen's attic, Simonsen finds a shrine to an unidentified girl, and Nielsen's photos link a high-school retreat he attended to a missing girl caught up in the hippie movement that swept Europe in the 1960s. As Simonsen peels back the years since the girl's disappearance, he's surprised to feel nostalgic toward Rita, the first love he lost to 1970s radical politics. A deftly written procedural with clear appeal for fans of Scandinavian crime fiction, particularly those who delight in riveting investigative detail and psychological intricacies. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.





Scandinavian noir crime fiction continues to pile up the body count in this latest by the Danish Hammer siblings.In Copenhagen, Detective Superintendent Konrad Simonsen has returned to his position as head of the Homicide Squad after time off for a massive heart attack. He's mending nicely but miffed: in his absence, second-in-command Arne Pedersen has taken over, and Simonsen's on limited duty. But his first day back, a school shooting involving a boy who kills two teachers with a submachine gun and holds his classmates hostage has the Homicide Squad out trying to diffuse the situation. And that's not all: Simonsen is also asked to look into the death of a man who was found at the bottom of his own staircase six months earlier. Although initially ruled as an accident, someone higher up wants it confirmed, and, for Simonsen, the case means a walk through the tumultuous 1960s, when the elderly detective was a young police officer. Meanwhile, the two cases improbably link up, Simonsen decides to smoke marijuana for the first time in his life, and the book wanders from clue to clue like a drunk stumbling along a sidewalk hoping each doorknob he turns will be his own. Overly long and complicated, with plot twists that lead absolutely nowhere, this novel appears to be an excuse to take Simonsen on a nostalgic trip back to his younger days of policing. Simonsen's investigators turn over every rock in their painstaking but often dull examination of both evidence and circumstance, and the authors never fail to describe, in detail, every move the police make, even the ones that ultimately mean nothing. With stilted writing that could charitably be partially attributed to the translation and at least one prominent error relating to the submachine gun, this story's a massive snoozer.Ridiculous coincidence aside, this Danish sleeping pill proves thin on story. Copyright Kirkus 2016 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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