The girl in the ice

Lotte Hammer

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Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Bloomsbury 2015.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Danish
Physical Description
435 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781632862976
1632862972
Main Author
Lotte Hammer (author)
Other Authors
Søren Hammer (author), Paul R Norlén (translator)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

This follow-up to The Hanging is another Nordic tale that deals with dark, often uncomfortable topics that aren't for the faint of heart. Detective Chief Superintendent Simonsen and his squad are investigating the brutal murder of a long-missing woman. It's an unusual case as her body was found in an icecap in Greenland. But he soon realizes that she is not the only victim. The twisty plot leads the reader through the stories of the victims, the perpetrators, and Simonsen. Kidnappings, torture, and murder abound and political figures rank high on the list of suspects. VERDICT This police procedural by a Danish brother-and-sister writing team isn't always a smooth read; the sometimes awkward translation disrupts the flow. Some of Simonsen's actions aren't realistic for a man of his rank, and the ending feels rushed. If you like the thrillers of Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström or Mons Kallentoft, give the Hammer siblings a try.—Frances Thorsen, Chronicles of Crime Bookshop, Victoria, BC [Page 85]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The discovery of a corpse in Greenland kicks off the hunt for a mass murderer in the dull second Konrad Simonsen thriller (after 2013's The Hanging) from the Hammer brother-sister writing duo. The icy grave preserved Danish nurse Maryann Nygaard's body for 25 years after her death in 1983; the MO suggests to Simonsen, a chief inspector in Copenhagen's Homicide Division, that Maryann was killed by the same person who murdered Catherine Thomsen in 1997. Simon, who worked Catherine's case, still feels responsible that her father, falsely accused, committed suicide. The new investigation focuses on Andreas Falkenborg, who, from the moment he's introduced, is so obviously the culprit that much of the novel's suspense dissipates. He has all the hallmarks of a deranged killer, from a troubled childhood to a penchant for stalking women, and the authors throw unnecessary barriers in front of Simonsen and his team in order to extend the chase, which turns into a tiresome cat and mouse game. Agent: Sofie Voller, Gyldendal (Denmark). (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When the body of a girl is discovered in the melting Greenland ice cap, hundreds of miles from any civilization, Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen investigates the murder and discovers disturbing details about some of Denmark's most powerfulfigures.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When an ice cap melts, revealing the body of a girl half-naked and tied up, Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen investigates the murder and discovers disturbing details about the moral standing of some of Denmark's most powerful figures—and that the killer still has more work to do.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The second novel in the international bestselling Konrad Simonsen series, a chilling tale from the authors of The Hanging.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Under the heartless vault of Greenland's arctic sky the body of a girl is discovered. Half-naked and tied up, buried hundreds of miles from any signs of life, she has lain alone, hidden in the ice cap, for twenty-five years. Now an ice melt has revealed her.When Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen is flown in to investigate this horrific murder and he sees how she was attacked, it triggers a dark memory and he realizes this was not the killer's only victim. As Simonsen's team works to discover evidence that has long since been buried, they unearth truths that certain people would prefer stayed forgotten. Disturbing details about the moral standing of some of Denmark's political figures are revealed and powerful individuals are suddenly working against the case. But the pressure is on as it becomes clear that the killer chooses victims who all look unsettlingly similar, a similarity that may be used to the investigators' advantage--just so long as they can keep the suspect in their sights.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

When an ice cap melts, revealing the body of a girl half-naked and tied up, Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen investigates the murder and discovers disturbing details about the moral standing of some of Denmark’s most powerful figures—and that the killer still has more work to do.