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The Steel Spring (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) [Kindle Edition]

Per Wahloo , Sarah Death
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Book Description

Chief Inspector Jensen is a policeman in an unnamed European country where the government has criminalized being drunk, where newspapers are designed for reassurance, and where the city centers have been demolished to devote more space to gleaming new highways.
Recovering in a hospital room abroad after a liver transplant, Jensen receives a note instructing him to return home immediately, but when he reaches the airport he discovers that all flights home have been cancelled and all communication from within his homeland has ceased. One of the last messages sent requested urgent medical help from abroad. But what has happen? Has an epidemic taken hold? And why has the government fled the capital? To penetrate the silence and mystery that has fallen over the country and its people, Jensen returns only to discover the unthinkable.

Editorial Reviews


"The godfather of Scandinavian crime fiction" -- Jo Nesbo "A vigorous and powerful mind...there is no doubt about the originality of his talent" Sunday Times "[Sarah Death's translation] seems to catch the bleakness perfectly... Wahloo's solo work deserves to be considered in the same context as Zamyatin, Capek, Orwell, or Durrenmatt...high praise indeed" -- Michael Carlson Irresistible Targets "They are economical and move with great pace... Two unique novels have been restored to the canon of European crime fiction in English. Don't miss." -- Bob Cornwell Crime Time "The premise is intriguing... The themes are topical" Independent on Sunday

Language Notes

Text: English, Swedish (translation)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1204 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099554755
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WMX6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misses the mark July 16, 2013
By Erehwon
This book was published in 1968 and does a credible job combining the sparse prose style of the existential Nordic crime novel with a bleak dystopian storyline. However, the author is no Orwell and the ending is a sophomoric triumph of socialism. At age 42 or so, the author should have been able to restrain himself and come up with a more convincing and satisfactory conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best October 12, 1998
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This is Per Wahlöös best book. Almost science fiction. Very exiting and well written.
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