From Library Journal
The unlovely characters in this novel by a contemporary Norwegian author are drug addicts and minor criminals mingling with ordinary working-class people. A bank robber in hiding reads his own obituary in the paper and sets out to discover the real identity of the dead person. What follows is an exciting and plausible detective story with much realistic detail and local color. The author's intent is not only to entertain but also to expose social ills like gambling and drug trafficking, examining its perpetrators and victims. In this respect he resembles P.D. James but falls short of her artistry. The translation is competent but at times stiff. Recommended for collections of Scandinavian fiction.- Ulla Sweedler, Univ. of California at San Diego Lib.
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Hans Windelband finds himself, at age 26, among the living dead. He lives alone in a small apartment in Oslo, his life a mere hollow of an existence, without purpose or direction. This wasn't what he had expected; somehow his life has gone terribly astray, but caught in a web of uselessness and despair, he lacks the strength or desire to try and determine precisely what went wrong -- until he opens the morning newspaper and reads his own obituary! Was this a mistake?, a macabre joke?, who was behind this? -- and why? Who had stolen his identity and will be buried with his name in the West Cemetery in just three days? Hans Windelband has been given a purpose, a kind of second chance. The hunt begins! Norwegian novelist Lars Saaybe Christensen has written a brilliantly crafted crime fiction that will simply mesmerize the reader from beginning to end! -- Midwest Book Review