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Product Details

  • Series: The Killing
  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447208412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447208419
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Despite the episodic nature of the story and its many elements of soap opera, Hewson (Carnival of the Dead) ably adapts to the page the first season of the hit Danish TV series, which tracks the efforts of tenacious Copenhagen homicide detective Sarah Lund to find the killer of 19-year-old Nanna Birk Larsen. The case has no shortage of suspects, and a link to the campaign staff of liberal mayoral candidate Troels Hartmann threatens to affect the election, as he tries to upset wily Lord Mayor Poul Bremer. Virtually everyone lies to the police, including suspects and witnesses. Dirty tricks from members of both campaign staffs, as well as corruption within police ranks, ensure an investigation in constant turmoil. Lund's planned and imminent departure for a job in Sweden lends urgency, and working with her replacement and co-investigator, Jan Meyer, adds to the tension. (Oct.)

From Booklist

*Starred Review* First up: this novel is based on the original Danish television series The Killing (more precisely, the first-season screenplay by Søren Sveistrup), and not on the American remake. Second up: this is such a good book, so rich in its characters and writing, that familiarity with its source material is completely unnecessary. Its story, in which a Copenhagen police detective lands a politically sensitive murder case the day before she’s scheduled to move to Sweden, is wonderfully told. Hewson is, of course, the author of several excellent mysteries, including the popular Nic Costa novels, and he was an excellent choice here: his own elegant prose style perfectly captures the mood of the story. Not merely a spin-off of a high-profile television property, this is a fully realized novel that stands on its own two feet, while at the same time reimagining the television series, taking its characters and story in new directions and exploring them in new ways. A splendid book and perhaps a new benchmark for literary adaptations of screen stories. --David Pitt

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David Hewson's novels have been translated into a wide range of languages, from Italian to Japanese, and his debut work, Semana Santa, set in Holy Week Spain, was filmed with Mira Sorvino. Dante's Numbers is his thirteenth published novel.

David was born in Yorkshire in 1953 and left school at the age of seventeen to work as a cub reporter on one of the smallest evening newspapers in the country in Scarborough. Eight years later he was a staff reporter on The Times in London, covering news, business and latterly working as arts correspondent. He worked on the launch of the Independent and was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times for a decade before giving up journalism entirely in 2005 to focus on writing fiction.

Semana Santa won the WH Smith Fresh Talent award for one of the best debut novels of the year in 1996 and was later made into a movie starring Mira Sorvino and Olivier Martinez. Four standalone works followed before A Season for the Dead, the first in a series set in Italy. The seventh Roman novel featuring Nic Costa and his colleagues, Dante's Numbers, appeared in October 2008. At the end of 2006 he signed renewed contracts with Pan Macmillan in the UK and Bantam Dell in the US to extend the series to nine books, running to 2012. The titles are published in numerous languages around the world including Chinese and Japanese... and Italian.

He has featured regularly on the speaker lists of leading international book events, including the Melbourne and Ottawa writers' festivals, the Harrogate Crime Festival, Thrillerfest, Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime. He has taught at writing schools around the world and is a regular faculty member for the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference in Corte Madera, California, where he has worked alongside writers such as Martin Cruz Smith and Michael Connelly.

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Couldn't stop turning pages, great writing and a great suspenseful book.
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Overall, this book is a well-paced mystery, and I would highly recommend it to my friends.
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Nice and interesting plot but too lengthy, sometimes tiring and a bit confusing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Candace Drimmer on August 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The TV show--that I saw on DVD in the UK--was sneakily riveting for a police procedural. It got under my skin, so of course--when I saw a book version (and I read a LOT), ran out to get the book.

So glad I did. This book at 700 pp has one more chapter than what the show said was the ending. An ending now that makes more sense, and has a certain justice within it. Sad as that is. So if you think you know the ending, you may not.

The film was 20 episodes, during which the viewer is brought into the political, police and micro world of the Birk Larsen family. The book does an admirable job of laying out the storyline--unwinding the tale through all the (many) red herrings, herring being a Danish food? Anyhow, a very worth the read. Hewson a new find as author for this reader, who I'll visit again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua on August 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"The Killing" was first published in 2012. Written by David Hewson, it was based on Soren Sveistrup's tv series - which was first broadcast in Denmark in 2007. Hewson, a successful writer of mysteries and thrillers before this opportunity came along, will also adapt the show's second series for the page.

Sarah Lund's last day at work with Copenhagen's police department doesn't quite work out as she'd have hoped. She's just met Jan Meyer, her replacement, when word comes in about a new case. Nanna Birk Larssen, a nineteen year old schoolgirl, hasn't been seen the school's Hallow'een party, the previous Friday night. Unfortunately, what started as a missing person case quickly becomes a murder case when her body is found. Beaten, raped and tied up, Nanna been locked into the boot of a car, which was then rolled into a marshy canal on the edge of Copenhagen. (She'd still been alive at this point, and had died from drowning). The case takes a difficult turn, when it turns out the car is registered to Troels Martmann - the city's Mayor of Education who is currently fighting to become Lord Mayor. Lund is asked by her boss to delay her departure; for some reason, he doesn't seem willing to let Meyer start his new job with such a potentially difficult case.

I wasn't too sure what to expect initially. Generally, I don't much care for a book that's been adapted from a film or a tv show - but I've enjoyed all the Scandinavian crime I've come across recently, and Hewson himself does seem to have an excellent track record. (He's spent quite a bit of time familiarising himself with Copenhagen and how things work in Denmark too, by the looks of it). As a result, I did enjoy the book a great deal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennings H. on July 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Having read all of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole books, I was searching for a similar novel. The Killing did not disappoint me in any way. Yes, it is a long book....but I did not want it to end. The writing is crisp,engaging, and perfectly chilling. Hewson scored at the top with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Webster on April 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
‘The Killing’ is yet another high quality Scandinavian crime novel with a strong and interesting female character: namely Sarah Lund, a detective in the Copenhagen Police department. It’s Sarah Lund last day in the Danish police force. She is about to move to Sweden with her son to start a new life with her partner. All that changes when a 19 year old girl is found raped and murdered. Her replacement, Jan Meyer has not got her experience when it comes to this type of investigation, so she is asked to stay on to help solve the crime. The unusual thing about this book is that it is based on a screenplay of a very successful Danish television series of the same name, when usually the book comes before the film. I have yet to see the TV series and I am very glad I read the book first. Obviously the core of the novel is the murder investigation. However, the murder was committed at the time of an election campaign for the Mayor of Copenhagen, and there are links to the girl with officials at city hall which adds an interesting dimension to the story. The author ‘David Hewson’ also does a skillful job of bringing the Sarah Lund’s character to life, with her obsession with the murder case and all her flaws, especially regarding her relationships with her lover, son and Jan Mayer who is working with her on the case. The victim’s family is also a major theme in the novel and the affect the murder has on the parents is also handled really well.
This book is 700 pages, which is long for a crime thriller. There are also a lot of suspects. Although the book griped me from the start, there was a point after about 500 pages where I was beginning to think that, there are elements to the story that work better as a TV series and perhaps could have been cut out of the book. However, I was not tempted to skip any pages and it wasn’t long before there were a number of new twists and turns and I was drawn back in again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abby on March 3, 2014
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Couldn't stop turning pages, great writing and a great suspenseful book. This isn't like Hewson's Italian novels, this is placed in Denmark with layers and layers of characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon W. Schonblom on February 3, 2014
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This book is different from most mystery novels. One gets the impression that complicated circumstances occur in the real world of police work. False leads are pursued; personal lives of the main characters dissected; personality flaws are revealed, the dicotomy between police work and political objectives are woven with great care, and the agony of the victims portrayed. This is one of the best books I have read in its class.
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