bookshelves: fraudio, danish-root, mystery-thriller, debut, published-2010, translation, autumn-2013, under-500-ratings
Read from November 30 to December 01, 2013
Narrated by Michael Page
From the description: One morning before school, two children find the naked bodies of five men hanging from the gym ceiling. The case leads detective Konrad Simonsen and his murder squad to the school janitor, who may know more about the killings than he is telling. Soon, Simonsen realizes that each of the five murdered men had a dark and terrible secret in common. And when Simonsen’s own daughter is targeted, he must race to find the culprit before his whole world is destroyed.
What a shame - the storyline is pretty neat, however it is battered flat by the lack of writing style. Alternating between arch and stilted, I was veritably cringing. This is a debut novel, the first in a projected series and would willingly encounter the next to see if any of the characters come to life.