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The Murder of Halland [Format Kindle]

Pia Juul , Martin Aitken

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Denmark’s foremost literary author turns crime fiction on its head.


Bess and Halland live in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else. When Halland is found murdered in the main square the police encounter only riddles. For Bess bereavement marks the start of a journey that leads her to a reassessment of first friends, then family.


Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘If you like crime you won’t be disappointed. The book has all the right ingredients. A murder, a gun, an inspector, suspense. But the story strays far beyond the whodunit norm. In beautifully stark language Pia Juul manages to chart the phases of bereavement. PS Don't skip the quotes.’ Meike Ziervogel


‘Bess sticks in the mind as a brilliantly drawn character.’ Christina Petrie, Times Literary Supplement


‘Anything but a standard crime novel. The mystery at its heart is the mystery we are to each other; it is written in succinct, sometimes surreal prose.’ Economist


‘A disturbing and painful account of a woman whose world has been knocked off its axis.’ Laura Wilson, Guardian


‘A masterclass in literary sleight of hand.’ Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post


‘Just as Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose made crime fiction appear intellectual, so Pia Juul’s The Murder of Halland dismantles the rules of an entire genre.’ Dagens Nyheter


‘Pia Juul is a dazzling writer with natural, biting dialogue. And the descriptions of the sun's play on the fiord are so beautiful that they could have been lifted from Albert Camus' The Stranger.’ Extra Bladet


LONGLISTED FOR THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE 2013

LONGLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2014


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 551 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 189 pages
  • Editeur : Peirene Press (15 juin 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008AVPTNY
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  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°116.874 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Much more than just a crime story 15 août 2012
Par Acorn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
In a rural town in Denmark, Bess stays up one night to work on a story while her partner Halland Roe goes to bed. At daybreak she falls asleep on the sofa and is later abruptly woken to be told that Halland has been shot dead in the square nearby. Halland and Bess, both writers, had been living together for over ten years. She had left her husband, but her daughter Abby decided to remain with the father. As Bess goes over to look at Halland's body, she realises it is the loss of Abby that affects her more.

So begins a complex tale told by Bess. It is clear that she is distraught - everyone around her sees that - but she is blind to the fact. Bess's ties to her own family are not good and she senses that she has been a failure in that regard. The attraction to Halland was tinged with uncertainty but they had made a comfortable existence together. Now her world is beginning to come undone.

There is a detective story, but it is almost all in the background. The police follow various leads and construct theories about Halland's killing as each new bit of evidence comes to light, but Bess's interaction with them is sporadic and she does not follow accounts of the investigation in the newspapers.

Halland was well known so there is press coverage of his death. Following this, a pregnant woman, Pernille, arrives to say she is Halland's niece and that he has been supporting her. Bess was completely unaware of this and cannot believe it is true, but later visits Pernille's apartment in Copenhagen and finds a room that Halland had been using there. Is this woman a relative at all? Bess also meets Stine, a local woman who seems to know a lot about Halland's state of mind, especially his views on his relationship with Bess. These women, previously strangers, deepen Bess's anxiety.

Abby visits and their relationship is rekindled to some degree, but meanwhile a neighbour goes missing and no one is sure if this is linked to Halland's death. It turns out that Halland has taken a number of steps that could be read as a premonition of his death, or perhaps plans for a completely new life.

Pia Juul has written a story with all the twists and turns you would expect from a murder mystery, but the ending doesn't follow the usual script and you sense that solving the crime might not be what Bess really wants or needs. Much more important for Bess is how she can deal with her own sense of loss - of Halland, of Abby and of her family relationships. Her sometimes erratic and unsympathetic behaviour is driven by grief and by a self-reflection in which she finds herself wanting.

There are 35 short chapters and the pace is well managed. All but the first chapter begin with a literary quote that highlights a theme in the chapter, but I found this a little old fashioned and affected. The complexity of the plot will please crime fiction fans, but there is much more to this story. The death of Halland - was it a murder? - sparks an incisive examination of loss and grief, and how these can remain buried beneath the surface of our daily lives until a crisis exhumes them. Bess might not always be a likeable character, but she recounts a tale of great depth and elegance.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Scandinavian Whydunit? 17 août 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This book starts with the murder of Halland, who is gunned down yards from his home. The police turn up to arrest his wife Bess, as it appears with his dying words he had accused her of the crime. If you, like myself, are going "Ok, another Nordic crime thriller", check out the publisher's name. Yep Peirene Press, and past experience has taught me that this won't follow the usual genre rules, that at the very least there will be an interesting twist and I'm pleased to say they haven't yet let me down.

Although there's a murder, a gun and a dour seeming inspector, this book focuses on Bess and how the bereavement acts as a catalyst causing her to reassess her friends, family and ultimately her life. We follow Bess as she careens from pillar to post, sometimes drunk, sometimes bemused, whilst attempting to understand, to come to terms with Halland's death and all that has come to light because of it.

Last year I read a book by Shuichi Yoshida and this reminds me of that, although both tales differ considerably, in both there's a murder at it's centre, a black hole around which everything turns and yet it is the effect of this crime on the individual that becomes the focus of the story, the crime is merely the matrix that allows this focus. As with the other book The murder of Halland is the type of thriller that gives the genre a great name, it's intelligent, thought provoking, it asks questions, whilst doing so in a manner that doesn't give you a list of pat, generic answers, leaving you to ponder any answers for yourself.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 My wife has shot me! 13 février 2013
Par Freckles - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
It is a seemingly ordinary evening when we meet Bess and Halland Roe. After watching a crime drama on the televison, Halland announces an early start the next morning and retires to bed. Bess, a writer, decides to catch up on some work in the study and eventually collapses on the sofa so as not to wake her husband. A single loud noise awakens her which she assumes is Halland leaving the house. Then comes the loud, urgent knocking on the front door.

Halland has been fatally wounded by a single gun shot in the market square. Unbelievably, the police officer at the door is arresting Bess for his murder, as the last words Halland spoke appear to have been "my wife has shot me." Of course we know she hasn't, has she?. All she wants right now is too see her daughter Abby, but she hasn't seen her for over ten years after an acrimonious divorce from Abby's father. Neither does she speak to her own mother, so who can Bess turn to for help?

So unwinds a wonderfully written novella, complex and intriguing, which is not just a darn good crime story, but a portrait of bereavement, feuding families and the wafer thin relationship between a mothers and daughters. There is also a fascinating insight in to small town life and the petty goings on between close neighbours. Oh and Halland has been leading a double life....all the red herrings line up one by one and the reader is unable to tell if Bess is implicit in some way or whether it was a careless accident.

Written by Denmark's leading literary author Pia Juul and impeccably translated in to English by Martin Aitken, this is another successful publication by the classy Peirene. It is not what you would call a usual crime novel. It is quirky and a joy to read. It takes pride of place on my bookshelf among all of Peirene's other publications to date. Great stuff.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 original but disturbing 6 septembre 2012
Par Vera R. J. Fonseca - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Juul is an original writer; this novel is not an usual police or mistery plot, even if there is mistery and a murder at the center of the story.
I found myself somehow uneasy by the end of the book,perhaps because of the protagonist being so self-centered and so different from what is expected concerning empathy and social behavior.
Anyway, it is very well written, it is original and it is worth reading for those who are not looking for cliché thrillers.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A gem of a read 31 octobre 2013
Par Kathryn Pokalo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The narrative voice is instantly enticing and befuddling. Can we trust the narrator or her perceptions? I felt the narrator's sense of dislocation as I was reading. I was captivated by the sense of place--the isolation and claustrophobia of the small world of the novel. I am so pleased to have discovered both this writer and the Peirene Press. The physical book is as delightful to hold as the content is engaging to read.
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