Meilleur commentaire positif
Epic Tale of Revenge and Retribution
le 23 août 2017
An alternative review title could be “Life among Addicts”, because even the lead investigator was one, not of drugs or alcohol, but of gambling. Or perhaps “Sleaze in High Places” for the pervasive levels of corruption described. A police force is a bad place when you are smart, ambitious and want a life. If you cannot beat them, join them, goes the argument in this bleak police procedural of sorts. Why so cynical? Because this novel exposes how evidence can be tampered with, planted or disappear today as easily as a dozen years ago, when one police force was infiltrated by organized crime.
Its venue is not Chicago, LA or Lagos, but Oslo, capital of Norway, an oil-exporting nation with a population of <5 m. Its plot slowly unfurls, then accelerates at the midway point. From there on, not a word from this reviewer.
Its strengths are (1) its pace, plot surprises and cliff hangers; (2) its descriptions of incredible, new forms of violence, and (3) its portrayal of the dismal life of heroin junkies, their dealers and the few institutions helping them. Its top weakness is that it reads like a rewrite of a 1990s first draft. Is heroin still pervasive in 2015 Oslo and do aliens (criminals and asylum seekers) control its distribution? And why is the son of the title, after 12 years behind bars, a novice at using mobile phones? A quick learner though, in many fields. Ideal book to help Nordic and other readers through another long, dark and ice-cold winter.