The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

A Lars Winkler Novel

Book - 2014
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The first book in the crime series featuring Lars Winkler: loner, dad, former squatter, and drug addict -- and the most dedicated detective in Copenhagen.

A young prostitute is found murdered at the common in Copenhagen. The woman's body has been preserved and her eyes removed with surgical precision. Not long after, another body is discovered treated in the exact same manner. The press quickly names the spectacular case the Sandman Killings.

Detective Inspector Lars Winkler is put on the case. With an addiction to classical rock music and the odd line of speed, Lars is struggling to get his life back together, mostly with his sixteen-year-old daughter, Maria, who lives with him in his rundown apartment. His wife has left him for his old friend and former boss. Meanwhile, the atmosphere in the Homicide and Serious Crime Department is tense. Despite support from his new young partner, Sanne Bissen, Lars feels edged out. While tracking Copenhagen's most sadistic serial killer to date, his past -- which has long been kept secret -- is slowly catching up to him.

Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press Inc., 2014
ISBN: 9781770894396
Branch Call Number: FIC MELAN J


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Feb 24, 2016

First time I have read this author. Distinctly feel the neighbourhoods, not sure of the portrayal of the main characters relationships, but it was a good read.

Jan 17, 2016

Grisly but well written cop drama about the hunt for both a serial killer & rapist. Although the author is German, it's set in Copenhagen so qualifies as Scandinavian noir.
The MC is a detective threatened by political intrigue at work & his own self destructive habits. It's an old & overused trope but you can't help rooting for Lars as everything crashes & burns around him.
As an aside, this is one of the best translations I've read with none of the stilted dialogue & awkward phrasing so prevalent in books translated for the North American market.
Not for the faint hearted.

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