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Who killed Nanna Birk Larsen? Through the dark wood where the dead trees give no shelter Nanna Birk Larsen runs…. There is a bright monocular eye that follows, like a hunter after a wounded deer. It moves in a slow approaching zigzag, marching through the Pineseskoven wasteland, through the Pentecost Forest. The chill water, the fear, his presence not so far away... There is one torchlight on her now, the single blazing eye. And it is here....
Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department before moving to Sweden. But everything changes when nineteen-year-old student, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered in the woods outside the city. Lund’s plans to relocate are put on hold as she leads the investigation along with fellow detective Jan Meyer.
While Nanna’s family struggles to cope with their loss, local politician Troels Hartmann is in the middle of an election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen. When links between City Hall and the murder suddenly come to light, the case takes an entirely different turn. Over the course of twenty days, suspect upon suspect emerges as violence and political intrigue cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.
©2012 David Hewson (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio
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By G Matt on 09-16-12

Excellent Story.

What made the experience of listening to The Killing the most enjoyable?

Good atmosphere captures the Scandanavian setting. A smart, flawed, but believable main character.

What did you like best about this story?

Very good police procedural.

Any additional comments?

Long, so a few false paths in uncovering the story.

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By Rachel on 02-10-13

fascinating, and hard to stop listening

What made the experience of listening to The Killing the most enjoyable?

I've found myself detouring on my walk to work so I can listen for longer. The narrator has a perfect voice for the tone of the book, making the book effortlessly listen-able.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I thought the way the unfolding of the case unravels the whole community felt very real. So often in books it seems that death doesn't really touch anyone aside from the immediate family.I haven't seen the TV series, but this book adaptation has so much inner life and complexity.

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By Christina on 07-05-12

RIVETING TALE...

The narrator makes this reading more like a dramatization which enhances what already is one blistering detective story. His rendition is truly first class. The novel, which has more red herrings than any other I have ever read, has fully fleshed characters, a tangible sense of atmosphere and climate and is a riveting story. One slight niggle is that the final denouement, and believe me there is a lot of them, is a bit rushed and not fully implicated in the previous 23 hours. However, I recommend it to all lovers of crime and political fiction. It's a smorgasbord of delight!

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By J on 12-23-12

Great listening

I got a little of the danish TV show and was hooked, the book didn't disappoint. Characters are strong and imperfect, the story keeps you hooked: which is especially important given the length of the book. I will definitely be getting the sequel

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