Thirty nine steps rose from the busy road of Tuborgvej into Mindelunden, with its quiet graves and abiding bitter memories. Lennart Brix, head of the Copenhagen homicide team, felt he’d been walking those most of his life. Beneath the entrance arch, sheltering from the icy rain, he couldn’t help but recall that first visit almost fifty years before. A five-year-old boy, clutching the hand of his father, barely able to imagine what he was about see…
The bark of a dog broke his reverie. Brix looked at the forensic officers, white bunny suits, mob hats, marching grim-faced down the rows of graves, towards the space in the little wood where the rest of the team was gathering… Three gnarled stakes, replicas now, with the originals in the Frihedsmuseet.
A woman was tied to the centre pole, hands behind her back, bound with heavy rope round her torso. Blonde hair soaked with rain and worse, head down, chin on chest, crouched awkwardly on her knees. A gaping wound at her neck like a sick second smile. She wore a blue dressing gown slashed in places all the way to the waist, flesh and skin visible where the frenzied blade had stabbed at her.
Her face was bruised and dirty. Blood poured from her nostrils, had dried down each side of her mouth, like makeup on a tragic clown…
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He writes stories about people who could be real.
I might listen to Killing 2 again. I've listened to parts of it 2 or 3 times already. The author packs a lot of stuff in and I missed parts of it on the first pass. His characters are believable. I know we should engage in the willing suspension of disbelief when we read/listen to fiction but sometimes the characters are so unbelievable that it hurts. The plot is very interesting. It is a story that I would listen to with my son or my sisters with. The character dialog has the "F" words but that doesn't bother me personally. They sometimes use phrases like "Oh, for "f" sake" which I find amusing. There were one or two brief sex events that I would fast forward through if I were listening to it with my son or sisters. But the brief sex scenes/scene were part of the character development. The author didn't set the main evil characters up to be Christian which is refreshing. The author wasn't preachy about social issues.
The plot kept me on the edge of my seat after I got into the story. The way it started I thought it would be your typical detective story and I was tuning it out until I realized it wasn't it. I got the story because I was very impressed with the author's work as a co-author in "Macbeth The Novel." The story seemed plausible and the characters seemed real and I just kept listening to more and more as the story unfolded.
The narrator was very good. He was very understandable and didn't have any voice traits that took my mind off of the story.
There was one moment that particularly moved me but I don't want to give away the story by describing it.