The Demon of Dakar

The Demon of Dakar

Book - 2008
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Already a huge star in Europe and the Nordic countries, Kjell Eriksson has American critics also raving, with almost every review studded with words like "stunning," "chilling," "suspenseful," "haunting," and "brilliant." In "The Demon of Dakar," Ann Lindell and her motley crew of colleagues are faced with a most baffling murder case in which all clues lead straight back to a popular local restaurant named Dakar. The owner, Slobodan Andersson, has some shady connections in his past, and his partner's reputation is equally murky. The kitchen crew is not above suspicion, either. The meat chef is an oddball, to say the least, while unbeknownst to the rest, the newest hire's personal life is a tangled web of lies. Even Eva Willman, the seemingly blameless older woman returning to the workforce as a waitress, has skeletons in her closet. And then the tension rachets up a number of notches as it becomes apparent that one murder has not satisfied the killer in the least. If Ann is to prevent a bloodbath at Restaurant Dakar, she must match wits with a killer whose motives are seemingly completely obscure. But the reader knows the killer well. His crimes are justified from his point of view. Not only that, he's a very likable fellow who is only looking for justice. As in all of Kjell Eriksson's compelling spellbinders, though, justice entails a frantic race to the finish, a race without rules and fraught with danger.
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur,, 2008.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780312366698
Branch Call Number: M ERIK
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Segerberg, Ebba
Eriksson, Kjell 1953-


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Oct 18, 2018

This story has a unusual plot; you know who had committed the crime at the very beginning of the story. And yet, as the story proceeds forward, while the detectives were trying to solve the murder, the reader would encounter more and more description of the contrasting societies of Mexico vis-à-vis Sweden. It appears that Kjell Eriksson had used it to make social commentary than telling a murder mystery. Despite that, it is still an enjoyable read.

Jan 10, 2012

This is book #7 in the Detectives Ann Lindell and Ola Haver series set in Oslo; the quality of these books is highly variable, with some very good and others pretty poor; this one’s much better than the previous book in the series; the UK title of this book is correctly translated from the Norwegian as The Man of the Mountain but I don’t understand the change of title for the US; anyway, it’s an unorthodox story that starts confusingly but soon becomes very interesting and has an unusual set of characters; the police procedural part of the story is often in the background; my main complaint would be that the basic meaning of the last few pages of the story is not quite clear to me; but all in all it’s an enjoyable read


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