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Grendel's Game

by Erik Mauritzson

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Erik Mauritzson... Sweden's answer to James Patterson! What a story! A serial killer with a personal vendetta. Complex characters, twists and turns around every corner, and several suspects to keep you guessing. Of course, you'll figure it out... oh yeah, when you do - you got it all wrong! This is one you don't want to miss, if you like crime dramas at all! ( )
  bearlyr | Jan 5, 2016 |
Erik Mauritzson’s Grendel’s Game is a complex mystery, flavored with detail, weight and family affection. The protagonist, Walther Ekman, carries plenty of weight himself as he enjoys and savors the flavors of his favorite restaurants. People. place, route and procedure provide a level of detail mirroring the complexity of Ekman’s own beloved and iconic needlepoint. And the blend of horror, detection, home life and dedication mirrors that of any offering from Swedish noir. But, in contrast to the genre, Erik Mauritzson's protagonist is very happily married. He has a wonderful relationship with his family; parents, children and grandchildren are all lovingly portrayed on the page. Meanwhile Ekman's enemy poses an almost mythical threat to draw him and the reader in.

Imagine Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, blended with Hannibal Lecter, and seasoned with a touch of Jack Sprat. The result is a detailed investigative mystery, with a wealth of house and home, and just that hint of conviction that things will somehow have to go wrong. A Swedish sense of order pervades it all, embroidered with a meticulous understanding of the way procedures work. But these twists might turn too close to home as the story progresses, and Grendel, mythically misunderstood, could exact a very physical, unmythical price.

When the endgame is played out and the last page turned, the victor might demand the spoils, or live to fight more monsters another day. You’ll have to follow a long dark journey into the mind, and balance the weights of body and soul together, to resolve it all.

Disclosure: I was given a free preview edition by the publisher and I offer my honest review. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | May 15, 2015 |
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"Southwestern Sweden is the site of an increasingly frantic hunt for Grendel, a psychopathic murderer the media will dub the cannibal killler. Thirty-year veteran, quirky, overweight Chief Superintendent Walther Ekman, has a difficult choice when he gets a boatsful letter from a self-proclaimed cannibal: he can ignor it as a hoax or set about finding him..."--Dustjacket.… (more)

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