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Michael Hjorth

Author of Dark Secrets

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Includes the name: Michael Hjorth

Image credit: Swedish film producer, film director and writer Michael Hjort at Helsinki Book Fair 2012 (by Anneli Salo)

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Works by Michael Hjorth

Dark Secrets (2010) 566 copies
The Man Who Watched Women (2012) 321 copies
The Man Who Wasn't There (2012) 266 copies
The Silent Girl (2014) 221 copies
De test (2015) 176 copies
Muertos prescindibles (2018) 12 copies
Veritats enterrades (2021) 4 copies
Im Schrank (2014) 3 copies
Justice divine (2021) 3 copies
Crimenes Duplicados (2013) 3 copies

Associated Works

Tatort Tannenbaum: Kommissare feiern Weihnachten (2012) — Contributor — 9 copies

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Série Sebastian Bergman #1.

Tudo começa com uma chamada para a polícia. Um rapaz de 16 anos de idade desapareceu. É organizada uma busca e um grupo de jovens escuteiros faz uma terrível descoberta. As questões começam a desenrolar-se a partir daí.

A polícia local em Västeräs (cidade onde a cena se desenvolve) tem os seus próprios problemas. Isso dificulta a tarefa da equipa especialista (liderada por Torkel), chamada para auxiliar a polícia local.

Sebastian Bergman é relutantemente designado pelo seu antigo chefe Torkel para ajudar a localizar o assassino do rapaz.
Sebastian agarra-se à equipa de investigação por razões totalmente egoístas. O conteúdo de uma carta antiga descoberta entre os pertences da casa dos seus pais é a razão. Descobre-a, pois tem como objetivo vender a casa o mais rapidamente possível, depois da morte da mãe, com quem não falava há muito.

Sebastian é especialista em traçar perfis, formado como psicólogo criminal.
Está emocionalmente despojado; não quer saber o que os outros pensam dele; um solitário que não deixa ninguém entrar no seu espaço interior; procura conquistas sexuais como um vício e abriga um profundo luto não resolvido (que influencia em muito a sua atual personalidade).
Sabe tudo sobre as suas fraquezas, mas não está disposto a mudar e é incapaz de o fazer. Mas, como afirma perante todos, é excelente no que faz.

Os diferentes pontos de vista facilitam conhecer um pouco todos os personagens. Encontramos capítulos sobre o criminoso. Ele intitula-se, "O homem que não é um assassino".

"ʜᴇ ʀᴇᴘᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴛʜɪꜱ ᴛᴏ ʜɪᴍꜱᴇʟꜰ ᴀꜱ ʜᴇ ᴅʀᴀɢɢᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴀᴅ ʙᴏʏ ᴅᴏᴡɴ ᴛʜᴇ ꜱʟᴏᴘᴇ: ɪ ᴀᴍ ɴᴏᴛ ᴀ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀᴇʀ."

O que faz com que este livro se destaque dos outros do género são as personagens. Todos têm os seus pequenos segredos e peculiaridades, também razão pela qual a leitura deste livro foi tão intrigante.

Este é um romance cativante, um belo mistério que é dominado por personagens convincentes e credíveis. O tema que permeia toda a história é a dor, a felicidade e a importância dos laços entre pais e filhos.
Os autores constroem com mestria suspense. Conseguem criar múltiplas teorias lógicas.
E para além do enredo principal, existe um momento explosivo na última página.
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craly | 21 other reviews | Jan 24, 2024 |
As with all of the best Nordic Noir heroes, Sebastian Bergman is a complex character carrying a truckload of emotional baggage into his work life. In Sebastian’s case, he is a criminal psychologist who lost his wife and daughter, and seems only able to subsume his pain by indulging in compulsive sexual behaviour. Even prior to his personal loss, he seems to have been a pretty unlikeable colleague anyway.

This, of course, makes him the perfect candidate for a series of Scandinavian crime novels.

Dark Secrets is the first in the series. Bergman involves himself in the case of the gruesome murder of a teenage boy for ulterior motives of his own. He convinces his old boss to add him to the investigative team, which stirs up resentment amongst his colleagues. Bergman cannot help himself from fanning the flames by baiting and putting down his team-mates, being indiscreet during interviews and generally choosing his own eccentric course, despite orders to the contrary.

Hjorth and Rosenfeldt have created a gem of a character, a very flawed man who still attracts our sympathies, and deliver a twisting and hard to predict story line. The authors feint in several directions and keep you guessing right up to the end, in both the main plot of the investigation and the secondary story line of Bergman’s personal search. There is certainly enough interest to make me want to come back for a second helping.

I would probably have enjoyed this book a lot more if I hadn’t chanced upon the Sebastian Bergman TV series on Amazon. In a one-line summary of this episode, they managed to give away one of the biggest plot developments in the entire book. Thanks Amazon.
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gjky | 21 other reviews | Apr 9, 2023 |
A Higher Justice is the first book I have read in the Sebastian Bergman series. However, I have seen all the filmed episodes and I really love the series. After reading this book can I also say that I like to read about Sebastian Bergman and the rest of the characters just as much as I enjoy watching the tv-series. I can also say that Sebastian Bergman is just as selfish and sometimes unpleasant as he is in the TV series. However, I cannot help but like him. It may be because I see Rolf Lassgård in front of me during the progress of the book and he is not only a fantastic actor he fits perfectly as Sebastian. The case is captivating and I really like how you slowly but surely realize more and more what binds the different victims together. The end is shocking and horrible and now I long to read the next book!

A Higher Justice is just my kind of crime novel. Superb characters and a captivating plot with an end that really surprised me.

A big thank you to Norstedts for the review copy!
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MaraBlaise | 2 other reviews | Jul 23, 2022 |
This series stays impressive because the cases are complex and the investigative team are all such troubled people.
 
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WiebkeK | 5 other reviews | Jan 21, 2021 |

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