Pierced – Thomas Enger

So, is it just me or do we all struggle with difficult names in Scandinavian crime fiction?  It’s one of the downsides to reading this stuff. I guess we are all looking for another Steig Larsen. Won’t find it here.

Pierced is a bit formulaic for me, but perhaps I should mention this is book 2 in a series where I haven’t read book 1. Our hero is a damaged journalist. He is coming to grips with the death of his son which apparently happened in book one. He has a convenient memory lapse which can slowly be returned over a number of books. He is separated from his wife who is having an affair with his main rival at work. OMG – how will he cope?

There are multiple crimes and multiple bad guys in the novel. We get red herrings tossed at us and a killer is brought to justice leaving the mastermind out there for a follow up book. It isn’t fast paced but kept me interested.

Fans of crime fiction probably won’t feel let down and would happily read it. But there is better stuff out there.


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