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  • Title: Under the Snow
  • Author: Kerstin Ekman Joan Tate
  • ISBN: 9780312200381
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the harsh, distant Nordic landscape of Lapland, shrouded in the unremitting darkness of winter, a drunken evening ends in two deaths.But when Constable Torsson skis out to investigate, he is met with a conspiracy of silence witnesses contradict and confuse one another the only clue is a bloodstained mahjong tile Reluctantly Torsson accepts their story and the case iIn the harsh, distant Nordic landscape of Lapland, shrouded in the unremitting darkness of winter, a drunken evening ends in two deaths.But when Constable Torsson skis out to investigate, he is met with a conspiracy of silence witnesses contradict and confuse one another the only clue is a bloodstained mahjong tile Reluctantly Torsson accepts their story and the case is closedUntil the arrival of David, an eccentric redheaded painter determined to find out the truth And as their investigation uncovers the full fury of small town suspicion adn guilt, events move inexorably towards a chilling and violent climax.
    Under the Snow In the harsh distant Nordic landscape of Lapland shrouded in the unremitting darkness of winter a drunken evening ends in two deaths But when Constable Torsson skis out to investigate he is met wi

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    1. Under the Snow stretches the police procedural genre or rather, freezes it to fit its setting a tiny Sami village on the Arctic circle in Norbotten County, the northernmost county of Sweden Constable Bengt Torsson is called to investigate the death of art teacher Matti Olsson, at the small Rakisjokk Nomad School, situated at the far west end of a long, narrow lake The school exists only for the Sami children, and the few Swedish people in the village are those doing weather measurements, teachin [...]

    2. If you can t think of anything good to say, say nothing.Three hours later.That didn t last long, I have to say something I gather this is a first novel, maybe it s also her worst I felt like the characters were largely names with adjectives added to them None of them felt real or fleshed out It has the virtue of being short, but despite that I m afraid I skimmed the last third, having lost patience with it by then I would have made a bad S mi.

    3. This is as much a mystery as it is a learning about a culture It IS a mystery Matti was found dead under the snow under suspicious circumstances and Aili is missing in a Sami village in the north pole winterI admit I had a difficult time understanding what was going on at first but once I caught on to the wording and thought processes, I really enjoyed the book I felt transported to another way of life where people live in the cold dark winter and live in a closed society with their own ways and [...]

    4. Written in 1961, another book like Blackwater set in a closed rural community in Northern Sweden As always Ekman s descriptions of the natural world are second to none The main protagonist David an eccentric artist is almost comic, especially when paired with the over weight policeman Torsson But this is far than a detective novel, indeed the detection almost happens by accident A slow unravelling that finally reveals the truth.

    5. I selected this book, Under the Snow because I felt as though I needed to explore the mystery genre of books again As a kid some of my favorite books were mysteries, and I hoped I would resurface my enjoyment for them I also selected this book because it wasn t too long and I needed a book that didn t drag on It was a good thing this book was indeed short though, as I did not resurface my love for mysteries through this particular book The book did have the aspects of mystery which I appreciated [...]

    6. This was a strange little book Set in a small rural Finnish community, a young man is found dead in the snow The investigation concludes that he died of exposure after becoming drunk and falling asleep in the freezing cold.Six months later a friend of his arrives to discover his death and reopens the investigation It appears that the whole community is keeping a huge secret about what happened Apart from that not a lot happens, there seems to be a lot of walking up the hill and walking down the [...]

    7. I feel like the translation was pretty clumsy, either that or everyone really does shout and roar and loudly exclaim throughout every conversation they have in Swedish This certainly didn t help the feeling of taking forever to read slash get to the point of any given moment.

    8. On the surface this is a mystery, with the attendant false leads, feints, twists and surprises, set in an exotic local to intrigue us The two protagonists are the unlikely buddies newly met, a half whacked painter and a stolid, buddha like Swedish policeman They re both out of their element, thrust into a rural community committed to educating the Sami Laplanders and filled with eccentrics that somehow can t fit in anywhere else but in the farthest north of Sweden The darkness, a character in it [...]

    9. Resigned to expanding my mystery reading horizons beyond the cozy mystery which I commonly recommend to older library patrons but really not anxious to delve into violent crime fiction, I was drawn to this book by its brevity, the fame of its author, and the northern Sweden setting in which the action takes place Ekman introduces many characters into this work, most of whom are so sparingly described that a reader easily can become confused What I appreciated the wry wit, the occasional inclusio [...]

    10. Although many of Ekman s future concerns tensions between the Sami communities in Northern Sweden and Swedish society, small town politics, the meaningless violence that comes as the consequence of violence with motivation are also elemental in this, her first novel, Under the Snow definitely reads as a primer for better things to come Namely, Blackwater If this had been the first novel of Ekman s that I had read, I wouldn t necessarily believe that she d develop into so fine a prose writer Her [...]

    11. This little gem of a story turned up hidden among a box of dusty books at a local book fair I nearly missed it, but am so glad I didn t, despite it being very tatty Its a Swedish crime novel my favourite but it is set in the very far north among the Sami people It gives the impression that the Sami are totally foreign to Swedes, and they have their own language and culture, and seem to prefer to speak Finnish not Swedish, although this may well be antagonistic against the Swedish constable who i [...]

    12. Hmm This seemed a little strange Maybe that was the intention The first chapter started off relatively sensible a murder is reported, policeman heads north to investigate Then from chapter 2 onwards one of the new characters appears and he just seems a little odd Do people talk like that Maybe the oddness was to reflect the near darkness winters that far north I don t know.I got a bit confused by all the characters, some with slightly similar names, and who was meant to have said what when, and [...]

    13. A nice compact detective story set in northern Sweden and written in 1961, a long time before the current trend for Scandi crime Matti a young man has died in a remote village populated by a few loners and some Sami The policeman Torsson is satisfied it was am accident but a few months later he returns with an old friend of Matti who is not convinced The villagers clam up and are obviously hiding something, it takes a lot of poking around the village and surrounding mountains before the real eve [...]

    14. Interesting little book It reads like exquisite literature There s no hack cop or hammering detective but a wise, quiet man The characters are finely tuned The descriptiveness is beautiful But it is not a mystery or thriller It is a reading and journey of a group You come to know them Their homes The snow and mud and the smells And the coffee So, it s getting four stars I hope people don t pass it by thinking it s a who done it It s so much .

    15. For a short book it took forever to read The clumsy translation had to be re translated while reading While interesting enough to finish, I felt the setting and descriptions of the Sami culture were superior to the story The disappointing ending didn t compare to the outcomes that I had imagined I don t know why certain characters were developed the way they were when they had no real significance to the story Per Anders Per Anti are the same person

    16. Translated by Joan Tate.Opening paragraph IRakisjokk s Upper TenHe had been fighting with a fly all morning Starving, it had overwintered between the venetian blind and the inner pane of the duty room window It was staggering around in there, occaisionally tumbling head over heels if it had heels He was swiping at it with the ruler, but couldn t reach to give it the coup de gr ce

    17. This an excellent mystery thriller The fact that it is written in the harshest of conditions in northern Lapland where the never ending darkness of winter and the constant exposing sun of the summer play such a major role in the unfolding of this intriguing story I was literally left in the dark till the last chapter A very good read.

    18. Not bad Ekman is in control of her materials than, say, Stieg Larsson was, but she s not quite where she would be with Blackwater, which so well balances a large number of plot elements to create a sense of northern Scandinavia as a world unto itself, but also make it significant to readers who know little of that world.

    19. As always when it comes to Kerstin Ekman, the language is absolutely beautiful In the case of De Tre Sm M starna, it is close to tailor made for the descriptions of the harsh and taciturn landscapes and people of the north of Sweden Wonderful story all the way, especially if you read between the lines.

    20. I read this book a while ago and found it very atmospheric The mystery was beguiling and the characters and setting interesting The author has vividly portrayed a sense of cold, bleak isolation I ve also read another book by this author and will be looking out for .

    21. I found it difficult to follow the story thought it might be the translation Finished the book, but wondered what it really was about the bleakness of the story is overwehlming I just I didn t like this book.

    22. This book was harder to follow and did not hold my attention as well as other Scandinavian murder mysteries The ending brought a little excitment, though It was interesting to hear about life in the far north, however.

    23. This book felt like a long short story than a novel and probably because of that I enjoyed it than I did Blackwater Small town Sweden and some excellent writing translation.

    24. Not going to rate the book, as I didn t get past page 25 don t let that put you off though Keep in mind that the book is a translation of a Swedish book written in 1961 the language is a bit different from modern books written in English.

    25. Ms Ekman creates interesing protagonists, neither sane nor attractive nor young nor smart But with layers of sensitivity and interest that you keep you connected to the story.And for a non European, the physical world that she writes about is engaging and unusual.A good read.

    26. More an evocation of the Sami culture than a mystery People who live in northern regions of the world sure know how to survive deprivation.

    27. I am glad that I read this sample of the author s work Not sure I want to spend time with any Slow and boring, not the best of Scandinavian crime mystery.

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