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The Resource The ice beneath her : a novel, Camilla Grebe ; translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel

The ice beneath her : a novel, Camilla Grebe ; translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel

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The ice beneath her : a novel
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The ice beneath her
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a novel
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Camilla Grebe ; translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel
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  • eng
  • swe
  • eng
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As winter's chill descends on Stockholm, homicide detectives Peter Lindgren and Manfred Olsson arrive at a crime scene, a posh suburban home where an unidentified woman was beheaded--a murder made more disturbing by its uncanny resemblance to an unsolved killing ten years earlier. As the detectives search for motives and the homeowner, CEO Jesper Orre, they enlist the help of retired criminal profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön. But they aren't the only ones searching. A young clerk from Orre's company, Emma Bohman, had an affair with Orre right before he disappeared. One staggering misfortune after another followed, leaving Emma certain that Orre was to blame. Pursuing the same man for different reasons, Emma and the police are destined to cross paths in a chilling dance of obsession, vengeance, madness, and love gone hellishly wrong. --
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  • In this first solo novel from Swedish author Grebe (coauthor of the Siri Bergman crime novels and the Moscow Noir trilogy), various characters take chapter turns and portray the mystery of a rich lover who breaks off contact and has perhaps come to harm, and a murdered woman found in his apartment. Is the controversial retail tycoon dead? Or is he a murderer on the run? The police and a consultant seeking the truth occupy center stage, and an old relationship becomes further fodder for intrigue. Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction, and crime fiction generally, will enjoy the understated, angsty drama created by Grebe; librarians who are desperate for Girl on the Train read-alikes can also turn to this for readers who enjoy an antiheroine. Finally, the book is also a candidate for those who enjoyed Alice LaPlante’s Turn of Mind (2011)—as a main character has Alzheimer’s disease and her condition and its implications in the workplace are well portrayed. -- Thornton-Verma, Henrietta (Reviewed 10/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 3, p29)
  • /* Starred Review */ The decapitation of a young woman propels Grebe’s exceptional solo debut, which examines three lives broken by failures to take responsibility in a Stockholm where “even the sky is crying.” Peter Lindgren, the detective investigating the crime, is afraid of commitment and still hasn’t accepted the teenage son he never wanted; shop assistant Emma Bohman, whose now-missing wealthy lover appears to be the prime suspect in the murder, dwells on her painful dysfunctional childhood; and profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön, who’s trapped in a suffocating marriage, faces early-onset Alzheimer’s while helping the police with the case. The present-day crime resembles a 10-year-old cold case during which Peter and Hanne shared a short, tragic relationship. In alternating chapters, the three central figures regret what could have been, grieve for what’s been lost, and lament what seemingly can never be, until their bone-rattling self-revelations are redeemed at last by human love. Grebe has collaborated with her sister, Åsa Träff, on the crime series featuring psychologist Siri Bergman (More Bitter than Death, etc.). Agents: Astri Von Arbin Ahlander and Christine Edhäll, Ahlander Agency (Sweden). (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/26/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 39, p)
  • Having written a high-flying crime series with sister Åsa Träff (its first two titles were nominated for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year), Grebe goes solo with the story of quiet, lovely Emma Bohman, who launches an affair with business tycoon Jesper Orre, in whose company she works. After he breaks it off, scary things start happening to her, even as police discover a woman's beheaded body at Orre's Stockholm home. That puts investigator Peter Lindgren and psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön, a tempestuously involved couple, on the case. Film rights optioned by New Line Cinema. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 07/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 12, p55)
  • /* Starred Review */ Veteran co-author Grebe (More Bitter Than Death, with Åsa Träff, 2013, etc.) takes her first solo turn in this tale of three troubled souls linked by a horrific crime—and what a turn it is.The discovery of a woman’s corpse in a Stockholm house is doubly eye-opening, partly because the place belongs to clothing tycoon Jesper Orre, famous for his wealth, hard-nosed bargaining tactics, and uncertain temper, and partly because the corpse’s severed head was “placed standing on the floor” to stare at newcomers. The crime is so outré that the closest parallel homicide detective Manfred Olsson can come up with is a cold case he and his partner, Peter Lindgren, worked 10 years ago, the beheading of temp worker Miguel Calderón. In the absence of other leads, Manfred persuades Peter, a train wreck of a man who’s particularly hard on women, to call once again on Hanne Lagerlind-Schön, the consulting psychologist who helped with that case. Manfred doesn’t know that Peter and Hanne have had a fraught history since then; neither detective knows that Hanne is now struggling with early-onset dementia. As if these aren’t complications enough, Grebe cuts repeatedly away from the investigation to focus on Emma Bohman, a salesperson at one of Jesper’s Clothes&More locations who’s swept off her feet by the boss—he meets her, takes her to bed, and proposes marriage—and is then carried along into a nightmare when Jesper improbably borrows an enormous sum of money from her and disappears from her life, only to return, evidently, while she’s out, steal a valuable painting, kill her cat, get her fired, and frame her for robbery. Each of these stories—Peter’s, Hanne’s, and Emma’s—is compelling enough to fuel an entire novel; Grebe’s skill in weaving them together is impressive. A tour de force that lifts its author to the front rank among the increasingly crowded field of Nordic noir.(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2016)
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10541367
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Grebe, Camilla
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839.73/8
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Wessel, Elizabeth Clark
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Psychological profiler novels (Camilla Grebe)
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0001
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  • Murder
  • Criminal profilers
  • Criminal profilers
  • Murder
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The ice beneath her : a novel, Camilla Grebe ; translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel
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First edition.
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350 pages
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9780425284322
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2016013298
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The ice beneath her : a novel, Camilla Grebe ; translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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1716205
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25 cm
Edition
First edition.
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350 pages
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9780425284322
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2016013298
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780425284322
  • (OCoLC)946693327

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