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In the midst of this Steen is called out to a murder where a man in a balaclava has been killed in a locked cemetery surrounded by police officers. I somewhat enjoyed Unrest which is a long, complicated novel with a bit of everything, I would like to thank Netgalley and Mirror Books for an advance copy of Unrest, the first novel to feature Danish detective, Axel Steen. I somewhat enjoyed Unrest which is a long, complicated novel with a bit of everything, not least realism. I don't really know where to start trying to explain it but perhaps with the atmosphere which I can admire but not really enjoy.
There is a real sense of hatred and danger which permeates the novel with the autonomists I translate that as left wing radicals and anarchists distrusting the police and willing to engage in rioting at the least sign of heavy handedness, which is frequently as heavy handedness seems to be the only way the police conduct their business. There is no touchy-feely sensitivity in this version of the Copenhagen police, it is all hard edges and brutality and this approach is all inclusive, so covers not just social unrest but information gathering and protection of their interests and image.
I found it a tough and disquieting read, especially as it has a real ring of authenticity about it. Obviously I need to man up. Aside from the tough, brutal atmosphere the novel has a good, if convoluted plot. Axel Steen is a dedicated detective, able to see past the obvious, so he works the case doggedly, unhindered by his boss who wants rid of him and the organised crime team who insist on "helping" but are working to their own agenda. The story of their involvement borders on farce when it's finally revealed but, again, smacks of reality, involving as it does cover-up, arrogance and ambition.
There is hardly a single pleasant character in the novel and as there are plenty of them Mr Stein has a field day stripping back human nature to its corrupt venality at worst, indifference at best. Even Axel Steen is a poor specimen with his insomnia, hypochondria, hash smoking and loneliness, just a man trying to get by, making mistakes and trying to live with it. It paints a stark picture of modern mankind. I feel that Unrest is not really sure about what it wants to be, social commentary or murder investigation so the investigation gets somewhat lost in some of the digressions and the focus is not always on it fully.
As it stands it is a very interesting read but as a procedural it could do with a prune and a sharper focus. It will not be to everyone's taste but I have no hesitation in recommending it as a good, if gritty and sometimes uncomfortable read. I am a huge fan of Scandinavian Noir so this was a book I knew I wanted to read immediately. Jesper Stein is a multi-award winning crime writer.
He is also the third bestselling author in Denmark. Stein has written a number of books featuring Detective Chief Inspector Axel Steen and the rights to three of them have been purchased by SF I am a huge fan of Scandinavian Noir so this was a book I knew I wanted to read immediately. Stein has written a number of books featuring Detective Chief Inspector Axel Steen and the rights to three of them have been purchased by SF Studios producers of "The Bridge" with the intention of making three films based on Axel's exploits. His crime novels have been sold to more than ten countries, including France, Germany, Holland and Norway.
It's safe to say he is a big talent. Why didn't I know about him sooner?
The corpse of unidentified man is found bound and hooded propped up against a gravestone at the central cemetery. Axel Steen is assigned to the case and it initially looks as though the culprit could be a member of the police force when camera footage is found. There also appears to be a link to the demolition of the nearby Youth House, a notorious spot where left-wing militants meet.
However, Axel soon discovers that many people, both inside and outside of the police force, seem to be hindering the investigation in what looks like an attempt at stopping the case being solved. The clues then take him to unexpected places such as the Copenhagen underworld where drugs and gangs are rife. Axel will not stop until the killer is caught, no matter the consequences.
And the consequences for Axel himself may turn out to be greater than expected. I admired Axel's tenacity but he has some real personal issues to contend with. He is divorced from his wife who is hellbent on keeping him from being able to see his daughter. Axel's character is well-developed and despite him always being at odds with his bosses, I enjoyed reading about him. The story is well written, easy to get into and fast paced. I read it within a day as I couldn't put it down, it was so good. I cannot wait to read more from Stein as I loved his writing style and the creation of a flawed character in Steen.
There is a lot of circumstances and situations throughout the story where you feel sympathy for Steen. I didn't mind that the author used that old trope of a Detective with personal issues which is really overused in crime fiction. It worked here and as I liked Axel this was neither here nor there for me.
All in all, a fantastic, dark and gritty read that I had fun with. I cannot wait to pick up some of Stein's other books, I know I am late to the party but better late than never, as they say! Mirror Books have secured the first five books in this series and this is the first time Stein's crime fiction has been translated into English.
I look forward to the reading the whole of the series. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Unrest — A riot through Copenhagen Being woken up in the middle of the night by headquarters, was never nice as it meant there was a fresh corpse for him to look at. Detective Axel Steen, not the most popular detective in Copenhagen, but the one that was the most terrier like when he was on a case. Fortunately for Stein the body was not far from his apartment and was in the cemetery. The Norrebro district where he lives, is a bohemian district of Copenhagen and had been on fire for most of the da Unrest — A riot through Copenhagen Being woken up in the middle of the night by headquarters, was never nice as it meant there was a fresh corpse for him to look at.
The Norrebro district where he lives, is a bohemian district of Copenhagen and had been on fire for most of the day. This all due to the police raid on the Youth House and all the violence that followed. So, when Stein got to the cemetery past all the smoke-filled barriers and resting police, is a dead body that looks like another left- wing protester.
The body is eventually identified, which leads to more questions than answers, while drawing him into the heart of the Copenhagen drugs trade, the Balkans and the Security Police. With nobody seemingly trusting Steen, he is slowly side-lined and ends up working the investigation his own way, but on his own. The investigation seems to be going off in different tangents, but Steen is not afraid to step back and look at all the information available. Like a jigsaw puzzle without a picture, Steen is the one who slowly pieces everything together. Even if it does mean going out on a limb.
Like any defective detective Axel Steen is not only the problem child of the Police Service, but the problem child with his ex-wife and his daughter. He has relationship problems that get him into trouble, before you count his dependency on hash.
Refresh and try again. A great thriller that for once does not revolve around the molesting and killing of children and women. Axel Steen - hvor er du dog en ualmindelig irriterende karakter L'ultimo uomo buono La Gaja scienza Vol. Say it Ain't So, Joe [excerpts]. Meist jedoch nimmt die Geschichte schnell wieder Fahrt auf und die Spannung geht nicht verloren.
He is in the middle of a personal crisis, a career crisis, but he does not care he wants to solve the case and he will. Jesper Stein has created a wonderfully defective character in Axel Steen, that even when things are going wrong around him he carries on. Set with a background of the bohemian district, you get a flavour of part of Copenhagen not often seen by the tourist.
This is an engrossing read, showing that even the countries that are seen as sensible Europeans have an underbelly which is always willing to fight back. An excellent thriller that shows you not everything in Denmark is nice and shiny, but dark and gritty. An excellent addition to the Scandi Noir Oeuvre. Nordic noir is one of my favorite genres, so I was pleased to learn that a popular author from Denmark had recently been translated.
Unfortunately this novel, with not even one likable character and a convoluted plot, really disappointed me. Mijn nieuwsgierigheid is bevredigd. In mijn verwachtingen ben ik enigszins teleurgesteld, maar de drie sterren die ik 'Onrust' toebedeel zijn dik en vet. Stein laat zien dat hij de potentie heeft een zeer goede thriller te schrijven, het komt er in deel 1 van de driedelige Axel Steen-reeks echter nog net niet 'Onrust', de debuutthriller van de Deense auteur Jesper Stein Jesper Stein Larsen, , is een bestseller in zowel Denemarken als Duitsland, wat nieuwsgierig maakt en verwachtingen wekt.
Stein laat zien dat hij de potentie heeft een zeer goede thriller te schrijven, het komt er in deel 1 van de driedelige Axel Steen-reeks echter nog net niet helemaal uit. Alsof hij te veel wil, bang is om 'stiltes' te laten vallen, zijn lezers tekort te doen als hij te weinig gedetailleerd is. In Denemarken is deel 2 inmiddels verschenen, getiteld 'Bye buy blackbird', deel 3 staat op punt van verschijnen en heet 'Akrash', een begrip dat ook in deel 1 voorkomt.
Nu hopen dat 'Onrust' voldoende verkocht wordt om het voor uitgever De Geus interessant te maken de volgende delen in vertaling uit te brengen. Rechercheur van politie Axel Steen speelt de hoofdrol in 'Onrust'. Na de rellen wordt een dode aangetroffen, vermoord, terwijl de politie in groten getale aanwezig was. Aan Axel Steen de taak uit te zoeken wie de dode is, hoe dit kon gebeuren en wie de moordenaar is. Steen heeft zijn eigen werkmethodes, die hem niet in dank worden afgenomen, en wordt van het onderzoek gehaald, op een zijspoor gerangeerd.
Dat is voor hem geen beletsel om verder te wroeten tot de onderste steen boven is. Zijn er wellicht politiemensen bij de moord betrokken? Het is lastig op gang komen in 'Onrust'.
Bladzijdenlang weidt Stein uit over de onlusten, de oorzaken en gevolgen ervan, de diversiteit aan bewoners van de wijk, enzovoort. Uiteindelijk blijkt dat alles niet van cruciaal belang voor het verhaal, kennelijk had de auteur de onbedwingbare behoefte zijn kennis te etaleren. De hoofdpersonages worden prima gekarakteriseerd, je kunt je moeiteloos een beeld vormen van hun uiterlijk en hun gedrag.
Wie goed is en wie slecht blijft lange tijd in raadselen gehuld, al rijzen er tijdens het lezen vermoedens, de spanning stijgt gaandeweg. Steen neemt Emma mee naar zijn werk als het zo uitkomt, waar ze o. De schrijfstijl daarentegen kan een oppepper gebruiken. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.
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