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The Tunnel (Danny Katz 2) (edició 2017)

de Carl-Johan Vallgren (Autor)

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"Once a promising military intelligence officer, Danny Katz now uses his considerable gifts as a linguist and computer hacker in his work as a private investigator. He was once a high-functioning heroin addict, but his habit finally tripped him up and now he is self-employed, his relationship with his ex-wife and two daughters deeply troubled. In short, Katz is used to his fair share of suffering. But when his former drug dealer, Ramón, disappears along with Ramón's girlfriend, Jenny, the line between his current and former lives begins to blur. Many questions trail in the wake of the couple's disappearance: How did a small-time dealer like Ramón suddenly find himself in possession of a gigantic shipment of drugs? And was Jenny really who she claimed to be? Katz's investigation leads him to the darkest corners of Stockholm's black market, including its lucrative porn industry, and before long he finds his old addiction threatening to reassert its grip on his life. As the unorthodox investigation unfolds, one thing becomes clear--someone is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Katz from discovering the brutal truth. Will Katz be able to master his personal demons and find Ramón before Stockholm's netherworld once again claims him as its own?"--… (més)
Membre:TonkoKordic
Títol:The Tunnel (Danny Katz 2)
Autors:Carl-Johan Vallgren (Autor)
Informació:Quercus (2017), Edition: 1, 336 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
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Etiquetes:mystery, private detective, Stockholm, read only

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Fasansfull verklighet som tyvärr inte känns helt overklig. Välskrivet av CJ Vallgren som vanligt även om jag föredrar hans dramaböcker. ( )
  Mats_Sigfridsson | Dec 27, 2020 |
Once upon a time there were 3 homeless teenagers who became best friends as they struggled to survive the mean streets of Stockholm. At first all Eva, Jorma & Katz had in common was the daily hunt for their next hit of heroin. But eventually the trio found something even more addictive to sustain them….trust.

But all “good” things must end & they went their separate ways. Years later, all 3 are still in Stockholm but living very different lives. They don’t know it yet but a series of seemingly random events are about to bring them back together.

Eva is now a prosecutor investigating cross-border financial crimes. She’s working with colleagues in the Balkans who believe mafia money is flowing to Sweden to be laundered. The big question is: who’s on the receiving end?

Jorma is in a bit of a tight spot. He’s tried walking the straight & narrow but the truth is, it’s boring. So when a buddy asks for help pulling off an armed robbery, he jumps. To say it doesn’t go well is an understatement.

Katz (following events in the last book) has all the work he wants as an independent translator & IT security expert. He’s been clean for 10 years but when an old friend dies in mysterious circumstances, he finds himself drawn back into the life he left behind.

Initially the book alternates between the 3 separate POV’s so we get pulled into the lives of these characters. Each has a compelling story & as they pick away at their individual investigations, a subtle tension begins to build as they start attracting the wrong kind of attention. The connections are not immediately clear. Peripheral characters slip in & out of story lines, making you wonder who can be trusted & who’s hiding behind a clever facade.

As the story lines converge, the horrific scope of the criminal network begins to emerge. These people play for keeps & the game turns deadly as they get closer to the truth. The MC’s run into some dicey situations & this is where some suspension of disbelief will be required. They catch some lucky breaks to be sure but 2 things save the story: how much you want them to succeed & how badly you want some of these despicable people to pay.

This is definitely Scandi noir. The backdrop of Stockholm’s seedier streets is enhanced by descriptions of the addicts’ lives & the powerful opportunists who abuse them. It’s a disturbing read at times. But the author’s depictions are not gratuitous, rather it’s just that he doesn’t shy away from reality. The atmosphere becomes darker as things go from bad to worse, a descent that is mirrored by the changes in Katz.

This is a guy who shouldn’t be alive. He’s a lapsed Jew who lost his parents too young & never really recovered. There’s a suppressed anger buried inside him & when Jorma & Eva are threatened, it’s almost a relief to let it out.

Although this can be a stand alone, I recommend starting with “The Boy in the Shadows”. There are references to events in that book & knowing the characters’ backgrounds makes for a richer reading experience with this one. The ending made my jaw drop & now I’m wondering where the author will take us in book #3. ( )
  RowingRabbit | May 28, 2017 |
Dypdykk i Stockholms underverden

Jeg har fulgt forfatterskapet til Carl-Johan Vallgren (f. 1964) en stund. Jeg har latt meg begeistre av "Den vidunderlige kjærlighetens historie" (2002), "Kunzelmann & Kunzelmann" (2009) og "Havmannen" (2012) (samtlige linker peker på mine tidligere blogginnlegg om disse bøkene). Det er særlig den første boka han har blitt prisbelønt for, og som førte til hans gjennombrudd som forfatter. Forut for dette hadde han utgitt syv bøker.

Da jeg begynte på "Svin" tenkte jeg ikke et øyeblikk på at dette faktisk var en krim-bok - den andre i en krimserie om Danny Katz ("Skyggegutten" er første bok i denne serien). Ikke en gang da jeg leste de gruoppvekkende beskrivelsene av Stockholms prostitusjons- og pornoindustri, slo dette meg. For er det noe jeg gradvis har blitt vant til når det gjelder denne forfatteren, så er det nettopp hvor brutalt han beskriver det råtne i samfunnet - om så det gjelder smågutter som piner en liten kattepus til døde, slik han gjør i "Havmannen". Det er ikke disse sidene ved hans forfatterskap jeg først og fremst er begeistret for heller, bare for å ha sagt det! Derimot er det språket og samfunnsengasjementet (uten at dette fremstår som et politisk budskap bak bøkene hans). Selv om "Svin" ikke ender opp på min Vallgren-favorittliste, ser jeg at boka har mye til felles med "Havmannen", der ondskap er tematikken. Men for meg går det et skille mellom den mer tradisjonelle romansjangeren og krimsjangeren. Krim har jeg for lengst blitt så lei at jeg nesten kan si at jeg er ferdig med sjangeren.

I bokas innledning introduseres vi for Jorma Hedlund som har gjort seg ferdig med sitt tidligere kriminelle liv. Så dukker det opp en sjanse han ikke kan la gå fra seg. Et siste ran av en verditransport, og så er det virkelig slutt! Slik skal det imidlertid ikke gå ...

Danny Katz er en tidligere stoffmisbruker, som sliter med abstinensene mens han forsøker å finne ut hva som skjedde med kjæresten Jenny og en tidligere venn og narko-selger Ramón. Under sin jakt på svaret, kommer han borti Stockholms prostitusjons- og pornoindustri. Det han finner er så gruoppvekkende at det var opprivende å lese/høre ...

Spenningen stiger utover i boka, og selv om krimsjangeren ikke er min favorittsjanger, må jeg berømme forfatteren for måten plottet er bygget opp på. Likevel savnet jeg Vallgrens språklige kvaliteter i denne boka, som jeg opplevde holdt et jevnt men ikke brilliant nivå.

Slutten av boka opplevde jeg for øvrig som rimelig spekulativ, der cliffhanger-faktoren er vel høy ... I alle fall dersom hensikten er at det skal komme flere bøker om Danny Katz. Er det derimot siste sluttstrek for Danny Katz, er slutten helt grei og nærmest som forventet.

Jeg kommer nok ikke til å følge Danny Katz videre dersom det kommer flere bøker i denne serien. Jeg håper for øvrig at Vallgren ikke har sluttet å skrive mer tradisjonell skjønnlitteratur! (Har vi ikke nok krimforfattere fra før av?)

Dersom du liker hardkokt krim, er dette helt sikkert en bok for deg! Bokbloggerne Tine og Kleppanrova har i alle fall latt seg begeistre, mens et ble i meste laget for Reading Randi (linkene peker til deres omtaler av "Svin"). Er du derimot en leser som har likt Vallgrens tidligere romaner, og ikke er så begeistret for krim, vil jeg ikke anbefale denne boka (pga. sjangeren - ikke pga. boka som sådan).

Christopher Staib er flott oppleser for øvrig! Lydbokforlaget er gode på å finne passende stemmer til sine lydbøker!

Utgitt i Sverige: 2015
Originaltittel: Svinen
Utgitt i Norge: 2016
Forlag: Gyldendal (papirutgaven)/Lydbokforlaget (lydboka)
Oversatt: Bjørn Alex Herrman
Oppleser: Christoffer Staib
Spilletid: 8 t 13 min.
Antall sider: 384
ISBN: 9788242163356 (lydfil)
ISBN: 9788205477919 (papirutgaven) ( )
  Rose-Marie | May 29, 2016 |
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"Once a promising military intelligence officer, Danny Katz now uses his considerable gifts as a linguist and computer hacker in his work as a private investigator. He was once a high-functioning heroin addict, but his habit finally tripped him up and now he is self-employed, his relationship with his ex-wife and two daughters deeply troubled. In short, Katz is used to his fair share of suffering. But when his former drug dealer, Ramón, disappears along with Ramón's girlfriend, Jenny, the line between his current and former lives begins to blur. Many questions trail in the wake of the couple's disappearance: How did a small-time dealer like Ramón suddenly find himself in possession of a gigantic shipment of drugs? And was Jenny really who she claimed to be? Katz's investigation leads him to the darkest corners of Stockholm's black market, including its lucrative porn industry, and before long he finds his old addiction threatening to reassert its grip on his life. As the unorthodox investigation unfolds, one thing becomes clear--someone is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Katz from discovering the brutal truth. Will Katz be able to master his personal demons and find Ramón before Stockholm's netherworld once again claims him as its own?"--

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