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SUMMARY µ Stenhuggaren È Scandi crime thriller from international bestseller Camilla Läckberg perfect for fans of Jo Nesbø Henning Mankell and Stieg LarssonThe remote resort of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net But this was no accidental drowning Local detective PatriHaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net But this was no accidental drowning Local detective Patrik Hedström has just become a father It is his grim task to discover who coul. I got me somethin' to say about mystery booksOver the past several years I've been reading and in the way of mysteries and there are a few things I've noticed along the way Although there are plenty of mysteries written and published in France Mexico Peru Spain Russia and cetera here in the United States we primarily see those that are written here England and the Scandinavian nations and it is those last three styles that I want to talk about I say styles because there is definitely a particular underlying general style that each of these three cultures seem to produce In the American mystery novel the reader is thrown right into the soup immediately shots fired people dying right off the bat then the protagonists and antagonists who may or may not have been introduced yet work their way through the novel while offering varying levels of characterization along the way McBain Stout Chandler Hammett Charyn Burke and many American mysteries sometimes appear to have a focus on action but this is really just a vehicle for the exploration of emotional situations that typically use a lot of dialog This is the center of the American mystery style in my opinion and almost any other American genre style emotional situation What would happen if this type of person saw that type of person do this or say that to this other type of person What would they do and are they right in doing it In the end in many American novels the ideas of right and wrong get boiled down to a gray sludge that the reader does not even notice themselves relating to because the characters are usually so dynamic and often likable that right or wrong moral or immoral lose importance or value in their presenceWhat I've noticed about mysteries written by English authors is the focus on character development Before the actual mystery meat of the tale even BEGINS to be explored there has already been a good chunk of the novel devoted to nailing down the characters and their relationships with each other and their environment PD James and Agatha Christie are the first of a great many English mystery writers who pop into mind when I think about this tendency The English mysteries tend not to dwell so much on the gory details over and over and over again but on the intelligent placement and discovery of the clue and the almost always unspoken assumption that the good guys are in fact good and that they will prevail Scandinavian mysteries are an in depth mixture of both worlds with extremely detailed characters and character interactivity combined with gritty and usually topical crimes to be solved The thing about the Scandinavian style though is that these writers are extremely interested in not simply uestions of good guys and bad guys but actual right and wrong The characters are not only emotionally developed but also psychologically and often spiritually developed These characters are operating in a world that has been intricately crafted so as to bring their depths motivations uirks magnetism repulsiveness into the light for the reader to sink their teeth into The psychological approach to delving into the character add greatly to the believability of the world of the tale sinking the reader into the story as though they were actually there with the cop or the street kid or the single mother or the doctor worrying about the time he's Not spending with his wife and new child or the degenerate One uirk I have to also bring up regarding Scandinavian mysteries is the nonchalant disregard for the actual law of the land in place of what is deemed morally right I noticed this tendency long ago when I used to read the old sagas like Gisli's or Egil's or Njal's there is a feeling of obvious common sense respect where it comes to what is simple and true in regard to humans and their fallibility to being Human and as the characters recognize these different things in themselves and each other the story gradually resolves its various plot points hand in hand with themIn any case whether you dig what I'm getting at or not The Stonecutter is an excellent read

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Scandi crime thriller from international bestseller Camilla Läckberg perfect for fans of Jo Nesbø Henning Mankell and Stieg LarssonThe remote resort of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy though per. The first thjing I noticed about this book was the sticker placed on the cover presumabl;y by the booksellers saying If you like Jo Nesbo you'll love this And the books by Jo Nesbo have stickers saying The next Stieg Larsson I'm not sure what these cvomparisons are supposed to achieve except that Jo Nesbo's writing has recently come to look like a rather ineffectual attempt to imitate Stieg Larsson But Lackberg has so far not tried to imitate either Other than being crime fiction and thus in the same broad genre Lackberg is Lackberg and there is little resemblance to Nesbo But the claim made me think of the differences between male and female crime writers and this one is obviously written from a feminine perspective For the first hundred pages or so I thought the protagonist was post natal depression And it got me thinking about differences between male and female crime writers One of the most notable ones is that the detective heroes of the male writers tend to be heavy drinkers if not actual alcoholics and are divorced or about to be Alan Banks Kurt Wasllander Harry Hole and several other fictional detectives invented by male writers seem to fall into this category Even Morse though though unmarried was unlucky in love and tended to booze a lot But the fictional detectives of female crime writers though they may have faults seem to be able to stay off the booze and avoid divorce Rex Wexford Lindley Adam Dalgleish and in this book Patrik Hedstrom In this book the murder of a child baffles the police and when it is followed by apparently similar non fatal attacks on young children the police find that find most of their suspects appear to have alibis for one or of the attacks In addition many of the families involved in the investigation have secrets that they want to keep hidden There is a kind of parallel story set in the past which show that the roots of the crimes lie in an earlier generation and in the upbringing of chiuldren in the past Some of the police officers involved in the investigation have difficulties in bringing up their own children So the book turns out to be than a simple whodunit but is also an exploration of the ways in which dysfunctional families can produce criminalsIf you love this book you might not necessarily like Jo Nesbo

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StenhuggarenD be behind the murder of a child both he and his partner Erica knew wellWhat he does not know is how the case will reach into the dark heart of Fjällbacka and tear aside its idyllic façade perhaps foreve. My copy of this novel bears what must be the most vacuous inane review uote of all time and from the Washington Post no less One day we might be identifying Agatha Christie as 'the British Camilla Lackberg'Either someone was given a massive bribe or they were knocking back too much of the hard stuff Lackberg's work is nothing like Christie's; it's uite simply in a different subgenre And although I'm no great Christie fan she had plotting ingenuity in her little finger than I've yet seen from LackbergI much disliked Lackberg's first novel The Ice Princess and so really have no clue why I picked up this the third especially since it's just over 500 flipping pages long Nor having picked it up why I should have actually read itPatrik and Erica are now living together and Erica is having a hard time of it looking after their months old daughter The blurb writer presumably didn't get this far into the book because the blurb talks of the pair as Lackberg's beloved crime solving duo; Erica's role is to stay at home loathing motherhood while cop husband Patrik does all the detectivingWhat he's detectiving about is the murder of a little girl Sara found grotesuely entangled in a lobster pot off the shore of a small Swedish fishing village Told in parallel with the police investigation is the tale of the vile spoilt rich daughter Agnes who decades ago decided to spend a few months boffing studly stonecutter Anders and then just when she'd decided to end the affair found she was pregnant; forced to marry Anders and then thrown on her ear out of the family mansion Agnes thereafter gained satisfaction only out of poisoning the lives of othersFairly early on I worked out the vast majority of the plot not because I'm a smartypants but because it's pretty bloody obvious Not only did I spot Sara's killer but I figured the truth of another murder and an attempted murder in the present plus some earlier murders I didn't foretell the pedophile subplot but that has nothing to do with the main plotOne of the annoying things about The Ice Princess is continued here A staple of good mystery fiction plotting is that the reader is presented with the same evidence as the sleuth; the joy is to try to put the evidence together faster than the sleuth can so as to crack the case No one evidently sent Lackberg the memo on this Her techniue which she obviously regards as very very cute is to tell us that the sleuth has been presented with a new and important piece of evidence but to keep that evidence from us often for several chapters It's an entirely infantile plotting method Much of the characterization is likewise infantileAmong many examples here a subsidiary character gets a letter that gives him news that blows his mind and for something over a hundred pages I didn't count but my guess is it was over two hundred we're kept in whatever the stupefied version is of high suspense as to what the contents of this letter might be; in the final reveal we find it has nothing to do with the plot Lackberg could have built up a tad of suspense here by telling us the contents of the letter and then making us wonder how the two people involved might react to the new relationship between them; but no she chose the option of cheaply earned false suspenseThere are several other examples that are closely contingent upon the main plot I chose this one for fear of giving too much awayThere's also the matter of plotting by stupidity As anyone will tell you exactly the wrong way to construct a plot is to base it on people acting stupidly Here's it's the cops who act stupidly and repeatedly sopage 144 Oops the cops forgot but then remembered that the dead girl's grandfather was there at a crucial moment and would have heard a significant argumentpage 174 Oops the cops forgot but then remembered later that they couldn't locate the dead girl's father on the morning the body was discovered How could they have missed that thinks one of the cops How indeedpage 200 Oops the cops forgot but then remembered that it might be a good idea to send a technical crew into the bathroom of the dead girl's home after all although found in the sea she was almost immediately shown to have been drowned in a bathtubpage 226 Oops despite the reminder on page 200 the cops still forgot that it might be a good idea to send a technical crew into the bathroom of the dead girl's homepage 317 Oops the cops forgot but then remembered that it might be a good idea to send a technical crew into the bathroom of the house of a particular other suspectBelieve it or not I missed noting a couple of other examples of this plotting daftness primarily because I was reading in bed and there wasn't a pencil near to hand no way was I going to palpitate my way out into the cold to go find oneThe book has several plot strands than I've indicated including one that lays the foundations for the next volume in the series a volume that alas I shan't be reading Despite the steadfast mediocrity of it all that multiplicity of strands did I confess keep me turning the pages on the one hand to confirm that yes I'd been right in my deductions of much of the plot and on the other just as with the couple of Jacueline Susann novels I read back in the day because muggins that I am I kept assuming the book just had to get betterHuh I'm almost tempted to go dig out an Agatha Christie to cleanse my palate