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Byen er Oslo og datoen 4. april 1968. Den tidligere statsråden og motstandshelten Harald Olesen blir funnet skutt ned og drept - innelåst i sin egen leilighet på Torshov. Verken mordvåpen eller noen andre spor etter morderen er å finne i leiligheten.Den ambisiøse unge førstebetjenten Kolbjørn K2 Kristiansen forstår raskt at morderen må ha vært en av de sju andre beboerne iByen er Oslo og datoen 4. april 1968. Den tidligere statsråden og motstandshelten Harald Olesen blir funnet skutt ned og drept - innelåst i sin egen leilighet på Torshov. Verken mordvåpen eller noen andre spor etter morderen er å finne i leiligheten.Den ambisiøse unge førstebetjenten Kolbjørn K2 Kristiansen forstår raskt at morderen må ha vært en av de sju andre beboerne i oppgangen. Han trenger imidlertid hjelp for å finne ut hvordan mordet ble begått - og deretter mer hjelp for å finne morderen og et motiv. Det er de skarpsindige resonnementene til en svært utradisjonell rådgiver, den 18 år gamle funksjonshemmede professordatteren Patricia Louise Borchmann, som bringer etterforskningen stadig tettere på en uvanlig utspekulert og kaldblodig morder.Da Harald Olesens dagbok med en rekke mystiske notater blir funnet, og deretter en av naboene blir funnet skutt i sin leilighet, blir K2s dyktighet virkelig satt på prøve. Gjennom ti dager med etterforskning avsløres det gradvis at livene til så godt som alle av oppgangens beboere preges av dystre hendelser i fortiden, og stadig flere spor peker tilbake mot okkupasjonsårene under 2. verdenskrig.Hans Olav Lahlums Menneskefluene er en klassisk kriminalroman, og samtidig en historisk og psykologisk roman fra en dramatisk periode i den moderne Norgeshistorien. En rekke menneskeskjebner preger en på flere plan spennende roman, hvor spørsmålet om hvem morderen er, til siste slutt forblir uløselig knyttet til spørsmålet om hvorfor mordet ble begått....

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ISBN : 9788202336530
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Number of Pages : 329 Pages
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Menneskefluene Reviews

  • Chrissa Vasileiou
    2019-05-13 03:53

    Οι "Ανθρώπινες μύγες" ήταν η πρώτη μου επαφή με τα βιβλία των εκδόσεων "Φανταστικός Κόσμος" και επίσης η πρώτη μου επαφή με τη νουάρ αστυνομική σκανδιναβική λογοτεχνία..Είμαι ενθουσιασμένη και για τα δύο αυτά γεγονότα,δε θα μπορούσα να φανταστώ καλύτερη εισαγωγή,πραγματικά!Επηρεασμένος από το ύφος της Άγκαθα Κρίστι και του Άρθουρ Κόναν Ντόιλ, ο Χανς Ούλαβ Λάλουμ δημιουργεί μια συναρπαστική ιστορία,με όλα τα στοιχεία ενός καλού νουάρ: ιστορία, μυστήριο, κρυμμένα μυστικά, ένοχες συμπεριφορές και πολλά ερωτηματικά. Το απλό γίνεται περίπλοκο όταν ο επιθεωρητής Κόλμπιορν Κρίστιανσεν και η άτυπη βοηθός του,Πατρίσια Μπόρκμαν,καλούνται να εξιχνιάσουν το μυστήριο της δολοφονίας ενός παλαιού ήρωα της Αντίστασης. Τίποτα δεν είναι όπως φαίνεται αρχικά, όταν το αταίριαστο αυτό δίδυμο αρχίζει να ξετυλίγει το κουβάρι της υπόθεσης.Οι δύο κεντρικοί ήρωες,κάτω από άλλες συνθήκες,δεν θα συναντιόνταν ποτέ σ' αυτήν τη ζωή.Ο ένας άνθρωπος της δράσης,της επικοινωνίας με τον κόσμο,των συμπερασμάτων που προκύπτουν από τη λογική.Η άλλη κλεισμένη στο σπίτι και τον εαυτό της,μιας και ένα ατύχημα την έχει καθηλώσει σε αναπηρική καρέκλα,σκέτη διάνοια,με ευφυϊα που τρομάζει -και εκνευρίζει πολλές φορές- και με επιπλέον 'όπλο' την...αστυνομική εμπειρία που έχει αποκομίσει από τα χιλιάδες βιβλία που έχει διαβάσει!Κι όμως,η συνύπαρξή τους αποδεικνύεται απόλυτα επιτυχημένη και ταιριαστή και οι διάλογοί τους,εκτός από το να συμβάλλει στην εξέλιξη της υπόθεσης,αποδεικνύονται ώρες ώρες άκρως απολαυστικοί.Οι "Ανθρώπινες μύγες" είναι ένα βιβλίο που καλύπτει απόλυτα τους λάτρεις των αστυνομικών ιστοριών,μια εξαιρετική ιστορία από μόνη της και το καλύτερο πρώτο δείγμα γραφής που θα μπορούσε να ελπίσει κάποιος.Περιμένουμε τα ακόμα καλύτερα από τον Λάλουμ στο μέλλον - είμαι σίγουρη πως η απίστευτη πένα του μας κρύβει πολλές εκπλήξεις ακόμα! Διαβάστε περισσότερα εδώ: Οι ανθρώπινες μύγες

  • Vera Brandão
    2019-05-13 22:47

  • Leo
    2019-05-07 00:54

    On the fourth of April of 1968, young Detective Kolbjørn Kristiansen aka. K2 from the Oslo police department, is called to 25 Krebs' Street to investigate the murder of former leader of the Resistance Harald Olesen. What follows in the account of a murder that will touch every one living in that building.DRAMAAAAAAA!I'm used to read detective novels that develop the detective while he investigates the case. However, when I was at about 80% of the book, it dawned on me that I basically knew next to nothing about K2. He seems to be the guy who gets thinks moving so that we can learn more about the residents in Krebs's Street but he doesn't seem an extremely savvy detective. The novel introduces early on a wheelchair-bounded woman named Patricia who is an old family friend of K2. She asks K2 to be involved in the case but she resolves it all by herself. K2 pales in comparison to her and frankly, he looks like a moron who can't put two things together. Patricia and K2 relationship is unbalanced which makes a dent in the book. Instead of having to partners who complement each other, we have a character that relays on another to keep moving forward. Furtermore, Patricia is a civillian and last time I checked, we weren't allowed to come along to murder investigations or be informed of the developments in an ongoing case. I mean, are you kidding me, K2?! You're the less professional cop ever. This hindered a bit my enjoyment of the book. If Patricia were a essential characters, I may have bought it but she doesn't have much of a personality developed (like K2) and I wonder why couldn't the writer just made K2 a bit smarter and have him have a detective partner. But don't let this distract from the fact that I really enjoyed how the story developed. Usually, what I find more interesting in a detective book is the detectives themselves nor the case itself but here it was the other way around. Everything ties back to the war and everyone is living in the past. Like Patricia puts it, they are humans flies which means that they can't forget something that happened in the past and they keep going back to it, like flies who fly around something. This hold true to all the characters, who are the most interesting thing in the book. They are flawed real characters, they are people and you could act like them if you were in their shoes. And they are not in Krebs' Street by chance. The death of Harold Olesen will bring up things that happened during the war that have haunted Harold and everyone in Krebs'. Everyone is withholding information for their own gain but Patricia via puppet-K2 will discover their lies one by one. The book certainly doesn't give you time to rest, every little information we know, true of false will change the curse of the investigation a little and led us into believe how is the murderer. I figure out who was it when I was almost finished with the book but I was still missing some information that only comes to light when the culprit confesses. This book definitely didn't bore me at all, just the opposite.

  • Karl
    2019-04-30 23:13

    "The Human Flies" by Hans Olav Lablum is a cross between a police procedural and a detective novel that takes place in Oslo Norway in 1962. The story is also a locked room mystery. The newly promoted detective inspector Kolbjorn Kristiansen, known as K2, is sent to an apartment building in Oslo to investigate the murder of a World War II Resistance hero. The victim has been shot in his apartment but there is no sign of the weapon and the front door is locked from the inside. The inspector is totally flummoxed, when to his aid comes a young woman who is brilliant, partially paralyzed and wheelchair bound. The young woman's name is Patricia who is a brilliant deductive reasoner, yet she can and will not leave her house.Hans Olav Lahlum is a Norwegian crime author, historian, chess player and politician. Mr. Lahlum credits Agatha Christie for his inspiration. Amazingly enough I have never read any of Christie's books so I can't comment, however, I see just as much influence from Rex Stout, which I have read all of his books.The book should not be considered Nordic Noir. Luhlum has painted colourfully rendered characters, and the story is told in layers as more and more truth is discovered. The story is told in first person and I found it fascinating the way it was told.

  • Raven
    2019-04-28 02:13

    Again, I’m a little late to the party with this one, but having already purchased the next two in the series, Satellite People and The Catalyst Killing, shortly after finishing this, you can tell I was impressed. With a more than obvious nod to the heyday of the Golden Age, Lahlum has cooked up a wonderful blend of Christie-esque plotting, with a traditional locked room mystery. With the action centred on an Oslo apartment block with its finite number of inhabitants, Lahlum carefully constructs a tale of secrets, lies and totally captures the whole notion of the sins of the past resonating in the present. As each inhabitants true character and devilish motivations for murder come to the fore in the course of the investigation, Lahlum invites us to play detective along with K2 to uncover a murderer. The writing is crisp, playful at times, and exceedingly dark at others. Although I did guess the killer relatively early on in the book, I did enjoy the little twists in the narrative which did make me doubt the cleverness of my own deductions, and with the formidable duo of keen detective, and his wonderfully barbed relationship with the spiky, but keenly intelligent Patricia was a joy to read. Excellent.

  • P
    2019-05-17 00:55

    Truyện hay và logic, các nhân vật được xây dựng thú vị và mạch truyện được phát triển một cách rất hấp dẫn.Tác giả khá ưu ái cho phái nữ trong truyện và mình thích điều đó :))Một khởi đầu quá tuyệt với series K2 của Hans Olav Lahlum. Hy vọng bên Phụ Nữ sẽ tiếp tục làm các quyển sau.

  • Paul
    2019-05-01 00:07

    The Human Flies – Simply BuzzingHans Olav Lahlum I am told is a bestselling Norwegian crime writer and famous historian, yup me neither. But then with a population of just under 6 million I am sure even I could be famous or preferably infamous as that would be more fun! Well having read Hans Olav Lahlum’s The Human Flies I am sure he will be pretty famous outside of Norway pretty soon. This is a different Norwegian novel besides the usual noir fair there is a clear nod to the great Agatha Christie in the style of the story which makes it quite a pleasant and enjoyable read.The Human Flies is set in Oslo 1968 and is narrated by the hero and main star of the novel detective Inspector Kolbjørn Kristiansen (he is known as K2) who is newly promoted is called to a murder in an apartment block. This is no ordinary murder in that the victim is a legendary hero of the Norwegian Resistance during the occupation and former Cabinet minister in post-war governments. There is no clear reason to why he would have been killed and even though there is an ex-Nazi worker in the same apartment block even he was not interested in killing Olesen. But when the ex-Nazi in a suicide note admits to the killing K2 realises all is not right. Fortunately for K2 he has the help of Patricia who is one of the most intelligent and brilliant young women in Norway the only problem is that she is confined to a wheelchair and rarely ventures outside.K2 and Patricia need to unravel a web of lies that exist in the apartment block amongst all Olesen’s neighbours and the further they delve the more they have to go back in to Norway’s dark history of the Nazi Occupation. The more they look in on the neighbour’s lies the more confused the story seems as they all could have a reason or reasons to kill Olesen. The more they dig the more questions the more interviews take place as they are able to slowly put together their jigsaw of answers.This really is an enjoyable, very gripping and ingenious mystery in that we are taken to the dark depths of Norwegian history, which ticks all the boxes for a crime novel with deceit, betrayal and revenge. The tactic of using both K2 and Patricia is ingenious K2 is the Poirot to Patricia’s Miss Marple is a big nod to Agatha Christie especially with the reveal at the end as they announce who the killer or killers are. It should not really work but it does and I cannot wait until the next book in this new series is published.

  • Judy
    2019-05-17 23:02

    Set in 1960s Oslo, this detective story is written with a light touch, frequently referencing Agatha Christie, but tackles serious themes. It might be a long way from Nordic noir, but it isn't cosy.This is the first in the bestselling Norwegian series about ambitious police detective Kolbjørn Kristiansen (nicknamed K2) and his partner in crime-solving, teenager Patricia. She has grown up using a wheelchair after being injured in an accident. Rather in the mode of Nero Wolfe, Patricia is reluctant to leave her home, and studies crimes from a distance, coming up with an endless stream of brilliant deductions.Kristiansen is called to investigate when a hero of the Norwegian resistance is found murdered in his apartment. The big question is why anyone would have wanted him dead. Initially, it appears to be a locked room mystery, since it would have been hard for anyone to get in and out of the flat undetected. Gradually, all the other residents of the apartment block come under suspicion in turn, as many connections between them and the murder victim, Harald Oleson, are unturned. The "human flies" of the title are people who are haunted by the past and keep on circling round it. It seems as if most of the characters in the book fall into this category, as they can't get away from their memories of the Second World War and their own roles in it.A fascinating element is the afterword where the author briefly describes the real-life experiences of his aunt, Dagmar Lahlum, who was a double agent in the war, working for MI5. Her story is completely different from the novel, but gave him inspiration. I found this a gripping read, if at times a little slow, and would like to read more by Lahlum in the future. This was the first book I chose for a reading challenge I've undertaken, to read a novel from each European country.

  • Maria
    2019-05-09 00:49

    Harold Olesen é assassinado no mesmo dia em que Martin Luther King, 4 de Abril de 1968, mas só que em locais e em circunstâncias completamente diferentes. Também o destaque da sua morte foi completamente diferente da de King. Olesen, foi um dos lendários heróis da resistência hitleriana e aos 50 anos tornou-se bastante popular na Noruega. Seria assassinado aos 73 anos na sua própria sala de estar. O assassino, viria a confirmar-se mais tarde, só poderia ter sido um dos seus vizinhos, moradores do mesmo prédio, pelo que o investigador do caso, teria a vida um pouco mais facilitada. Seriam pois, sete vizinhos, sete suspeitos. Destacado para o caso, o detective Kolbjørn Kristiansen, um investigador bastante inexperiente já que este é o seu primeiro caso, acaba por cometer alguns erros crassos iniciais, que vão terminar com a entrada em cena de uma personagem improvável, muito ao estilo dos romances de Agatha Christie ou Conan Doyle (Hastings ou Watson), uma jovem com mobilidade reduzida. No entanto, contrariamente aos companheiros de Poirot e de Sherlock Holmes que pouco usam as células cinzentas, a detentora das mesmas é a jovem que a partir da sua própria casa, já que está de cadeira de rodas, usa a sua inteligência para dar dicas úteis a Kolbjørn Kristiansen e ajudá-lo a resolucionar o caso. Opinião completo:

  • Renita D'Silva
    2019-04-26 03:16

    I loved this wonderful whodunnit in the tradition of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. Adored K2 and especially Patricia. Was pleased to note there are more books in the series. Cannot wait to read the next.

  • Tanja Berg
    2019-05-15 05:00

    I approach Scandinavian crime authors carefully, you never know what you're going to get. Often they are highly overrated. This is the first book by Lahlum that I've read, and I must admit I quite enjoyed it. A veteran from the resistance movement during the second world war is found dead in his apartment. Everyone heard the shot, no one saw the perpetrator come or leave. So it's a bit of a closed room murder mystery. Everyone in the apartment block has something to hide, of course, and they are all lying, needless to say. There are strong nods toward Agatha Christie and even a little bit to Sherlock Holmes. This then is a very classic mystery, and there are no attempts at inventing anything new, which is just as well. I think I'll be reading more of Lahlum.

  • Jeremy Megraw
    2019-05-17 04:07

    Originally posted to Crime Fiction LoverWhen you pick up this Norwegian crime novel, don’t expect something out of the Nordic noir tradition. Instead prepare yourself for a classic whodunit of the highest calibre, a deviously challenging murder mystery set in an apartment complex in 1960s Oslo.Kolbjørn Kristiansen, a rookie detective, sets out to make his mark with his first assigned case, and it’s a doozy. When neighbours living on a quiet street in Oslo hear a gunshot, they immediately rush upstairs to the source, the apartment of former minister and wartime resistance hero Harald Olesen. They discover, after gaining entry, that he’s been shot to death.The immediate and most glaring mystery for our young detective is that there is no sign of forced entry, and no exit but the apartment’s single door, which was blocked by responding neighbours. Not only did the phantom perpetrator escape without being seen, but the apartment’s intact window rules out the possibility of an escape route on one hand or a sniper scenario on the other. This miraculous getaway forms a classic locked-room scenario. As the detective starts interviewing the apartment complex’s seven residents, all of them become viable suspects for one reason or another. As their individual stories are slowly revealed, deep links are discovered going back to a wartime drama of Nazi persecution and life and death choices made by ordinary people.Early in the investigation, Kristiansen is aided in his endeavour by an unusual sidekick. Patricia Louise Borchmann is an 18-year-old wheelchair-bound genius. He is introduced by her father, who is Kristiansen’s former professor, and who begs to arrange a meeting between the two. She is an Agatha Christie enthusiast whose remarkably sharp mind has some definite ideas about the case, working only from details she’s gleaned in the papers. As Kristiansen interviews the residents and checks their backgrounds, he reluctantly reports back to Patricia. He soon realises that she is two steps ahead of him. Working from the confines of her mansion, she soon proves a valuable asset to the detective, sharing her intriguing theory that the murderer represents a species of what she calls ‘human flies’.There’s a break in the case when victim Harald Olesen’s diary turns up. In it, Kristiansen reads about the final days before his death wherein he refers to various people using mysterious abbreviations, including the menacing character ‘D’. As the detective learns more about the residents of the building, he realises none of them is on the level. He shuttles back and forth between repeated interviews and Patricia’s dining room, as she helps the detective puzzle out the identities of the characters in the diaries, one of whom is likely the murderer.Lahlum’s narrative works on many levels, veering in and out of the present investigation and a remote past, while revealing the murder victim’s diary entry by entry. As a story told in first person, related years later, describing the story of his investigation aided by Patricia and her Agatha Christie-esque scenarios, Lahlum’s story is a meta-detective story that is a joy to read.As one of the suspects in the apartments becomes the second murder victim there is more pressure to solve the case. Patricia soon proves her mettle and Kristianson becomes dependent on her keen insights and dead-on predictions. She even comes to his aid in an entertaining final segment when he rounds up all the suspects in person for the resolving showdown of the mystery.This novel is moderately hefty, as it works out the possibilities of each of the seven suspects, including the caretaker’s wife, a seductive young student, a mysterious American, another war hero, a former Nazi, a not-so happily married couple, and more colourfully rendered characters. Rich and complex as the story is, Lahlum’s choice of first person limits the narrative to the detective’s point of view. This lends suspense to the unfolding mystery but also leaves one bereft of insight into key figures like Patricia, who is arguably a stronger character than Kristiansen himself.I would welcome a follow-up to this entertaining mystery, especially if it involves this offbeat but charming duo of sleuths.

  • Νίκος Ανδρεαδάκης
    2019-05-22 06:11

    Επιτέλους ένα καθαρό αστυνομικό θρίλερ. Χωρίς να μαθαίνεις με χίλιους δυο τρόπους πόσο αυτοκαταστροφικός είναι ή δεν είναι ο ντετέκτιβ που διεξάγει την έρευνα. Οι χαρακτήρες πολύ σωστά δομημένοι, ενώ δεδομένο οτι ο Lahlum είναι ιστορικός έχουμε μια πολύ καλή αναφορά στην κατοχή της Νορβηγίας από τα στρατεύματα του Χίτλερ στον 2ο ΠΠ. Η πλοκή αριστουργηματική και εμένα με άφησε σε ένταση μέχρι και την τελευταία σελίδα του βιβλίου. Το προτείνω ανεπιφύλακτα. Υπόψιν η ιστορία μας λαμβάνει μέρος τη δεκαετία του 60 που οι μνήμες από τον μεγάλο πόλεμο είναι νωπες, ενώ είναι σε έξαρση ο. πόλεμος του Βιετνάμ. Αφήστε τον Κ2 και την συνεργάτιδα έκπληξη του Πατρίτσια να σας μαγέψουν

  • Arun Iyer
    2019-04-25 22:58

    Compared to my recent ventures into Armand Gamache series, which was an absolute disaster, I found this book to be very pleasant and engrossing.The book is written from the point of view of Inspector Kolbjørn Kristiansen (also known as K2), who along with Patricia Borchmann take up quite a convincingly convoluted murder mystery. Patricia is the brains of this group and K2 is the brawns (or for that matter, the legs). Patricia comes up with theories and K2 does the leg work of collecting evidence and conducting interrogations.From the murder myster perspective, the plot is convincingly devious and convoluted, although I am not sure whether I am convinced by the reason that the murderer gave at the end. This reasonably decent murder story is quite possibly marred by that one dull spot. However, compared to the Armand Gamache series, this story comes out trumps.From the character perspective, the bright spot is clearly Patricia who with her nearly socratic questions guides the Inspector towards the truth without biasing him at any point in time. As far as K2 was concerned, I grew increasingly frustrated with him as the story progressed. I understand that every Holmes needs a Watson/Lestrade, but K2 is far too incompetent. Also, I have always been more forgiving of Watson than Lestrade (because Watson is not expected to be a good detective, his profession is doctor after all, but Lestrade is). In that sense, the gross incompetence of K2 at several places made me want to punch him in the face.All in all, I consider this as a good mystery book. The only reason I gave it 3 star instead of a 4 star was because the plot was a bit too convoluted. While the author does a good job of creating threads connecting fairly disparate looking pieces, but still the fact that so many people, who are non-obviously related to the victim, happened to be at the same place is far too much of a coincidence.

  • Simen
    2019-05-19 04:58

    Jeg har et anstrengt forhold til krimsjangeren. Mordgåten i boka var i utgangspunktet spennende, men spenningen drukner bort i irrelevante detaljer, irriterende og urealistiske karakterer og kronglete språk.

  • Hà Nguyễn
    2019-04-29 22:07

    4 star cho cốt truyện sáng sủa, lời dịch dễ hiểu, rành mạch2 star cho phong cách rập khuôn trinh thám cổ điển và mô hình phạm tội trong phòng kínTổng: 3 star

  • Sonia Cristina
    2019-05-17 00:04

    Gostei muito; fico ansiosa para ler o segundo. A ação decorre em 1968, quando o detetive inspetor Kolbjørn Kristiansen investiga o seu primeiro caso de homicídio, que o leva a suspeitar logo desde o início dos moradores do prédio onde ocorreu o crime. Durante um bocado do livro tem poucos diálogos, são mais os parágrafos narrados pelo protagonista, onde conta o que aconteceu, o que pensou, etc... Lá mais para a frente é que começam a aparecer diálogos. Mas mesmo aquela parte sem diálogos lê-se muito bem.Apesar do autor ser novo, nasceu em 1973, escreve de uma forma muito gira que lembra os clássicos, isto na minha opinião, claro. Repete muito o dia em que estão, a morada onde ocorreu o crime (nº 25 da rua...). Quanto ao caso em si, é interessante, sem dúvida e o culpado devia ter-me sido óbvio desde o início, não sei como não cheguei lá. ;D ;D Acho que por o autor ser uma novidade para mim e não tinha a certeza até onde ele iria, se o menos improvável era possível para ele. Além da investigação do homicídio, mais tarde, homicídios, a história também toca muito em acontecimentos da Segunda Guerra Mundial, pois a ação decorre apenas 23 anos após o fim da guerra e os personagens viveram esse episódio triste da Humanidade. Foi interessante saber mais uns pormenores, nomeadamente a posição da Noruega no conflito.Do que gostei mais foi de Patrícia, a jovem que ajuda Kolbjørn Kristiansen na investigação. É nova, com apenas 18 anos, mas muito inteligente e esperta; também é um bocado mal educada, acho, não tem cuidado com o que diz, mas é engraçada. Achei-lhe piada no final quando pensou que Kristiansen não devia muito à inteligência. ;D Acaba por ser verdade, ela é que descobriu praticamente tudo.

  • Nilufa
    2019-05-13 04:03

    Hans Olav Lahlum, I salute you for reviving the locked-room paradigm. This has been a most involving and intellectually stimulating read for me and I will champion this as a classic whodunnit. Detective Kristiansen investigates the murder of a legendary hero of the Resistance, Harold Olesen. The murder victim lived in a house of six apartments and very early on in the investigation it becomes evident that the killer must be one of the other tenants. Such a gripping story but I can't sign off without saying I guessed the killer about 4/5 of the way through. But, it was a shot in the dark and was even more of a revelation when I got to the end - learning the motive through a long-winded but intriguing narrative, that combined non-fiction with storytelling, was well worth the wait.

  • Helen
    2019-05-01 04:56

    Delightful - old-fashioned locked-room mystery with many echoes of Agatha Christie et al., set in Oslo in the late 1960s but with a historical theme (many of the protagonists are linked by events in wartime occupied Norway). The Inspector, known as K2, is building up an impressive reputation, but he is dependent on a clever wheelchair-bound 18 year old girl, Patricia, who is wise beyond her years and who wants to remain in the shadows (so we can look forward to her solving more cases for him and his reputation growing, presumably). Many twists and unexpected turns and some sad reflections on the effects of the war in people's lives after the event.

  • William Shaw
    2019-05-21 21:58

    This modern homage to the Golden Age of crime writing shouldn't have really worked. This is a closed-room mystery thick with hokey nods to Christie and Conan Doyle, but it's dealing with a much more contemporary world, peopled with much more modern characters and dilemmas. You would have thought that the artificiality of the form would undercut the realism of the storyline... maybe it does a bit, but it's still a compelling, clever book.

  • Rae
    2019-05-04 03:57

    Well it's 3.30 in the morning and I can hear cheep-cheeping outside the window so it must have been good. This is an enjoyable murder mystery set in 1960s Norway and looking back on the Second World War. Borrowing heavily from Agatha Christie, there is much to love here.I DID, however, know exactly who had dunnit from the beginning, which ruined the suspense a little bit. Still, I'm looking forward to the next one!

  • Justin Bryant
    2019-05-15 02:07

    Great book (translated to "The Human Flies"). A seriously good whodunit in the spirit of Agatha Christie. Loved every second. Set in 1968 in Norway around a block of flats at 25 Kreb Street! I was entertained from start to finish.

  • Ellen
    2019-05-06 02:11

    A Norwegian historical crime fiction set in 1968, Oslo. It's a nice, clever, locked-room murder mystery. The detective and his wheelchair-bound genius-accomplice are a really interesting duo. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in this series now.

  • Huy
    2019-05-16 00:14

    Cuốn sách cung cấp những thông tin lịch sử thú vị nhưng thủ phạm và cách thức gây án đối với mình không quá bất ngờ. Thích khái niệm người ruồi là những người bị quá khứ ám ảnh và cả cuộc đời chỉ bay quẩn quanh khối thối rữa ấy mà không thoát ra được.

  • Kristy Fletcher
    2019-04-25 00:57

    very agatha christie inspired. translated into english, very good story and interesting characters, a real whodunnit without being too obvious. Also interesting take on the going's on of WWII (ie. not an american or british version of events)

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-24 23:12

    Novice crime writer who is overly reliant on a plot which contains too many coincidences. Broad stroke characterisation and hardly credible motivation elicit little empathy or engagement.

  • Linus
    2019-05-02 01:11

    Klassisk krim, lest på balkongen på Hotel Jasmines, med utsikt over Viñales dalen på Cuba.

  • Nguyễn Pun
    2019-05-18 02:05

    Lâu rồi mới đọc được một quyển trinh thám ổn đến như vậy. Dạo đầu không quá lê thê mà vào thẳng vấn đề, cũng không có các kiến thức chuyên ngành sâu rộng (người đọc phần lớn chẳng hiểu gì, như mấy quyển của Deaver, khá là đau đầu), đây đúng kiểu là thám tử đi phá án, tìm tòi mày mò, lội ngược dòng quá khứ và phân tích các chứng cứ, cộng thêm bộ óc suy luận tuyệt vời đầy thông minh của quý cô Patricia. Truyện đã vẽ ra được hình ảnh một quý cô rất thông minh, đầy cao ngạo và hơi chút ngang tàng bướng bỉnh (cũng phải, độ tuổi như vầy với đầu óc siêu việt như vậy, ngang tàng là đúng haha ). Bên Patricia ông thần K2 trông cứ ngáo ngơ làm sao ý, ngoài việc quá là năng nổ đi tới đi lui đi lên đi xuống đi chỗ này chỗ kia, truyện chưa miêu tả được anh cảnh sát này giỏi như nào (hay đây chỉ mới là phần mào đầu cho chuỗi truyện???) hay tại vì bị đặt kế Patricia nên mới thấy ổng gà mờ ta. . Mà truyện hay ở chỗ, tuy có kha khá nhân vật nhưng lại thể hiện rất hay. Mỗi người đều có một câu chuyện cụ thể, người đọc có thể nhớ được người đó là ai người kia là thế nào. Riêng chi tiết này là vô cùng xuất sắc. Thật sự đọc truyện mà không nhớ anh A là ai chị B như nào vì quá mờ nhạt thì chán hẳn. Rất may, cuốn này lại rất giỏi trong việc ấy. . Mà tiếc chút thì cái kết hơi dễ đoán, tuy không lý giải được nguyên nhân nhưng đã ngờ ngợ người đó thì đọc đến cuối cảm thấy kém hấp dẫn hơn phần đầu với giữa. Túm lại thì cuốn này khá là hay (theo bản thân), hy vọng có thêm nhiều cuốn về K2 và Patricia, hai người có thể thành đôi không nhỉ, như Lincoln Rhyme với Amelia Sachs 😍😍😍

  • Alina
    2019-05-17 21:54

    It had been a while since I last read an old-fashioned locked-room mystery. And for the most part, Lahlum did not disappoint. The book was quite an intellectually stimulating read for me, with some hints of Agatha Christie et al. and generally speaking with an interesting plot, in which the author clearly paid a lot of attention to details.However, unlike established crime writers, it sometimes felt as if Lahlum focused a bit too much on the plot, and too little on developing his characters' personalities and voices. This was particularly obvious in the case of Inspector Kristiansen. Not only does he break the pattern of the classic brilliant detective by basically being a pretty mediocre at his njob (he has little forethought and intuition, is heavily on Miss Patricia and only solves the case because of her involvement), but he also seems to have no interests outside of his career, no discernible personality traits, no particular quirks. Let's hope K2 develops more in the following books, since the ending of the book obviously sets up the scene for a series.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-02 00:59

    I was really looking forward to this book, and while I can say it didn't disappoint me.... it wasn't without fault. At times it felt like reading a list of this that K2 did in the course of the investigation instead of actual plot actions. The set up was great too and as much as I enjoyed the ending, I guessed the murderer 40 pages before it was revealed. And I really didn't like Sara. I hope she goes away soon