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Hunting Game

Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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The first installment in Helene Tursten's brand new series featuring the strong, smart Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom.

From a young age, 28-year-old Embla Nystrom has been plagued by chronic nightmares and racing thoughts. Though she still develops unhealthy fixations and makes rash decisions from time to time, she has learned to channel most of her anxious energy into her position as Detective Inspector in the mobile unit in Gothenburg, Sweden, and into sports. 

A talented hunter and prize-winning Nordic welterweight, she is glad to be taking a vacation from her high-stress job to attend the annual moose hunt with her family and friends. But when Embla arrives at her uncle's cabin in rural Dalsland, she sees an unfamiliar face has joined the group: Peter, an enigmatic young divorce. And she isn't the only one to take notice. 

One longtime member of the hunt doesn't welcome the presence of an outsider and is quick to point out that with Peter, the group's number reaches 13, a bad omen for the week. Sure enough, a string of unsettling incidents follow, culminating in the disappearance of two men from a neighboring group of hunters. Embla takes charge of the search, and they soon find one of the missing men floating facedown in the nearby lake, his arm tightly wedged between two rocks. Just what she needs on her vacation. With the help of local reinforcements, Embla delves into the dark pasts of her fellow hunters in search of a killer.

©2014 Helene Tursten, 2019 English Translation Paul Norlen (P)2019 Recorded Books
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Fair to Middlin'

Fair to middlin' was my father's favourite response to a question about quality. How are you? Fair to middlin'. How was this book? Oh, well, fair to middlin'. I love Scandi noir and have read and watched almost everything I can. But this offer is a little lack lustre. The premise is interesting and the detective has potential. I like the boxing and the shooting etc. but she seems exaggeratedly unaware of the potential criminal, even when she has clear evidence of his potential viciousness. I guess as a reader, I don't like to figure out the crime in the early chapters and wait for the protagonist to catch up while she 'crushes' on the bad guy. Some interesting characters are her long suffering uncle and the drunken neighbour with snoose in his beard. Which brings me to the amount of detail in this book. I love a good detail, me, but the make/model of every car of every character in the book? And the make/model of every rifle owned by every member of the hunting party. Perhaps her Scandinavian audience is keen about all this, but I'm afraid it left me a little cold.

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  • Donna
  • 2019-02-27

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This book is fun. Once it gets going it just buzzes with
excitement. If you are looking
for the brooding Scandinavian
detective novel. this is not it.

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  • Cosette
  • 2020-06-24

A disappointment

I anticipated a great read but was sorely disappointed. A combination of contributors. The translation was stilted and repetitive. The narration is key to a great read and simply didn’t work. She read with a strange and monotonous lilted and continuous cadence that was became difficult to listen to. I believe that this book if read in the original language would have been much better. It had good character development and lots of potential.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-28

Surprisingly bad

I love Tursten's Irene Huss series and wanted to like this book, but nothing has happened and there has been little character development by chapter 6! The narrator's style is fairly monotone and although she does try to express some emotion here and there, it was just not working.

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  • carol@prioritysp.com
  • 2019-03-14

Strong stomach needed

The style of writing is slow and boring - not very engaging. Then, when the descriptive scene of the fox that had chewed off most of its leg that was caught in a trap came up, I bailed. There are much better books out there.