Book Review ‘Blindness/Blind end” (original title: Blindgång), Jorn Lier Horst

“There are things you can’t reach. But
You can reach out to them, and all day long.
The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of god.
And it can keep you busy as anything else, and happier.
I look; morning to night I am never done with looking.
Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around
As though with your arms open.”
Mary Oliver

To understand swedish, norwegian crime/thriller novel or the difference between American and Scandinavian crime books – read the poem above. 

There’re things you can NOT understand and you can NOT find. BUT…you can NOT give up, because you know the answers are right in front of you, even if you can NOT see them yet.
I read it as a stand alone, but the book ‘Blindgång’ was number #4 in the series about the norwegian investigator – William Wisting. The books of the author are translated in English. 

Plot and heroes:

There’re 2 ways to catch the killer. The Easy Way (EW) and the Hard Way (HW).
There’re 2 forces after the killer. Those who are looking but not seeing and those who aren’t looking at all.
There’re 2 girls after the truth of the past. One is pregnant, another – with a newborn child.
There’re 2 bodies that aren’t connected but tied by a taxi driver.
There’re 2 places: too close to kill, too far to find the truth.
There’re 2 bad guys, but one of them is Mr Nice. 

I have to say I didn’t like the investigator much. I can’t relate: he’s very calm, tired, an old fuddy-duddy without wife, always at work, with a grown-up daughter (journalist), no sex, only work-work-no-buzz. But I love his Spirit. He never gives up. And he prefer the Hard Way-investigation. 

What HW means in this particular ‘homicide-case’?

  • a taxi without the body
  • a gun in the safe box
  • a dead body under a huge heap of the horse shit…

“What I see is nothing – I want what it hides – that is not nothing.” Jean Rhys 

His opponent is even more boring (thanks to JL Horst we don’t know much about him or about his family). But we know he prefer the Easy Way: 

  • 3 witnesses + dead body
  •  trail – guilty – prison

“Do not look too far for you will see nothing.” Dejan Stojanovic

The style and structure:
a classic crime novel with the investigation in focus. Mixed with the boring private life of William Wisting, who seems a totally normal dude without any ‘hidden’ bad habits. Slow paced = feels like you are sitting in the room and is a part of the investigating process. Translated from Norwegian to Swedish. 

I liked: 

  • Elise. No, I don’t know her. She is a dead body in our story. Maybe that’s why I like her soooooo much. Is it sick?
  • The word ‘trace’ . Police have tried to trace a yellow taxi seen in the area…quite a task, don’t you think? 
  • Hammer. He is the smart one. Mmmm, my hopes/guess: Wisting gonna die from the heart attack and Hammer will take his place. Yo!

I disliked: 

  • Sofie and Line. I don’t know why. They just need some ‘go-stay-in-the-corner-lesson’ from daddy. Those girls have too many secrets and it stands on the way of the crime investigation. 
  • ex girlfriend Christine. Really? Just give a guy BJ already…
  • Frank Mandt. Do not try to act like a DON Corleone – you ain’t one!

‘I spent my life trying not to be careless — women and children can be careless, but not men.’ Vito Corleone

Rate: 4

Would I buy the book of this author again?
I would, but I won’t. At least…not TODAY. I usually prefer to read different ‘names’ and styles. I saw a new book of Jorn Lier Horst at the local book store, but I know already WHAT is there & most important HOW the story will be told, so I prefer to pick the name/story/ I never heard (read) before. It is my personal position and has nothing to do with the book or the author.

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Thanks to all followers, I hope you are enjoying my not-so-bradbury-but-still-rays-blog. 

On Monday/Tuesday – writing challenge and #coolprompts
During the next week I’ll post Psycho Logical Tale ‘Discovery’ (do not forget: 18+).

Here’s the list of the heroes haha
Season: Fall 2018
Place: Village ‘NoBody-CanSaveYou’
Curious neighbour – Mr Schwartz StuckInGear
Golf lover – Mr OneMoreTime
His ex-wife – Mrs VastCockCrash
Japanese tourist – Mr DisastrousWrap
Alien – Ms EasyHole
Old widow – Mrs IncrediblySmelly
Main hero – Mr Acapulco PhalloDiscovery 

And nope, I didn’t started yet, but I have an idea…plus the list of the heroes 😂

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Also would like to mention a good news from Jina (about traditional publishing) Jina S. Bazzar blog

If and when you have time – read an interview with a Finnish author, Laura Laakso on  GJ Stevens Blog

To check my plan – Weekly Teaser

Next post – Writing Challenge “I feel it, therefore it must be true.”

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