The Hand That Trembles

The Hand That Trembles

Book - 2012 | 1st Minotaur Books paperback edition.
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"Eriksson adds a new twist to the Swedish crime story, one especially likely to appeal to Henning Mankell fans."

-- Booklist

Winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Novel, international sensation Kjell Eriksson has dazzled American audiences with his stunning thrillers. In this gripping tale, a man walks out of a meeting in Sweden and disappears without a trace. Years later, a neighbor spots someone who looks like the missing man in Bangalore. Could it be the same man? And what connection, if any, does he have to the baffling case that Inspector Ann Lindell is handling back home? Fabulous writing and nail-biting suspense combine in The Hand that Trembles to produce a story only a superstar like Eriksson could achieve.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, [2012]
Edition: 1st Minotaur Books paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781250006905
Branch Call Number: FIC Eriks
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 21 cm.


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Dec 10, 2016

(The fourth book in the Ann Lindell series)

May 09, 2014

This blurb is not about Kjell Eriksson's book. Please lift your game YPRL.

Jan 05, 2012

This is book #8 in a series of 10, of which 3 earlier ones also have been translated into English. I’ve read all three and they’re variable, but all are better than this one. For one thing, a translation needs a strong editor but this book clearly didn’t get one for at least its first half. So names get mixed up, sentences get their meaning twisted, the grammar’s sometimes wrong or at least clumsy. And the stuff that was put in to make Americans more comfortable is annoyingly inconsistent (some temperatures stayed in Celsius while others are marked as Fahrenheit and still others are apparently in Fahrenheit without being marked as such). But at least they didn’t change the original distances in metres to distances in feet. Why do Americans read foreign books if they can’t cope with things that are not American? But worse than the messy translation is the fact that the story doesn’t really get started until around page 100 and by page 125 I had already guessed the outline of the last 200 pages without trying. But I still found it to be a reasonably good story, though there’s too much pondering about the main investigator’s love life or absence of one. The last two books in the series, #9 and #10, have not been translated yet. One hopes those two books are better and that the translator either changes or shapes up.

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