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The Department of Sensitive Crimes

By: McCall Smith, Alexander

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Part of the The Detective Varg novels series
1408711265 / 9781408711262
Hardback
823.92
07/03/2019
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England
Modern crime
24 cm 227 pages
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo introduced us to 'Scandi noir'.

Now, welcome to Alexander McCall Smith's world of Scandi blanc . . . Ulf Varg works in Malmo's Department of Sensitive Crimes.

Like all Scandinavian detectives he has his issues. In his case these include his unresolved feelings for his colleague, Anna; his impatience over the seeming incompetence of his irritating colleague Blomquist; and his concerns for the health of his hearing-impaired dog, Marten, the only dog in Sweden (and possibly all Scandinavia) who is able to lip-read (in Swedish).

Along with his colleagues, Ulf is called upon to investigate a bizarre attack on a market trader, the disappearance of a handsome man who may or may not exist, and the affairs of a variety of young female students whose relationships with one another leave a great deal to be desired. Ulf and his team come to realise that the world is a puzzling place, lycanthropy (were-wolfism) exists and fish might have something to teach us.

There is so much to learn if you are a Swedish detective, and in the first book in this new quasi-Scandinavian series, Ulf Varg embarks on these lessons with spirit and good humour.

BIC:

1DN Northern Europe, Scandinavia, FF Crime & mystery

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