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Title:
Dreamless
Author:
Brekke, Jørgen, 1968- author.
Uniform Title:
Drømmeløs. English
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
311 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"A promising young singer is found dead in a clearing in a forest, gruesomely murdered--her larynx cut out, and an antique music box placed carefully atop her body, playing a mysterious lullaby that sounds familiar, but that no one can quite place. Chief Inspector Odd Singsaker, ... still recovering from brain surgery, is called in to investigate. Singsaker ... fears the worst when another young girl, also known for her melodic singing voice, suddenly goes missing while on a walk with her dog one night. As the Trondheim police follow the trail of this deadly killer, it becomes clear that both cases are somehow connected to a centuries-old ballad called 'The Golden Peace, ' written by a mysterious composer called Jon Blund, in the seventeenth century"--
General Note:
Translation of: Drømmeløs.

"A novel"--Jacket.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781250016997
Format :
Book

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A promising young singer is found dead in a clearing in a forest, gruesomely murdered--her larynx cut out, and an antique music box placed carefully atop her body, playing a mysterious lullaby that sounds familiar, but that no one can quite place. Chief Inspector Odd Singsaker, of the Trondheim Police Department, still recovering from brain surgery, is called in to investigate.

Singsaker, now married to Felicia Stone, the American detective he met while tracking down a serial killer, fears the worst when another young girl, also known for her melodic singing voice, suddenly goes missing while on a walk with her dog one night. As the Trondheim police follow the trail of this deadly killer, it becomes clear that both cases are somehow connected to a centuries-old ballad called "The Golden Peace," written by a mysterious composer called Jon Blund, in the seventeenth century. This lullaby promises the most sound, sweet sleep to the listener--and as time ticks by, the elusive killer seems as if he will stop at nothing to get his hands on this perfect lullaby.

Jorgen Brekke returns at the top of his game in this nonstop thrill ride through place--and time.


Author Notes

JORGEN BREKKE was born in Horten, Norway. After completing his studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, he settled in Trondheim, where he currently lives with his wife and three children. Brekke taught education for some years, but recently worked as a freelance journalist. His debut novel, Where Monsters Dwell , was sold to fifteen countries.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In Trondheim, Norway, an elusive killer leaves a music box playing a haunting melody on the body of a young woman whose vocal cords have been removed. When identifying the body proves challenging, DI Odd Singsaker's (Where Monsters Dwell, 2014) most promising clue is the music box. Music-history experts at Trondheim's Ringve Museum and the local university suggest that the melody is an unidentified historic ballad, and Singsaker feels the first twinges of suspicion as he uncovers a professor's improprieties with young singers. When another girl goes missing, Odd learns that she's slated to perform in a concert of classical ballads, further cementing his certainty that the song links the two cases. As Singsaker struggles to decode the melody's significance to the killer, Brekke deftly weaves an enlightening historical underlayer that reveals the lullaby's tragic origins. Brekke's storytelling epitomizes the atmospheric, cerebral blend of history and unflinching psychological terror that launched the Scandinavian crime-fiction trend; followers of Karin Fossum and Henning Mankell who haven't already discovered Brekke's Singsaker will appreciate an introduction.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The discovery of the body of an unidentified young woman with her larynx removed propels Brekke's outstanding second novel featuring Chief Insp. Odd Singsaker of the Trondheim police department (after 2014's Where Monsters Dwell). The one clue at the crime scene is an antique music box that plays a haunting lullaby, "The Golden Peace," which was written by Jon Blund, a 17th-century troubadour about whom little is known. The inventive plot seamlessly moves from the contemporary case to a 1767 police investigation into Blund's disappearance. While searching for the elusive culprit, the insightful Singsaker worries that recovery from brain surgery has compromised his acumen-and that his marriage to American detective Felicia Stone, whom he met while pursuing a serial killer in the previous book, was too hasty. Fans of bleak Nordic crime fiction will find plenty to like. Agent: Nicole K. James, Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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