The Chameleon People (Innbundet)

Series: K2 og Patricia 4

Author:

Hans Olav Lahlum

Norwegian title: Kameleonmenneskene
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2013
Pages: 392
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
Series:
Serienummer: 4
ISBN/EAN: 9788202423162
Kategori: Mystery and Crime
Overview Kameleonmenneskene

This is Lahlum’s fifth book about K2 and Patricia. We have reached 1972, Norway is conflicted about the EEC and Soviet spying is not unheard of.

On Saturday 25th March, the weekend calm is shattered when a small boy, scared for his life and with a bloody knife in his pocket, frenziedly rings K2’s doorbell. The boy manages to say just two sentences: ‘Please let me in! They are after me and I must talk to you before they get to me!’ before his pursuers get hold of him. They turn out to be policemen and the bloody knife is the weapon that killed Per Johan Fredriksen, a Member of Parliament. The boy refuses to utter a single word more and K2 wonders if this murder case will be solved quickly, or if the boy tells the truth and, if he does, how he got hold of the bloody knife from the murder scene.

The investigation closes in on Fredriksen and hidden events in his past which may also be relevant to why he was killed. In his youth he was one of six friends – three couples – who were present during a holiday weekend when one of them, the man all the girls wanted, died under mysterious circumstances. The five survivors kept in contact off and on, and Fredriksen married the dead man’s sister. When K2 investigates the MP’s day job, one issue turns out to be the political relationship between Norway and the Soviet Union. K2 needs help. And, who can he turn to, except Patricia? This will have unexpected consequences for his partner, Miriam.

Hans Olav Lahlum has written a new, exciting crime story drawn from Norway’s recent history. EEC arguments and espionage mixed with personal passions and intrigues. A true Lahlum crime novel!

‘When it comes to the author’s stylish depiction of the setting and tonal style, these are exactly the literary ingredients which make these books liberatingly different from most other Norwegian and Nordic contemporary crime writing.’
TØNSBERG BLAD

‘Hans Olav Lahlum has many talents, and in The Chameleon People he makes full use of them in a refined and effective way.’
VG

‘This is a great book about our recent history, with the EEC debate and espionage for the Soviet Union interspersed with personal suffering and intrigue.’
TVEDESTRANDPOSTEN

‘Once again Hans Olav Lahlum delivers quality, first-class crime writing. ... Lahlum is a brilliant storyteller and a master of capturing the imagination of the reader. I would not hesitate to recommend this book.’
RINGERIKES BLAD

‘Lahlum writes knowledgably about the time he is portraying. The names he gives to famous people of that time are particularly amusing. The author writes a prose which is suitable for the time period the story is set in. He is secure in his writing style and very funny.’
GUDBRANDSDØLEN DAGNINGEN

‘In The Chameleon People, Lahlum takes a closer look at the outside drama than he has previously and tries something a bit different while still making use of his formula for success.
OPPLAND ARBEIDERBLAD

‘Playing with the genre … There is still nothing to fault his plots for. He has once again written a book which confirms he is a true crime writer.’
DAGSAVISEN

‘… K2 has not become a famous detective for no reason. Despite his general confusion when it comes to love, he focuses on the investigation, and with help from the genius Borchmann, he effectively propels the reader through his well thought-out murder mystery. … New and entertaining retro crime from hard-working historian Hans Olav Lahlum.’
DAGBLADET

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Hans Olav Lahlum har mange talenter, og i Kameleonmenneskene spiller han dem ut, raffinert og effektivt.
VG

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Reviews from Kameleonmenneskene
"Hva angår forfatterens stilsikre miljøskildring og stiltone, er nettopp dette de litterære ingrediensene som gjør disse bøkene befriende annerledes enn det aller meste i norsk og nordisk samtidskrim."
 
Finn Stenstad, Tønsbergs Blad

Lahlums kreative trekk

"Hans Olav Lahlum har mange talenter, og i «Kameleonmenneskene» spiller han dem ut, raffinert og effektivt."
 
Guri Hjeltnes, VG

Årets beste bøker 2013: Kritikernes favoritter

"Den femte boka på tre år om Kolbjørn «K2» Kristiansen og Patricia Borchman, og Hans Olav Lahlum får oss igjen til å tro at det er krimforfatter han egentlig er. Fortsatt i en egen, betryggende gammeldags verden, denne gangen i 1972, med befriende avstand til sjangerens trender."Geir Rakvaag, Dagsavisen

Fascinerende og spennende fra Hans Olav Lahlum

"Nok engang har Lahlum levert som forventet – både når det gjelder intriger og handling. Boken er drivende god om vår nære historie, med EEC-kampen og spionasje for Sovjetunionen ispedd personlig lidenskap og ikke minst intriger."Sven Gjeruldsen, Tvedestrandsposten

Leverer en ny kvalitetskrim

"Hans Olav Lahlum leverer igjen kvalitetskrim av første klasse.(...)Lahlum er en strålende historieforteller og en mester i å sette leserens fantasi i sving. Undertegnede har ingen betenkeligheter ved å anbefale denne boken."Jørn-Inge Andreassen Frøshaug, Ringerikes Blad

Foreløpig K2-finale

"Lahlum skriver kunnskapsrikt om tiden han skildrer. Veldig artige er hans oppdiktede navn på kjente personer i datiden. Forfatteren fører en prosa som kler tiden fortellingen er laget til. Han er stilsikker og morsom."Per Ivar Henriksbø , Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen

Lahlum innfrir

"I Kameleonmenneskene tar Lahlum i disse øyne et bedre grep om den ytre dramatikken enn tidligere og prøver ut litt nytt, mens han holder godt på suksessformelen."Stina Håkensbakken Roland , Oppland Arbeiderblad

Politimann virrer rundt i kjærlighetens garn

"Men K2 er ikke blitt en berømt etterforsker for ingenting. Til tross for sin generelle forvirring på kjærlighetsområdet holder han fokus på etterforskningen og med god hjelp fra geniet Borchmann geleider han leseren effektivt gjennom denne godt uttenkte mordgåten.(...)Ny underholdende retrokrim fra den hardtarbeidende historikeren Hans Olav Lahlum."Torbjørn Ekelund, Dagbladet

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Author Hans Olav Lahlum
Hans Olav Lahlum (1973–) is a historian. He made his literary debut with the critically acclaimed biography Oscar Torp in 2007. He has since published several crime novels and non-fiction books. His crime novels have become bestsellers in Norway, and are available in English, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Danish, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Russian, Slovakian and Korean.

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