The third, and final, novel about Christian von der Hall
In Wonderboy, we met Christian as a 34-year-old, when he was dreaming of becoming rich. In The Prince, he had turned 47 and discovered that power often trumps money. In Showtime!, our hero is approaching 60 and has begun to wonder whether he should be striving for that most powerful of forces – namely, love. Or as Christian von der Hall, a true-born man of his time, often calls it: entertainment.
«This book runneth over with well-aimed, enjoyable time markers … successful end to the trilogy. Though, end? Even though the publisher insists that this is the finale, I would bet 5,000 dollars that Showtime! won’t be the last we see of von der Hall.
«Henrik Langeland’s Showtime lives up to its title. With the closing volume in the trilogy about ex-wonderboy Christian von der Hall, Henrik Langeland returns to his star part: as a contemporary satiric, with humour and tempo. Henrik Langeland is great with droll characters, and signifiers of class and time, from cars to cuisine. (…) The reader is hooked for a proper rollercoaster ride, driven along by the foreboding feeling that this can hardly end well. Will the event mogul finally seal this deal? Or that one? Who will be his nemesis, with so many candidates? Maybe the 26-year old blonde? Or the shady banking connection? One of his customers? His wife? His former arch nemesis, or one of the new ones?”
«Hilarious, light read. Henrik Langeland lives up to the expectations of his third novel about the apparently successful businessman Christian von der Hall.” Showtime is a humorous and easily red novel, where the degree of contemporary satire is titillatingly obscure.”
«Refreshing from Langeland. [He] is great at constructing a thrilling story. We don’t know how it all will end before the very last pages. (…) It’s well done.”
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