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Satellite People (2011)

Tekijä: Hans Olav Lahlum

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A gripping, evocative, and ingenious mystery which pays homage to Agatha Christie, Satellite People is the second Norwegian mystery in Hans Olav Lahlum's series. Oslo, 1969: When a wealthy man collapses and dies during a dinner party, Norwegian Police Inspector Kolbjørn Kristiansen, known as K2, is left shaken. For the victim, Magdalon Schelderup, a multimillionaire businessman and former resistance fighter, had contacted him only the day before, fearing for his life. It soon becomes clear that every one of Schelderup's 10 dinner guests is a suspect in the case. The businessman was disliked, even despised, by many of those close to him; and his recently revised will may have set events in motion. But which of the guests--from his current and former wives and three children to his attractive secretary and old cohorts in the resistance--had the greatest motive for murder? With the inestimable help of Patricia--a brilliant, acerbic young woman who lives an isolated life at home, in her wheelchair--K2 begins to untangle the lies and deceit within each of the guests' testimonies. But as the investigators receive one mysterious letter after another warning of further deaths, K2 realizes he must race to uncover the killer, before they strike again.… (lisätietoja)
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Sometimes I find obscure gems to read within my TBR mountain, which is the case with Satellite People by Hans Olav Lahlum. Now, I call this book obscure, not because it got published by an independent publisher - in fact it is a Pan Macmillan title - but because apparently nobody else had gotten their hands on it. This, I feel, is odd. Why? Because everyone's missing out on a freaking entertaining book, that's why! Everyone jumped on the bandwagon when the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larson was to be made into a Hollywood film (the original flicks are still the best), which is admittedly a wonderful read, but all the other great writers from Europe are being neglected as a result. Well, let me school you on another must-read then, my lovelies...
Translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson, this charming noir-filled crime mystery, which shows a lot of homage to Agatha Christie, is one of those books that will keep you on the edge of your seat and will leave you wanting more. Satellite People is the second book in the series (the first book is called The Human Flies, which I have not read yet), and revolves around the murder of Magdalon Schelderup, who called police inspector K2 the day before his death. Now it's up to K2 to figure out which one of Magdalon's dinner guests hated their host enough to commit murder!

I know what you're thinking: "I've read this book before." Well, you're right with that one, it does have a lot of influence from Agatha Christie, as I've said earlier, but Satellite People also has its own unique qualities that makes it equally enjoyable. It's not fan-fic, it's just a hat's off to one of the greatest and most influential crime writers in history.

Hans Olav Lahlum did a great job, and although I can't judge on how accurate the translation is, Kari Dickson made the book a breeze to read. So, if you're in the mood to try something different, to read about a crime in a different country, I would definitely suggest you get your hands on this one. Satellite People might be the second book in the series, but I had no problem navigating through the story, the characters, or the mystery.

I rate this book with Jazz Hands.

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  MoniqueSnyman | Oct 3, 2019 |
The author says this novel is a tribute to Agatha Christie and in fact mentions a number of Golden Age writers. In terms of plot SATELLITE PEOPLE plays with elements from AND THEN THERE WERE NONE and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS amongst other Christie plots.

This is the second in a series featuring Detective inspector Kolbjorn Kristaiansen (known as K2) and his precocious young wheelchair bound consultant Patricia. There are constant reminders about how successful they were in their first case and indeed the two cases are compared a number of times, which I found a tad annoying as I have not read the first one.

K2 does the practical investigation during the day and then reports to Patricia every evening for her analysis of his findings. He is frequently bewildered by her questions and conclusions and she invariably sends him away with another line of questioning. K2 finds himself getting quite close to memebers of the victim's family.

An interesting read because the style is a little different to British/Australian crime fiction. ( )
  smik | Jul 9, 2016 |
In Oslo in 1969 a wealthy business man rings Kolbjørn Kristiansen, the police inspector made locally famous after a tough investigation the previous year, to report he is in fear for his life. Before the two can meet to discuss the issue Magdalon Schelderup dies while dining at home with the 10 people closest to him. It soon becomes clear that only someone at the dinner table could have been responsible for Schelderup’s death but untangling which of them it was proves taxing for K2. Thankfully for him he has assistance from an intelligent young civilian woman.

This is the second book in the series to feature K2 and my one (very minor) criticism is that I think you really do need to have read the first novel, THE HUMAN FLIES, to get the most out of this one. Although the mystery itself does not rely at all on any prior knowledge, the way that Patricia came to be K2’s civilian assistant crime solver is not really explained here and I was glad to have known how the two came to know each other from having read the first book. That aside though SATELLITE PEOPLE is a terrific read, especially for fans of the classic whodunit.

You don’t need to read the author’s afterword to know he is a fan of such golden age mystery writers as Agatha Christie (to whom the book is dedicated), Arthur Conan Doyle and Georges Simenon. The book’s structure and plotting style are evidence of his regard for them. But Lahlum builds on that foundation with deeper character development than is often found in the classic mysteries. With limited hard evidence available the bulk of K2 (and Patricia’s) investigation relies on a series of interviews with the victim’s friends and family who drip feed the truth almost like it is being tortured from them. Sometimes this storytelling technique can be tiresome but here I thought it was very successful, primarily because the reasons for each person keeping his or her secrets even in the face of police questioning were all very believable.

As with the first book parts of this story link back to the second world war. The victim and several other characters were in the resistance and there is one particularly horrible incident that reverberates in their lives even 25 years after it took place. I really like the way Lahlum weaves this history into the narrative and makes it relevant to the novel’s present day. Other plot strands, including the different ways the victim’s wealth and status has impacted his children’s lives and personalities, are equally engaging and at times I quite forgot I was supposed to be looking for clues to murder because I was just caught up in the dram of all their lives.

SATELLITE PEOPLE offers the best elements of a classic mystery with some modern influences layered over the top. It’s light and fun without being at all twee thanks to its exploration of some complex, psychological issues. In short: something for everyone.
1 ääni bsquaredinoz | Mar 16, 2016 |
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For den som liker klassisk krim
Solid retrokrim fra Hans Olav Lahlum.
Lahlum legger ikke skjul på at han er inspirert av de klassiske engelske krimforfatterne Arthur Conan Doyle og Agatha Christie.
Men han står også i gjeld til de store amerikanerne Chandler, Hammet og Macdonald. Selv om Kolbjørn Kristiansen er politiførstebetjent jobber han alene, og slik sett framstår han like mye som en privatdetektiv. Hans egen biografi får vi heller ikke vite særlig mye om. Han spiser og sover og tenker på saken, mens han møysommelig tråkler seg bakover i historien og framover i etterforskningen.
Her skiller den klassiske kriminalromanen seg markant fra mange av samtidens politiromaner, der det lesses på med ytre effekter og der helten tidvis bruker like mye tid på å reparere ødelagte kaffemaskiner og hente ungene på SFO som på å løse saken.
I «Satelittmenneskene» er det knapt en overflødig setning. Alt handler om etterforskningen, alt er enten spor eller blindspor. Slik sett er den en fryd å lese
 

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A gripping, evocative, and ingenious mystery which pays homage to Agatha Christie, Satellite People is the second Norwegian mystery in Hans Olav Lahlum's series. Oslo, 1969: When a wealthy man collapses and dies during a dinner party, Norwegian Police Inspector Kolbjørn Kristiansen, known as K2, is left shaken. For the victim, Magdalon Schelderup, a multimillionaire businessman and former resistance fighter, had contacted him only the day before, fearing for his life. It soon becomes clear that every one of Schelderup's 10 dinner guests is a suspect in the case. The businessman was disliked, even despised, by many of those close to him; and his recently revised will may have set events in motion. But which of the guests--from his current and former wives and three children to his attractive secretary and old cohorts in the resistance--had the greatest motive for murder? With the inestimable help of Patricia--a brilliant, acerbic young woman who lives an isolated life at home, in her wheelchair--K2 begins to untangle the lies and deceit within each of the guests' testimonies. But as the investigators receive one mysterious letter after another warning of further deaths, K2 realizes he must race to uncover the killer, before they strike again.

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