The Hermit by Thomas Rydahl

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The case doesn’t exactly hurtle to its melancholy finish, but Erhard’s wry musings and Rydahl’s high-resolution images of the island help the reader to settle into the deliberate tempo. A languid stroll with a sage detective through vivid locales that leaves a lasting impression.
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WINNER OF THE GLASS KEY AWARD – previous winners include Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Karin Fossum, Stieg Larsson and Arnaldur Indridason

WINNER OF THE DANISH DEBUTANT AWARD

WINNER OF THE HARALD MOGENSEN PRIZE

A car is found on a deserted beach on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura. On the back seat lies a cardboard box containing the body of a small boy buried in newspaper cuttings. No one knows his name, and there is no trace of a driver. The last thing an ailing tourist resort needs is a murder, and the police are desperate to close the case.

The island is rife with rumours about the reclusive Erhard. Two decades of self-imposed exile from his wife and children have left him alienated and alone, whiling away his days in a drunken haze, driving an old taxi to get by. This unlikeliest of detectives determines to solve the crime himself – and he has nothing to lose. But how can one old man, cut off from the modern world, solve a murder whose dangerous web of deceit stretches far beyond the small island? And what if the killer forces Erhard to confront his own long-buried past?

 

About Thomas Rydahl

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Thomas Rydahl has translated Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Outliers into Danish. The Hermit is his first novel. He lives in Fredensborg, Denmark.K.E. Semmel is a writer and translator who has received numerous grants from the Danish Arts Foundation for his work. A 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellow, he lives in Milwaukee, WI.
 
Published October 6, 2016 by Oneworld Publications. 480 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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on Aug 22 2016

The case doesn’t exactly hurtle to its melancholy finish, but Erhard’s wry musings and Rydahl’s high-resolution images of the island help the reader to settle into the deliberate tempo. A languid stroll with a sage detective through vivid locales that leaves a lasting impression.

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