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Denmark’s foremost literary author turns crime fiction on its head. Bess and Halland live in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else. When Halland is found murdered in the main square the police encounter only riddles. For Bess bereavement marks the start of a journey that leads her to a reassessment of first friends then family. “Just as Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose made crime fiction appear intellectual, so Pia Juul’s The Murder of Halland dismantles the rules of an entire genre.” Dagens Nyheter “This is good literature. Beautifully written. A rare and glittering stone on the beach. “Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norway Why Peirene chose to publish this book: “If you like crime you won’t be disappointed. The book has all the right ingredients. A murder, a gun, an inspector, suspense. But I love the story because it strays far beyond the who-done-it norm. In beautifully stark language Pia Juul manages to chart the phases of bereavement.“ Meike Ziervogel, Publisher

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