Hans Schmidt Petersen, The Snail´s House (2009)

Not translated into English (yet?), but I am sure many of you would enjoy this series.

A Danish police procedural, “Sneglens hus”. A very promising debut, and I liked two aspects especially. First, even though the story deals with a number of brutal murders, the writer never dwells on the nasty details, he focuses on the Danish police officer Carsten Mathiesen who works hard to get under the skin of the crimes and the victims. Second, the series takes place in South Jutland, the border area between Denmark and Germany, where most of the locals speak both languages but still think of ´us´ and ´them´. It is clear that the writer who grew up in Denmark as a member of the German minority but lives in Berlin today knows the area and the feeling of being an outsider very well.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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7 Responses to Hans Schmidt Petersen, The Snail´s House (2009)

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Dorte – This does look very interesting!! I hope it gets translated soon.

  2. I hope so too. I’m very much looking forward to an English edition of The Snail’s House.

  3. Petty Witter says:

    Sounds like a promising start, I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for this in the hope that its translated.

  4. Sounds like a great book! Hope there’ll be an English version soon. 🙂

  5. You never know with Danish books. The American publishers seem to go for action, not character development, but I´d like to see this series as an example of Danish crime fiction.

  6. Lauren says:

    Bizarrely, this hasn’t even been translated into German, though some of the author’s other books have. Hopefully this will happen one day – that, or an English version. It does sound good!

  7. Lauren: yes, that´s weird. But I suppose he will publish it in German also – it seems to be rather popular in Denmark, and it has some fine qualities because he describes the community near the border so well.

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