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by Mantle, 28 September 2017. ISBN
The Golden Age merges with Scandinavian Crime to
produce this book. It is set in 1972 in Oslo and starts with Inspector
K2 investigating the strangulation of a young, attractive, female theology
student. She was killed when she was walking a short distance to her
home at night. The Inspector finds it a difficult case since it
seems to be a random event. Interviews with friends, relatives and
acquaintances of the girl suggest that she has a fundamentally cold personality
- she was very good looking and seemed to enjoy leading men on then rejecting
The title The Anthill Murders refers to the discovery of a small drawing
of an ant in the victim’s handbag. A second murder soon follows - this
time of a different sort of woman - a promiscuous, heavy drinking jazz singer.
The ant motif re-occurs in this and further murders. We are
privy to the murderer’s thoughts, conveyed to the reader in short sections
written in italics. Tension builds up as the murderer works to
carry out his plans.
Inspector K2 discusses this case
with Patricia, his friend and ally in previous cases. She is another
attractive young woman but has a disability that forces her to use a
wheelchair. They find it difficult to proceed, especially as their own
relationship develops some problems.
The Agatha Christie similarity
suggested by one of the policemen proves interesting in reaching final onclusions.
This is a cleverly crafted mystery with several unexpected twists.
Jennifer S. Palmer
Hans Olaf Lahlum has written 4
previous crime novels featuring K2 and Patricia.
Hans Olav Lahlum born 12 September 1973, is a Norwegian
historian, crime author, chess player and organizer, and politician. He has
written biographies on Oscar Torp and Haakon Lie, and a history book about all
the Presidents of the United States.
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.