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The Drowned Detective af Neil Jordan
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The Drowned Detective (udgave 2016)

af Neil Jordan (Forfatter)

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Jonathan is a private detective in a decaying eastern European city. He is drowning in his work, his failing marriage and the corrupt landscape that surrounds him. One day, he is approached by an elderly couple to investigate the disappearance of their daughter, who has been missing for nearly two decades. Troubled by the faded photograph of a little girl the couple press on him - the same age as his own daughter - he feels compelled to find her. Then one night, as he is contemplating his troubled marriage, he encounters a young woman crouched at the foot of a stone angel on the bridge spanning the river that divides the city, a woman who suddenly jumps into the icy water below. As Jonathan plunges after her he finds himself dragged into her ghostly world of confusion, coincidence and intrigue and the city he thought he knew becomes strange, mysterious and threatening.… (mere)
Medlem:PenKease
Titel:The Drowned Detective
Forfattere:Neil Jordan (Forfatter)
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2016), Edition: UK ed., 272 pages
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This isn't a crime thriller. The detective doesn't even do much detecting. It uses a plot device similar to the "Crying Game" in which there is an unexpected twist with the romantic interest. It wasn't badly written, but it made me roll my eyes. ( )
  -Pia- | Sep 3, 2021 |
In an unspecified post-Communist Eastern European city, an English private detective named Jonathan makes a living by taking on assignments from ordinary citizens desperate to find lost loved ones. He lives in the city’s suburbs with his wife Sarah, an archaeologist working at a dig in the city, and their young daughter Jenny. Jonathan and Sarah’s marriage is going badly: the couple is seeing a therapist. In the course of previous investigations, Jonathan has (in unorthodox and highly questionable fashion) consulted an elderly psychic named Gertrude, whose advice has proved helpful. Early in the novel Jonathan and his associates Istvan and Frank are approached by a couple from the countryside who, 12 years after she went missing, are still looking for their daughter Petra. They are convinced she disappeared somewhere in the city. But before Jonathan can get the search for Petra underway, as he’s walking near the river one evening, he sees a young woman on the bridge who seems about to jump. He goes to her and tries to talk her down, but she jumps anyway, and he jumps in after her and pulls her to safety. She leads him along the twisting twilit city streets to an apartment, where they dry off, and soon he hears her playing one of Bach’s Suites for Cello. He leaves, and when he arrives home Sarah has the Casals recording of Bach’s Cello Suites on the CD player. From here, the story of Jonathan’s search for Petra and for some measure of peace of mind grows complex and layers mystery upon mystery: the city descends into a state of unrest, he discovers things about Sarah he would rather not know, the conundrums and inexplicable events pile up. Neil Jordan’s writing is brilliantly atmospheric. The unnamed Slavic city where the action takes place remains enticingly out of focus, and one can almost smell the steam rising from the cobblestones as the sun emerges after a sudden rain shower. The Drowned Detective is billed as a crime novel, but Jordan incorporates elements of other genres into an occasionally awkward mix that makes it difficult to place the book in any single category without caveats. The purist reader of detective thrillers will probably be disappointed, perhaps even frustrated. But for anyone who doesn’t mind spending a few hours with a novel that doesn’t necessarily answer all of the questions it poses, The Drowned Detective is not the worst choice you can make. ( )
  icolford | Apr 9, 2017 |
Boy, this is one strange book. It started off a little slow for me and I even considered putting it down without finishing it. I don't know exactly what made me pick it back up, but then something happened and I literally flew through the rest of the book to see what in the world was really going on. Jonathon and his wife have moved to an unnamed country (seems like Russia, not sure) from England. He runs a detective agency with two other men while his wife is an archeologist. They are having marital problems and are seeing a therapist while he's in the middle of a case of a missing girl. It's hard to tell what is real and was is not. It's definitely not for those who like a straight forward detective story. But, if you are a little off center, yourself, this might be for you. Just be patient and give it a little time...personally, I wish I had read this on a foggy, rainy night! ( )
  Dianekeenoy | May 25, 2016 |
Originally from England, Jonathan has moved his family to an unspecified former Soviet Republic because of his wife’s archaeology job. Jonathan operates his own “tracing” agency with the help of a photographer and another investigator, Frank. The agency takes small cases of following errant husbands, seeking out fake designer handbag sellers, that type of thing. They don’t really do missing persons. But when a middle-aged couple comes to the agency for help in finding their missing daughter, Jonathan takes one look at the child’s picture and he can’t say no.

Jonathan is married to Sarah and they have a young daughter of their own. Jonathan spends each day drowning in jealousy and anger over the discovery that his wife and his partner Frank have had an affair. Each night when he goes home to Sarah, he is at a loss to face her betrayal of their marriage. When he goes back to work in the morning, he’s confronted with the infuriating visage of Frank.

Then Jonathan rescues a woman who jumps off a bridge into the river. As the days go by, he finds himself drawn back to this woman again and again to listen to her play her cello. Her cello music continues to haunt him even when he’s not with her. The woman’s sadness somehow echoes Jonathan’s own feelings of confusion and despair.

Told against a backdrop of Eastern European protests, this is a haunting story of a man’s loss of identity, the tumultuous results of one spouse’s affair, and whether or not this couple can find their way back to each other.

When I first started this book, the language and writing style threw me off a bit and I was sure it wasn’t for me. I almost never pick up a book without finishing it though, and I am so glad I didn’t put this down! I gulped down this book in a just a few hours and it was well worth it. When I read that the author was in filmmaking it didn’t surprise me, as the story is told as if it were a series of scenes from Hollywood’s classic film noir period. The dreamlike landscape unfolds beautifully and it will leave you chilled.

I want to thank the publisher (Bloomsbury USA) for providing me with the ARC through Netgalley for an honest review. ( )
  sherribelcher | Mar 24, 2016 |
So I just saw this yesterday in the latest batch of Guardian reviews, and it sounded interesting. Although the physical book won't be released here until May, the ebook edition was available, so I snagged it. A very good snag, as it turns out. Now I just have to figure how how to describe it without giving too much away.

It is a mystery, but it is also more than a mystery. The main character, Jonathan, is a private detective in eastern Europe - he has two other men working for him, and he also has a psychic that he consults whose name is Gertrude. The side characters here are fabulous, and Gertrude is my favorite. The books opens like any other detective novel, but very soon things start to go a bit wonky, and then the fun truly begins. There is a ghost in this story! I won't say more than that except to say that I loved the ending. If the premise is at all intriguing to you, do not hesitate to pick this one up. ( )
  Crazymamie | Feb 28, 2016 |
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Jonathan is a private detective in a decaying eastern European city. He is drowning in his work, his failing marriage and the corrupt landscape that surrounds him. One day, he is approached by an elderly couple to investigate the disappearance of their daughter, who has been missing for nearly two decades. Troubled by the faded photograph of a little girl the couple press on him - the same age as his own daughter - he feels compelled to find her. Then one night, as he is contemplating his troubled marriage, he encounters a young woman crouched at the foot of a stone angel on the bridge spanning the river that divides the city, a woman who suddenly jumps into the icy water below. As Jonathan plunges after her he finds himself dragged into her ghostly world of confusion, coincidence and intrigue and the city he thought he knew becomes strange, mysterious and threatening.

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