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Award winning Scandinavian mystery From an international best-selling author It is late September, and Anna Kiehl, a student of anthropology and a single mother, does not return from her evening run in the forest. The next morning, she is found dead. She is naked, her throat is cut, and there is a bouquet of poisonous hemlock on her chest. Police inspector Daniel Award winning Scandinavian mystery From an international best-selling author It is late September, and Anna Kiehl, a student of anthropology and a single mother, does not return from her evening run in the forest. The next morning, she is found dead. She is naked, her throat is cut, and there is a bouquet of poisonous hemlock on her chest. Police inspector Daniel Trokic is in charge of the investigation, and it leads him to the case of a prominent scientist and specialist in neurochemistry and antidepressants who disappeared eight weeks earlier. Daniel Trokic must get to the killer before he strikes again, but this turns out to be a dangerous pursuit. Suspenseful and fast-paced. Winner of the Danish Crime Academy's Debut Award in 2006 for the most exciting debut of the year.


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Award winning Scandinavian mystery From an international best-selling author It is late September, and Anna Kiehl, a student of anthropology and a single mother, does not return from her evening run in the forest. The next morning, she is found dead. She is naked, her throat is cut, and there is a bouquet of poisonous hemlock on her chest. Police inspector Daniel Award winning Scandinavian mystery From an international best-selling author It is late September, and Anna Kiehl, a student of anthropology and a single mother, does not return from her evening run in the forest. The next morning, she is found dead. She is naked, her throat is cut, and there is a bouquet of poisonous hemlock on her chest. Police inspector Daniel Trokic is in charge of the investigation, and it leads him to the case of a prominent scientist and specialist in neurochemistry and antidepressants who disappeared eight weeks earlier. Daniel Trokic must get to the killer before he strikes again, but this turns out to be a dangerous pursuit. Suspenseful and fast-paced. Winner of the Danish Crime Academy's Debut Award in 2006 for the most exciting debut of the year.

30 review for Dark September

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    An interesting look at how crimes are solved in Denmark, but to be honest this left me a bit wanting. Looking at previous reviews I can see it is one of those novels that polarise readers - you either love it or it leaves you feeling a bit "Meh!" In my case it was simply that I didn't click with the author's writing style and that I found it to be very disjointed with no smooth flow to it, whether that was due to the translation I'm not sure. (Interestingly author Willow Rose has a similar writi An interesting look at how crimes are solved in Denmark, but to be honest this left me a bit wanting. Looking at previous reviews I can see it is one of those novels that polarise readers - you either love it or it leaves you feeling a bit "Meh!" In my case it was simply that I didn't click with the author's writing style and that I found it to be very disjointed with no smooth flow to it, whether that was due to the translation I'm not sure. (Interestingly author Willow Rose has a similar writing style and is also a Danish native.) It's hard to enjoy a novel when you're not invested in the main character, and although the book wasn't bad I just couldn't feel anything for most of the characters. They certainly leave a lot to be desired in their people skills and Trokic, the protagonist, is surly and antisocial. I'd also picked the murderer about a quarter of the way through, although the reason for the crime was a good twist. As I said, it's not a bad book and some people really like it but for me this was a definite "miss".

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Denoument is a bit rushed.Not as good as the second in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ken Fredette

    I thought Inger Wolf did an excellent job on her first book in the Daniel Trokics and because she did a good job I will read the other books. She won the Danish Crime Academy's debut prize for this book which was published in 2006. I thought Lisa was more of a main character in the series than Daniel but we'll see what the other books bring. I thought Inger Wolf did an excellent job on her first book in the Daniel Trokics and because she did a good job I will read the other books. She won the Danish Crime Academy's debut prize for this book which was published in 2006. I thought Lisa was more of a main character in the series than Daniel but we'll see what the other books bring.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Clynes

    Follow Police Lieutenant Inspector Daniel Trokic and his team in Denmark for this crime thriller which starts off when a young woman is found dead and naked within a forest. I enjoyed reading Dark September which I found to be a regular police procedural crime thriller. It follows the usual format expected in this genre of novel. Although this novel is set in Denmark, the locations made no difference whatsoever to my enjoyment of this book. The culture did not even feel Danish and this novel coul Follow Police Lieutenant Inspector Daniel Trokic and his team in Denmark for this crime thriller which starts off when a young woman is found dead and naked within a forest. I enjoyed reading Dark September which I found to be a regular police procedural crime thriller. It follows the usual format expected in this genre of novel. Although this novel is set in Denmark, the locations made no difference whatsoever to my enjoyment of this book. The culture did not even feel Danish and this novel could have been set in any country within the Western world. Inger’s writing is of high quality and although I did not find Dark September to be outstanding, it was a satisfying read that fulfilled my desire to have a good book on-the-go. I got the same pleasure from reading Dark September as I do from having a carvery meal at a pub. The chef carves some meat for you and you help yourself to a range of vegetables. You get a good solid plate of dinner with quality and nutritious ingredients that provide goodness and none of the nasty things associated with junk food. Dark September is a regular good read like so many other popular police crime procedurals. I liked the range of suspects that the police interviewed and the many leads that were followed up. Each suspect had something to hide and could so easily have motive and opportunity to murder this young woman. I thought the plot was good although the chase at the end was a let down, playing catch is not really detective work and more like cross country running! I loved the strong characterization of all the characters, whether they were suspects or working with the police team. Although the lead character is Police Lieutenant Inspector Daniel Trokic, my favourite character was Detective Lisa Kornelius. She has great attitude and I loved her involvement with computers and the explanations she gave about the software and technology. Lisa is also an ordinary girl and not some glamourous bimbo - one of my pet hates! Dark September gave me my daily fix of having a book on-the-go and I would be very interested to continue with the other books in this series. I think Dark September is a GOOD read, so it gets 4 stars from me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)

    This is the first book in the series having as a protagonist the half-Danish, half-Croatian detective Daniel Trokic, a really compelling protagonist among the vast number of Scandinavian fictional police investigators. I've also read the sixth book in the series, titled "Under a Dark Sky", an engaging crime novel set in the frozen Alaskan landscape. "Dark September" begins with Trokic being in a crime scene where a young woman, Anna Kiehl, has been brutally murdered and defiled by a really caref This is the first book in the series having as a protagonist the half-Danish, half-Croatian detective Daniel Trokic, a really compelling protagonist among the vast number of Scandinavian fictional police investigators. I've also read the sixth book in the series, titled "Under a Dark Sky", an engaging crime novel set in the frozen Alaskan landscape. "Dark September" begins with Trokic being in a crime scene where a young woman, Anna Kiehl, has been brutally murdered and defiled by a really careful and meticulous perpetrator who left no clue for the police to find. This homicide will be proved to be connected with the murder of a well-known Danish neuroscientist who made his research on the effects of the use of anti-depressants. Trokic, along with his sidekick IT specialist Lisa Cornelius, will have to knock on a lot of doors and check out all of the two victims past and present acquaintances in order to find the culprit. This is a tight-plotted, typical police procedural novel, with no redundant descriptive or dialogue parts and it makes for a fast as well as an enjoyable read. There is a strong whodunit element which keeps the suspense alive throughout the book and the ending is far from disappointing. Honestly, I didn't see it coming. There is also a discussion on the use of psychiatric medication, more specifically anti-depressant SSRI meds, and the author in a short epilogue writes that she suffered from major depression while writing her debut crime novel, thus making the theme all the more relevant. Overall, I cannot find something negative to mention regarding "Black September" and I can sincerely say that it is a more than decent Scandinavian crime fiction novel that will satisfy the majority of the genre's fanatics and motivate them to read more of Inger Wolf's work. My precise rating is closer to 3,5/5.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    Great start to series Wow this was wild story. It kept me entertained throughout the book. I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this book since there were mixed reviews but this was an enjoyable read. Great start to series Wow this was wild story. It kept me entertained throughout the book. I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this book since there were mixed reviews but this was an enjoyable read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    I can clearly see why this book was the winner of the Danish Crime Academy's Debut Award in 2006 for the most exciting debut of the year. WOW! What a thrill ride this was! Thanks Willow Rose for the "must read" recommendation. I was hooked right from the beginning of the novel. This story has all of the elements that make for a great, thriller read: Suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat, danger, shocking and heinous acts that boggled my mind, gory details that made me cringe but I just co I can clearly see why this book was the winner of the Danish Crime Academy's Debut Award in 2006 for the most exciting debut of the year. WOW! What a thrill ride this was! Thanks Willow Rose for the "must read" recommendation. I was hooked right from the beginning of the novel. This story has all of the elements that make for a great, thriller read: Suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat, danger, shocking and heinous acts that boggled my mind, gory details that made me cringe but I just couldn't stop reading, and an artful air of mystery that kept me guessing as to who did the dirty deed. This was my first Wolf novel and, now, I can't wait to go read the other novel, Under A Black Sky, that I one-clicked at the same time as this one!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Ibarra

    A woman is found naked murdered in the forest. She is Anna Kiehl, an anthropology student and single mother. The police inspector David Troikic, will lead the investigation to discover who killed her. This novel won the Danish Crime Academy Award. If this was the best novel, I am not interested in learning about the runners-up. The book is very slow, boring, and absolutely predictable. Halfway through the book, I was tempted to throw it away, but with a lot of effort I continued simply to confir A woman is found naked murdered in the forest. She is Anna Kiehl, an anthropology student and single mother. The police inspector David Troikic, will lead the investigation to discover who killed her. This novel won the Danish Crime Academy Award. If this was the best novel, I am not interested in learning about the runners-up. The book is very slow, boring, and absolutely predictable. Halfway through the book, I was tempted to throw it away, but with a lot of effort I continued simply to confirm if my suspicions were true, and of course they were. I got fooled by the reviews. Not worth your time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Not a great detective, rather an excellent in writing a thriller with standard ingredients. The characters weren’t too well worked out and there was little surprise in, but I liked thd writing stle. Decent, but nothing remarkable.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marina H

    Some might say that if you have read a couple of crime novels, then you've read them all. And in many ways I agree. They are often very similar, the characters seem identical and the plot is predictable. So a really good crime novel in my opinion has to stand out in some ways. And this just didn't! I understand that it might be difficult to create completely new plots and ideas that has never been read before, but then the author could at least create some intriguing and interesting charactes. Th Some might say that if you have read a couple of crime novels, then you've read them all. And in many ways I agree. They are often very similar, the characters seem identical and the plot is predictable. So a really good crime novel in my opinion has to stand out in some ways. And this just didn't! I understand that it might be difficult to create completely new plots and ideas that has never been read before, but then the author could at least create some intriguing and interesting charactes. The main characters in this book was bland and I just couldn't relate to them. Their personal story didn't capture me, and I'm not left with a feeling of wanting to know more about them. At the same time I'm wondering, who is the main character? It felt like the first half of the book focused on Daniel Trokic and then the focused changed to Lisa Kornelius. I don't mind if there are two main characters, but I would personally prefer if focus switched between them throughout the entire book. The chapters are all really short, and that makes the book a quite easy and fast read. I don't mind that, but I sometimes felt the booked skipped to fast from one scene to another. At the beginning of many chapters I wasn't entirely sure who we were following and where we were. I might give the second book about Trokic and Kornelius a change, but I don't have high expectations!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    I love Scandinavian mysteries, and it was fun meeting a new detective, Daniel Trokic, of the Aarhus (Denmark) Homicide Bureau. Trokic likes to be a bit of a lone wolf, and sometimes gets into trouble because he doesn't stay in touch with his colleagues. A young woman has been killed near the edge of a forest, her throat slashed and dried hemlock blossoms left on her chest. Trokic is assigned the case, and he is assisted by Lisa and Jacob, two young detectives. Lots of mysterious possibilities as I love Scandinavian mysteries, and it was fun meeting a new detective, Daniel Trokic, of the Aarhus (Denmark) Homicide Bureau. Trokic likes to be a bit of a lone wolf, and sometimes gets into trouble because he doesn't stay in touch with his colleagues. A young woman has been killed near the edge of a forest, her throat slashed and dried hemlock blossoms left on her chest. Trokic is assigned the case, and he is assisted by Lisa and Jacob, two young detectives. Lots of mysterious possibilities as the case progresses, though about two-thirds of the way through I guessed the killer. As Lisa and Jacob close in on the killer, Trokic is incommunicado, his cell phone out of charge. Will they all sync up in time to save Trokic from running into an ambush? A fun read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Peters

    Exciting Was worthy of five stars until the ending. Didn't care for the protagonist, found him completely unlikable unlike his subordinates. As the story is drawing to a close, the protagonist suffers a serious head wound. But doesn't have to stay at least overnight in the hospital. When confronted by the antagonist, he gets shot yet is able to have a car chase with the killer. Yet the antagonist is shot by a subordinate in the thigh and succumb she to blood loss. And a different subordinate was Exciting Was worthy of five stars until the ending. Didn't care for the protagonist, found him completely unlikable unlike his subordinates. As the story is drawing to a close, the protagonist suffers a serious head wound. But doesn't have to stay at least overnight in the hospital. When confronted by the antagonist, he gets shot yet is able to have a car chase with the killer. Yet the antagonist is shot by a subordinate in the thigh and succumb she to blood loss. And a different subordinate was shot in the chest but would make a complete recovery. Ending completely unrealistic. Not sure if I will continue with series as I have plenty of books in the to be read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MelMon Sanchez

    Detective Daniel Trorick is a gifted Detective, he's also, stubborn and has a difficult upbringing. But he's reasonable although he can be bullheaded. Lisa getting moved to his department wasn't ideal at first, but they grow on each other. With the help from Jacob and Jasper they bring the case of the gruesome murder of Anna and the disappearance of her boyfriend Christoffer to a close. So many suspects and so much digging is required. Very suspenseful. Detective Daniel Trorick is a gifted Detective, he's also, stubborn and has a difficult upbringing. But he's reasonable although he can be bullheaded. Lisa getting moved to his department wasn't ideal at first, but they grow on each other. With the help from Jacob and Jasper they bring the case of the gruesome murder of Anna and the disappearance of her boyfriend Christoffer to a close. So many suspects and so much digging is required. Very suspenseful.

  14. 4 out of 5

    John Dirom

    I really enjoyed this book; it won the Danish Crime Writer's Academy's Debut award, and i see why. It kept me hooked and you do not see who committed the murders until well into the book. Very atmospheric and well written. I liked the characters and want to read the next 2 books in the series to read more about them. Enjoy. This is the first Inger Wolf book i have read and will definitely be reading more. I really enjoyed this book; it won the Danish Crime Writer's Academy's Debut award, and i see why. It kept me hooked and you do not see who committed the murders until well into the book. Very atmospheric and well written. I liked the characters and want to read the next 2 books in the series to read more about them. Enjoy. This is the first Inger Wolf book i have read and will definitely be reading more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    L

    Is it the weather, do you think, that leads to so many grizzly murders in fiction set in Northern Europe? This was the winner of the Danish Crime Academy's Debut Award in 2006. Frankly, it's hard to believe this was a debut novel; it's that good. Wolf presents a refreshing take on the serial killer--yes, I know that's sort of an oxymoron--in that this is not about sexual depravity or the torture of women. I'm so tired of and over that nonsense. No, this one actually makes sense, in a mad sort of Is it the weather, do you think, that leads to so many grizzly murders in fiction set in Northern Europe? This was the winner of the Danish Crime Academy's Debut Award in 2006. Frankly, it's hard to believe this was a debut novel; it's that good. Wolf presents a refreshing take on the serial killer--yes, I know that's sort of an oxymoron--in that this is not about sexual depravity or the torture of women. I'm so tired of and over that nonsense. No, this one actually makes sense, in a mad sort of way. The characters are all terrific. Really. They are believable, interesting people. Oh, and as for that mystery--yeah, great plot! And that's all I'll tell you about it. Wolf also thoughtfully raises issues of the ethics and consequences for society of the over-prescription and overuse of antidepressants. I wouldn't have expected that in a thriller (and don't worry, it's handled lightly/briefly), but there it is and that pushed the book up to 5 stars for me (my criteria for going beyond 4 being social issue relevance).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Hanan

    This book is a little outside my usual reading box, but it was offered free and I decided to take a chance. I believe this is the first book I’ve read that takes place in Denmark. The English translation is very well done. Police inspector Daniel Trokic is an intriguing character with a dark past. Detectives Lisa Kornelius and Jasper Taurup are also well-layered. The author holds nothing back as we follow them through this police procedural as they doggedly search for clues in the murder or a yo This book is a little outside my usual reading box, but it was offered free and I decided to take a chance. I believe this is the first book I’ve read that takes place in Denmark. The English translation is very well done. Police inspector Daniel Trokic is an intriguing character with a dark past. Detectives Lisa Kornelius and Jasper Taurup are also well-layered. The author holds nothing back as we follow them through this police procedural as they doggedly search for clues in the murder or a young woman who had been out for a jog in the forest. There is some sexual content, most of which is left to the reader’s imagination; as well as graphic descriptions of dead bodies. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a gritty, gripping, fast-paced European murder mystery.

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Captain

    You can tell, that it’s the author’s first crime book. It’s good, but has different mistakes, in the story and the details. The language is well used, and not boring though. Looking forward to see what’s next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Black Butterfly

    I FOUND READING THIS WAS A LITTLE CONFUSING AT TIMES THE LANGUAGE MADE NO SENSE. IT DIDN’T FLOW SMOOTHLY NOT A BAD READ BUT IT WAS JUST OK FOR ME. ;-]

  19. 4 out of 5

    VickiLee

    For a first novel in a series, I actually connected nicely with the characters and the various threads of plot. A young woman is found murdered to the side of a running path. Her death becomes linked to a religious cult, jealous friends, and research into antidepressants through the work of the police. The novel is set in Denmark, and the key police officer is Daniel Trokic, a withdrawn but fascinating person.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Dark September Interesting murder mystery with likeable characters and storyline that the reader can follow fairly well without straining to keep up with the action.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    This book is a cliché of pretty much every best-selling crime novel in the past few years. We have everything from the brooding, mysterious investigator to the purple-haired young woman who specializes in computers. Throw in a good old-fashioned secret order: "The Golden Order", a cellphone which doesn't work at all the wrong times and someone who goes to meet the murderer when someone else has already figured out - too late - who it is, and you have a classic. Right? Yawn. I had guessed who the This book is a cliché of pretty much every best-selling crime novel in the past few years. We have everything from the brooding, mysterious investigator to the purple-haired young woman who specializes in computers. Throw in a good old-fashioned secret order: "The Golden Order", a cellphone which doesn't work at all the wrong times and someone who goes to meet the murderer when someone else has already figured out - too late - who it is, and you have a classic. Right? Yawn. I had guessed who the murderer was halfway through and was really just waiting for the police to mess up, get in danger and figure it out for themselves. The author's extremely pour attempt at making this some sort of "socio-realistic" novel as well by adding discussions about what happiness is and how modern society drives us to depression just made for passages you had to skim and skip. Some random, incredibly handsome young police officer brings up a simplified version of Sartre after visiting a junkie. Oh really? At least it made for excellent parodies whenever mentioned to my friends or family.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Richard Tolleson

    I had never heard of the author or the series, but it was one of my Kindle First books, so I had nothing to lose. I'm glad I took a chance on this book. The last quarter of the book is so exciting I read it all in one sitting. The main characters are pretty well developed, so when the author places them in peril at the climax, you are on the edge of your seat to find out if everyone will make it out OK. I tend to shy away from translated books, but I liked "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", and I had never heard of the author or the series, but it was one of my Kindle First books, so I had nothing to lose. I'm glad I took a chance on this book. The last quarter of the book is so exciting I read it all in one sitting. The main characters are pretty well developed, so when the author places them in peril at the climax, you are on the edge of your seat to find out if everyone will make it out OK. I tend to shy away from translated books, but I liked "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", and this seemed as if it might be in the same vein. It's not as graphic as that book, but there's still enough edge in terms of sex and violence that you won't mistake it for The Hardy Boys. One quibble: (and I don't know if this is a feature of Danish writing) sometimes it's hard to know to whom the pronouns are referring. I found myself several times backing up to make sure I understood what I was reading. I don't think the ending is predictable, although my wife, who is smarter than I, might disagree. In short, this was a very exciting book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Race Bannon

    I found this story to be very flat and uninteresting. I did not like any of the characters and all of them are pretty bland. The plot starts off well enough (which is why I kept reading), but by the middle of the book I just thought it was all going haphazardly. The author tries for a thrilling ending but by then I had given up and could not wait for it all to be over. Not a very good book at all.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    9/21, Jutland, Denmark (Germany), Lieutenant Detective Daniel Trokic (38, CID Homicide), Kurt Tønnies (Forensics), & Torben Bach (forensic pathologist) were discussing what could had happened to the female corpse. A handful of white hemlock flowers were arranged on her breast. Leif Korning (dog walker) had found the deceased. After the examination; her throat had been cut, & she was sexually assaulted. Captain Agersund assigned Detective Lisa Kornelius (35, CID Homicide), & Detective Jasper Taurup 9/21, Jutland, Denmark (Germany), Lieutenant Detective Daniel Trokic (38, CID Homicide), Kurt Tønnies (Forensics), & Torben Bach (forensic pathologist) were discussing what could had happened to the female corpse. A handful of white hemlock flowers were arranged on her breast. Leif Korning (dog walker) had found the deceased. After the examination; her throat had been cut, & she was sexually assaulted. Captain Agersund assigned Detective Lisa Kornelius (35, CID Homicide), & Detective Jasper Taurup (CID Homicide) to help on the case. Peter Kiehl (3, son) had been found in Anna Kiehl (27, anthropology student, single mother) the murdered victim’s apartment. 9/23, Elise Holm had reported Dr. Christoffer Holm (37, brother, scientist, PhD) missing. Detective Jacob Hvid had joined the team. Tony Hansen has somehow vanished. Christoffer’s 3-week old corpse had washed up on a beach. 9/26, the investigation, & interviews continue. Will the murder mysteries be solved & someone brought to justice? Now there was a BA musical group Rammstein. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written crime thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great murder mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; People's Press; lisaatmanybooks; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  25. 4 out of 5

    LittleWynterFox

    #1 Dark September ★★★☆☆ #2 Frost and Ashes ★★☆☆☆ Dark September is a pretty good read. Fast-paced for a mystery, all things considered. It seemed a bit slow, not in regards to the timeline or writing style, but the characters were fairly boring; their personalities and personal conflicts didn't really grab me intensely, but they were tolerable enough. I feel that it's difficult to write a murder mystery without the same type of characters as every other book in the genre, and really takes an extra #1 Dark September ★★★☆☆ #2 Frost and Ashes ★★☆☆☆ Dark September is a pretty good read. Fast-paced for a mystery, all things considered. It seemed a bit slow, not in regards to the timeline or writing style, but the characters were fairly boring; their personalities and personal conflicts didn't really grab me intensely, but they were tolerable enough. I feel that it's difficult to write a murder mystery without the same type of characters as every other book in the genre, and really takes an extra something to stand out from the crowd. I appreciated that it didn't end with a cliffhanger. In fact, although this is book one of a series, it wraps up nicely as a stand-alone novel. Trokic seemed pretty cool, even if he does come off as a stiff sometimes. (view spoiler)[He enjoys Rammstein (a German heavy metal band, check 'em out they're pretty good), cooking delicious dishes, isn't an intolerable flirt OR pervert (thank you Ingrid, for sparing us the endless paragraphs of ogling all the breasts ever), he didn't come off as abrasive or overly-assertive, and is pretty decent at his job due to his more analytical mind. He's a lone wolf type, partly due to the anxiety and depression from some past trauma he's suffered, and partly because the personal aspects of his personality don't tend to fit in well with others. Here's a quote from Jasper to Trokic that I really loved, "You never take anyone at face value. And that pushes people's buttons, people who are used to being in control." From what we learn about his background, he tends to be a bit judgemental towards people living less than morally acceptable, I'm assuming as a preconceived notion born from his less than ideal childhood. In fact, it seems he pushes people away because he doesn't want to get hurt. I find that relatable, even down to the endless nightmares, although mine are not about rabbits. (hide spoiler)] Lisa on the other hand, was a little bit all over the place. (view spoiler)[She's messy, smokes, and isn't afraid to assert herself around her male colleagues. Her area of expertise is IT related tasks, like searching through computers and other devices related to child pornography and pedophilia cases, before recently transferring to homicide. You'd figure that would set her up as a more analytical type as well, but she is a fairly emotional hot-tempered person, which becomes apparent when she loses her cool over the conversation she has with her boss about the morality of using antidepressants. I found it a bit irritating that she decides to completely change the way she looks, with the help of her 'more fashionable' sister, because she's tired of being a single woman and figured she could garner more male attention that way. EYE ROLL. Also, the fact that she practically jumps into bed with a coworker, Jasper, and thinks he might be the one. Girl, you've known this guy for what, a week? Psh. (hide spoiler)] In regards to the writing style, which was my favorite aspect of this book, Inger Wolf has a way of beautifully writing descriptive background ambience and use of poetic, if not delicately sinister, tangible imagery - which I quite enjoy, a lot. The descriptive writing, especially the writing about nature and death, really stood out for me in this book (the description of the body they pulled out of the bog in a later chapter was a nice touch of grotesque horror). This cinematic opening paragraph hooked me: The white poisonous plant lay fanned out over the woman's exposed breast. In the dawning light, dew still sparkled on the thin red-speckled stalks nodding in the light breeze. A nearby brown Irish setter raised his snout from a pile of dead leaves and sniffed at the various forest scents, one of which was unfamiliar. He checked it out cautiously. The naked woman lay in the clearing that formed a natural boundary between the tall beeches and a small dense cluster of evergreens. She faced the sky with arms and legs spread out on a bed of fallen leaves, ferns, mushrooms, and impatiens that had finished blooming. She might have been daydreaming. If you haven't already assumed this, the homicide case deals with rape, so if this triggers you please be warned. There were no rape scenes, or overly-detailed paragraphs, and when it is mentioned it is mentioned fairly briefly but isn't focused on in an intrusive manner, in my opinion. This book also contains heavy underlying debate over pharmaceuticals versus homeopathy, I think mostly due to the current homicide case, but I can also see the possibility of the subject being important later on in later books of this series, if Wolf decides to focus in on Trokic and his backstory/personal life. From about midway and throughout the book, I was for sure I knew who the killer was. (view spoiler)[I had briefly suspected Irene and Ingrid, due to how expressionless and 'odd' they were, and knowing how catty and dangerous women can be toward one another when feeling threatened. The only reason I decided to rule them out was because of the semen found at the opening crime scene. For a long time, I suspected Jasper because of how charming he was and how quickly Lisa had saddled up with him, to me it seemed ominous and suspicious, anyway, along with a few other connections. The ending was a bit of a surprise, and I loved that you literally have met the killer right at the beginning of the book, which authors tend to not do well, so props to Wolf here. She tricked the police and she sure as hell tricked me. I thought the strange preservation of bodies was interesting, but it was kind of a let down that the killer's motives randomly turned out to be that of a dissociative psychopath, given that I was half-expecting a crazy corporate scandal. (hide spoiler)] Was this book the best? Well, it didn't exactly have me on the edge of my seat. Was it a nice read? Most definitely, and I'm impressed with this being Wolf's first book. I will continue the Trokic series because Ingrid Wolf's writing was nice enough that I am confident her books will get better with time and experience, plus, the characters may become more interesting as we learn more about them, and as their relationships develop. (view spoiler)[I feel that eventually, it may be possible that there will be a love triangle between Trokic, Lisa, and Jasper, since it seemed to foreshadow that with the mention of the woman that Tokic and Jasper both loved. (hide spoiler)] If it happens, I totally called it. Content Warning for violence, rape.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    Loved the first (or second) one in this series but didn't enjoy this one at all and gave in at 26%. It doesn't even seem to be about the same guy. Another gripe there. His name is Trokic in the books but the series are marked as Trokics. That's really irritating and I've no idea why. It makes no sense at all. It's impossible to figure out which order these books are supposed to be read in as well. You look on some sites and this is book one yet others say book two and the actual content of this s Loved the first (or second) one in this series but didn't enjoy this one at all and gave in at 26%. It doesn't even seem to be about the same guy. Another gripe there. His name is Trokic in the books but the series are marked as Trokics. That's really irritating and I've no idea why. It makes no sense at all. It's impossible to figure out which order these books are supposed to be read in as well. You look on some sites and this is book one yet others say book two and the actual content of this story gives you no clue whatsoever. For me it's all a bit too messy and I was "waiting" all the time as I was reading to encounter the guy from Under A Black Sky and I just didn't see him in THIS Daniel. Neither did any of the other characters match up. Too much thinking needed to be done and as I say, in the back of my mind all the time was the other book......not ideal. You had to wonder about these cops, too.....they find a reference to a pharmaceutical company, then another drawing of a symbol and cop-of-the-year thinks it might be religious !!! We hear about a party that was noisy and a bit out of hand.....yet 3 blokes were there and that was it !! A female cop mentions her boss's lack of faith in her but we'd seen nothing to illustrate this. I got to a part where the case being investigated suddenly referred to another case and informed us that the girl who'd been killed was questioned in relation to the second case. It sort of came out of nowhere and just confused it more for me and I gave up. The publishers need to label these books up properly and release them in the order they were written for it all to make sense, I would think. We lost a saying in translation....should be through the nose and not out the nose but that was it for any errors which was good work.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angus Mcfarlane

    This reminded me of the girl with the dragon tattoo series - something about Scandinavian climate creating a brooding darkness perhaps. There is much that is also fairly reminiscent of other procedurals and the cast of investigators are interesting and original, although there wasn't enough time spent with the main detective, Trokics, to generate a strong connection I felt. And while the plot unfolded nicely, leaving final twists to the end, I struggled to retain a clear picture of the suspects This reminded me of the girl with the dragon tattoo series - something about Scandinavian climate creating a brooding darkness perhaps. There is much that is also fairly reminiscent of other procedurals and the cast of investigators are interesting and original, although there wasn't enough time spent with the main detective, Trokics, to generate a strong connection I felt. And while the plot unfolded nicely, leaving final twists to the end, I struggled to retain a clear picture of the suspects and the technicalities of their professional world (pharmaceuticals/psychiatry). As always a comparison with Rankin is necessary for me. Like some of the early Rebus stories, I think this first Trokics book has a few bugs, but enough coherence to work and a base that will probably build into something stronger with time. Trokics seems to have some similarity to other detectives (rebus and Bosch) - single, cantankerous, moody and a complex past - which is a shame in a way. Makes me wonder if there's a place in this genre for a male lead (or female?) with a more 'regular' life (e.g. Stable marriage and family). The pharma plot was a different place than I've seen in Rankin's stories, but too rushed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    R.E. E. Derouin

    Dark September by Inger Wolf 9/24 /2019 Kindle This book is the author’s first story in the series of police detective Daniel Kroick, of the Danish city of Aarhus. It was an award winner as a first novel. We begin when the naked body of a single mother is discovered in a wooded area, a blossoming hemlock displayed on her body. A nearby search for weapon and clothing instead turns up a decomposed body of a missing scientist. Investigation reveals a connection to the two crimes. Kroick is an Dark September by Inger Wolf 9/24 /2019 Kindle This book is the author’s first story in the series of police detective Daniel Kroick, of the Danish city of Aarhus. It was an award winner as a first novel. We begin when the naked body of a single mother is discovered in a wooded area, a blossoming hemlock displayed on her body. A nearby search for weapon and clothing instead turns up a decomposed body of a missing scientist. Investigation reveals a connection to the two crimes. Kroick is an interesting character as are those around him. Lisa, an associate, played an important part and I found her at least as stimulating as her boss. The story moves steadily forward and is both logical and easy reading. There is detailed information on the pharmaceutical industry and pro and con opinions on the use of antidepressant drugs. Background information on the characters is sufficient to interest the reader in continuing the series. A sufficient number of suspects moves the story and keeps the reader guessing. I found the ending a little weak in that the killer had multiple opportunities to finish off Kroick, but stretched out the finale a tad too long. All in all, I enjoyed the book and recommend reading it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hester

    I don't want to be too harsh on Wolf and her writing because I think something got lost in the translation and it made the writing seem generic and bland. I'll give her the benefit of the doubt on this, I'm sure in its original language of Danish it has a whole different tone and feel about it, at least I hope so. (I think) this is the first in a series centering on main character Daniel Trokic and his colleagues in homicide. It's your typical mystery, nothing too amazing, it's okay but anticlim I don't want to be too harsh on Wolf and her writing because I think something got lost in the translation and it made the writing seem generic and bland. I'll give her the benefit of the doubt on this, I'm sure in its original language of Danish it has a whole different tone and feel about it, at least I hope so. (I think) this is the first in a series centering on main character Daniel Trokic and his colleagues in homicide. It's your typical mystery, nothing too amazing, it's okay but anticlimactic as far as I'm concerned. I must add that I positively cannot stand the bad guy speech, you know when they do the reveal of the hows and whys and whatever future plans they may have. These speeches don't add anything to the plot, they're just page fillers and super cheesy and the bad guys never get away after spilling the t. Think about all of those James Bond villains who just should have killed him instead of bragging about how clever and diabolic they are. And one more thing, please stop writing animals into the story just to have them killed, that just always makes me sad.

  30. 4 out of 5

    LuAnn Rodriquez

    DARK SEPTEMBER by Inger Wolf, an author from Denmark, is an intriguing story with enough surprises and a smooth flow that kept me reading until I finished the book. The author's primary characters are all likable, a group of police officers dealing with an initial murder that multiplies into others. The main character, Daniel Trokic, is a sympathetic and mysterious man, who left this reader wanting to better know and understand him. Since this book is part of a series involving this character, i DARK SEPTEMBER by Inger Wolf, an author from Denmark, is an intriguing story with enough surprises and a smooth flow that kept me reading until I finished the book. The author's primary characters are all likable, a group of police officers dealing with an initial murder that multiplies into others. The main character, Daniel Trokic, is a sympathetic and mysterious man, who left this reader wanting to better know and understand him. Since this book is part of a series involving this character, it's a great thing that more books are available! Some deep thoughts concerning antidepressants and their place in this world we inhabit arise from this book's subject matter. The settings in Denmark are interesting, and helped me to feel a little more exposed to the world at large, something I usually enjoy. Reading this book is well-worth the time and energy required, and I highly recommend it!

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