The Department of Sensitive Crimes

The Department of Sensitive Crimes

A Detective Varg Novel

eBook - 2019
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"The detectives who work in Malmo Police's Department of Sensitive Crimes take their job very seriously. The lead detective, Ulf Varg, prioritizes his cases above even his dog's mental health. Then there are detectives Anna Bengsdotter, who keeps her relationship with Varg professional even as she realizes she's developing feelings for him . . . or at least for his car, and Carl Holgersson, first to arrive in the morning and last to leave, who would never read his colleagues' personal correspondence--unless it could help solve a crime, of course. Finally, there's Erik Nykvist, who peppers conversations with anecdotes about fly fishing. Along with an opinionated local police officer named Blomquist, the Department of Sensitive Crimes takes on three extremely strange cases. First, the detectives investigate how and why a local business owner was stabbed . . . in the back of the knee. Next, a young woman's imaginary boyfriend goes missing. And, in the final investigation, Varg must determine whether nocturnal visitations at a local spa have a supernatural element. Using his renowned wit and warmth, Alexander McCall Smith brings a unique perspective on Scandinavian crime. Equal parts hilarious and heartening, The Department of Sensitive Crimes is a tour de farce from a literary master"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2019
ISBN: 9781524748227
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Cloud Library


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May 16, 2019

McCall Smith has done it again - "Scandi Blanc," one commentator aptly calls it. In place of the generic tortured psychology of the Nordic detective, and the deeply twisted criminal minds, Ulf Varg ("wolf wolf," in translation) is a kinder, gentler detective, and the pacing of the thriller is more tea break and light romantic comedy, replete with the kind of deeply human and lovable conversational meanders that drew fans into the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Sensitive Crimes are assaults, missing persons, alleged murders, but approached with sensitivity! "These are their stories..."

May 08, 2019

I normally love all the characters in Alexander McCall Smith's novels / mysteries, but I did not quite bond with this new figure. Will try another. Kristi & Abby Tabby


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