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The Dinosaur Feather

The Dinosaur Feather - Sissel-Jo Gazan

bookshelves: danish-root, one-penny-wonder, mystery-thriller, winter-20122013, tbr-busting-2013, paper-read, under-500-ratings, next

Read from August 04, 2012 to February 24, 2013
From the description: Biology graduate Anna Bella Nor is just two weeks away from defending her thesis on the origin of birds when her supervisor Lars Helland is found dead in his office, his severed tongue lying on his bloodied shirtfront, a copy of her thesis in his lap. Police Superintendent Soren Marhauge is assigned to unravel what appears to be a multitude of intrigues in the Biology Department of Copenhagen University. Helland had been deliberately infected with a rare parasite that only an expert in the field would have access to. But when Anna Bella's fellow graduate and close friend is also killed, the murders seem to be linked not only to the university but also to Anna herself. As Marhauge investigates he comes up against the vicious competition for academic success, dark secrets from the past - all against the fabulous backdrop of palaeontology's age-old mysteries. Suspenseful, compelling, richly detailed and stunningly researched, The Dinosaur Feather unveils a sparkling mosaic of related destinies as well as a sinister web of lies.

Translated from the Danish by Charlotte Barslund.

Opening: Solnhofen, Southern Germany, 5 April 1877

Anna Bella Nor was dreaming she had unearthed Archaeopteryx, the earliest and most primitive bird known. The excavation was in its sixth week, a fine layer of soil had long since embedded itself into everone's faces and the mood had hit rock bottom.

Front cover quotes:

"Danish Crime Novel Of The Decade."

"If you enjoyed The Killing you'll love this.

Let's see...

on and on and on it went but I forced myself through all the 536 pages (400 pages too many). Can't say I'd pick up this author again.

#47 TBR Busting 2013