JAKOB KNUDSEN (b.1969) is a lecturer at University College Jutland, where he has educated teachers since 1998
Pigerne i Strandhøjen
Louise Langhoff Koch
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Jakob Knudsen: Pigerne i Strandhøjen
When two mummified female bodies are discovered in a sand hill on the
island of Læsø, the locals sense a find of historical interest. But it’s not to
be. Experts maintain that the bodies - of two very young girls - are about 30
years old. As no one knows who they are, thoughts turn to the possibility of
Detective Inspector Swane is called in to take a discreet look at the case; he’s
only just arrived on the island when a new death attracts his attention. Helga
– the island’s self-proclaimed witch – has been found hanged in her home. It
appears to be an act of suicide, but there are various aspects of the death that
simply don’t add up.
It soon transpires that Helga has had a particular interest in the area
surrounding the sand hill, and that she has succeeded in exerting extreme
pressure on a multinational company that wants to drill there for underground
Swane’s investigation leads him to a motley ring associated with the sand
hill owner. They are all either eccentric or have strong self-interests, and all
appear to have had a connection with Helga. But who has been a friend and
who a foe? And why was Helga so interested in the sand hill?
Jakob Knudsen’s thrillers, with their male protagonist and well-constructed
plots based on current events, are directed at men and women alike.
Knudsen has published four novels, all centred on the same main character:
Detective Inspector Kristian Swane. HOPEFUL HEART, WHEN ANGELS
CRY BLOOD, THE REST IS SILENCE and HOMELESS (HÅBEFULDE
HJERTE, NÅR ENGLE GRÆDER BLOD, RESTEN ER TAVSHED, HJEMLØS).
They are traditional detective novels with strong plots based on topical issues.