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The Hermit

by Thomas Rydahl

The Hermit
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    Nov 2016, 480 pages

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How can one old man, cut off from the modern world, solve a murder whose dangerous web of deceit stretches far beyond the small island?

If you can be comfortable with Scandinavian noir played out against the sun-drenched backdrop of balmy Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, you're in for a treat. Rydahl's debut is just that, complete with a complicated, anguished sexagenarian Danish transplant named Erhard Jørgensen, plus a seemingly unsolvable mystery, and a couple of goats named Laurel and Hardy. The goats eat the clean laundry off Erhard's clothesline and he eats canned food straight from the can. They share a pleasant, isolated co-existence at arm's length from neighbors. Erhard left Denmark, his wife and two daughters in 1997 for reasons he keeps to himself. Now it's New Year's Eve, eighteen years later, and the island cab driver/sometimes piano tuner is lamenting his advancing years. About to knock on the door of a woman he hopes to spend time with, he catches a glimpse of himself in the nameplate.

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