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Clinch by Martin Holmén


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Clinch by Martin Holmén
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Jun 07, 2016 | ISBN 9781782271925

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“Periodically I must close the book and remind myself that Clinch‘s fantastically atmospheric setting depicts the real, heartbreaking suffering of the Great Depression, that the action scenes I’m eating up are actually grisly crimes perpetrated by cold-blooded criminals. That Holmén manages to sneak his story past my keen moral-outrage sensors is a testament to a fine writing talent. Harry Kvist is in many ways a monster — Rocky Balboa he ain’t. But with all that he has to go through to clear himself of the one awful crime he doesn’t commit, he has at least one squeamish, peace-loving reader with him to the last page, cheering with every punch he lands.” – Brett Marie, Bookanista

“Holmén has Raymond Chandler’s rare ability to evoke a character in a few deft strokes.” — Mail on Sunday EVENT

“This is noir writing as its best” — The Bookbinder’s Daughter

“If Chandler and Hammett had truly walked on the wild side, it would read like CLINCH.” – Val McDermid

 ”The author doesn’t pull any punches … a very promising, atmospheric debut that moves at a good clip… [Kvist] is mesmerising.” — Mystery People (blog)

CLINCH is a dark, atmospheric, powerful thriller, the best debut novel I’ve read in years.” - Lynda La Plante

Quotes from Sweden:

   • ”Enormously readable …the hero, he defies description … a former boxer working as a debt collector, beating people up … yet appears both sympathetic and moral” – Leif GW Persson, TV4

   • ”Simply put, a great read.” – Leif GW Persson, Expressen

   • ”A debut that rings of Chandler… Holmén has created a unique, in equal measures idiosyncratic as it is remarkable, debut crime novel.” – Borås Tidning

   • ”The 1930s … a mirror of our times.” Vi Läser

   • “Brutally entertaining.” M-Magasin 

   • ”Gritty, stylish Scandinavian noir from one of Sweden’s hottest emerging authors. … uniquely Swedish details that give texture and depth to the more familiar noir conventions. … It is absorbing in both plot and atmosphere and I look forward to the next installment.” BOOK RATING: The Story 4 / 5, The Writing 4 / 5 –

   • ”The book paints a historical image of how people lived in the 1930s, and features vivid depictions of the setting and milieu.” – Bokslukarinnans Bokblogg

   • ”Scandinavian Crime meets Film Noir, the crime novel of the year is set in Stockholm in the 1930s. A guaranteed must-read novel! ” – Alexander Bard, Facebook

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