LONG-LISTED FOR INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2014

LONG-LISTED FOR THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE 2013

 

"The Murder of Halland ... is cooler and more calculated than any old Killing, and wrong-foots till it reveals the real mystery." Ali Smith in The Sunday Telegraph

 

"The Murder of Halland resist the idea that things add up - and questions whether thoughts are accessible to the person who has had them, let alone anyone else ... Bess sticks in the mind as a brilliantly drawn character." Christina Petrie, TLS

 

"There is more than a touch of Sarah Lund about Bess. She is attractive but abrupt to the point of rudeness." Front Row, BBC Radio 4

 

"Anything but a standard crime novel. The mystery at its heart is the mystery we are to each other; it is written in succinct, sometimes surreal prose." The Economist

 

"The novel leaves you with a lingering sense of strangeness." Independent on Sunday

 

"A disturbing and painful account of a woman whose world has been knocked off its axis." Guardian

 

"A masterclass in literary sleight of hand. Juul reaches far beyond our expectations by asking not ‘whodunit ,’ but do we need to know who did it. Which is more important, she demands, cause or effect?" Lancashire Evening Post

 

"steeped in a penetrating atmosphere which has an eerie way of swallowing one whole, making you forget the world outside of it." Avrupagazete
 

 

“Just as Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose made crime fiction appear intellectual, so Pia Juul’s The Murder of Halland dismantles the rules of an entire genre.” Dagens Nyheter

 

"Pia Juul is a dazzling writer with natural, biting dialogue. And the descriptions of the sun's play on the fiord are so beautiful that they could have been lifted from Albert Camus' The Stranger." Extra Bladet

 

“This is good literature. Beautifully written. A rare and glittering stone on the beach.“ Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norway