The Hermit

The Hermit

WINNER OF THE GLASS KEY AWARD – previous winners include Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Karin Fossum, Stieg Larsson and Arnaldur Indridason

WINNER OF THE DANISH DEBUTANT AWARD

WINNER OF THE HARALD MOGENSEN PRIZE

A car is found on a deserted beach on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura. On the back seat lies a cardboard box containing the body of a small boy buried in newspaper cuttings. No one knows his name, and there is no trace of a driver. The last thing an ailing tourist resort needs is a murder, and the police are desperate to close the case.

The island is rife with rumours about the reclusive Erhard. Two decades of self-imposed exile from his wife and children have left him alienated and alone, whiling away his days in a drunken haze, driving an old taxi to get by. This unlikeliest of detectives determines to solve the crime himself – and he has nothing to lose. But 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? And what if the killer forces Erhard to confront his own long-buried past?

Title:The Hermit
Edition Language:English
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    The Hermit Reviews

  • Matt

    Continuing my tour of mysteries the world over through the eyes of authors new to me, I came across Thomas Rydahl. Winner of a few Danish literary awards, I thought it worth a look, if only to compare...

  • Isabel

    I couldn't finish it. So strange! At first it seemed interesting but then became boring...

  • Jay Green

    DNF. Lots of detail to very little purpose and rather monotonous, but most frustratingly of all without any obvious connection to Fuerteventura, where I live for nearly half the year. If you're going ...

  • Rosemary

    This book is translated from Danish. The Hermit is a mystery and at times a thriller. But sometimes, it meanders. These are nice breaks. It isn't slow or dragging, but more of a shift to describe the ...

  • Anni

    Nordic noir in a warm climate? Living in self-exile on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, loner Erhard is an eccentric Danish taxi driver turned amateur sleuth, trying to solve a case the local polic...

  • Voluntarystress

    A hardback copy of this debut novel by Thomas Rydahl, translated from the Danish , sent by Realreaders in exchange for an honest revue. As this book opened I wondered what I was getting into. It wasn...

  • Calzean

    There is a hypnotic rhythm in this book that is slow to gather pace, is full of detail and has been translated well. The ending probably let the book down as was the near 70 year old's ability to with...

  • Richard Clarey

    Not one for me. The story dragged, had no connection with the main character for in this or any of the people around him. They seemed fanciful. At times the surroundings had more colour and descriptio...

  • Ned Frederick

    Looking, as I was, for a different voice to listen to, I was, at first, pleased to stumble upon Thomas Rydhal's The Hermit. Here was an old guy of a certain age, an age I could identify with, self-exi...

  • Angie Rhodes

    Taxi driver , Erhard has lived on Fuerteventura, for a long time, and is happy going about his business in his own merry little way, picking people up and dropping them off, having a drink with his fr...