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The Blue Place (1998)

av Nicola Griffith

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Serier: Aud Torvingen (1)

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A police lieutenant with the elite "Red Dogs" until she retired at twenty-nine , Aud Torvigen is a rangy six-footer with eyes the color of cement and a tendency to hurt people who get in her way. Born in Norway into the failed marriage between a Scandinavian diplomat and an American businessman, she now makes Atlanta her home, luxuriating in the lush heat and brashness of the New South. She glides easily between the world of silken elegance and that of sleaze and sudden savagery, equally at home in both; functional, deadly, and temporarily quiescent, like a folded razor. On a humid April evening between storms, out walking just to stay sharp, she turns a corner and collides with a running woman, Catching the scent of clean, rain-soaked hair, Aud nods and silently tells the stranger Today, you are lucky, and moves on--when behind her house explodes, incinerating its sole occupant, a renowned art historian. When Aud turns back, the woman is gone.… (mer)
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    Runner av Thomas Perry (tangentialine)
    tangentialine: same type of kick-ass protagonist, unaccountably straight. don't know if this is the best jane whitefield, but her series is pretty consistently good.
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When you read that a series of books are “brilliant and heartbreaking and made of awesome sauce and everybody should read them but go into them blind or you won’t get their full impact” (MartinWisse on Metafilter) well then you simply have to give the first book a try, don’t you?

Well, I did and I have to agree with MartinWisse after just reading the first book in the series. In The Blue Place we are introduced to Aud Torvingen, an ex-police officer, the daughter of a Norwegian diplomat and an American father. Someone who grew up in England but is so very Norwegian. A woman who knows danger and violence and who always plays to win.

I just loved this book. Aud is such a great character. I’ve skimmed through a few reviews on Goodreads1 and I just can’t get over how many people dismissing this as a “lesbian romance”, I mean, yes Aud is a lesbian. And there is romance, so both of those words are accurate and true. But would you usually describe James Bond as a straight romantic hero? I mean, he always gets the girl, doesn’t he? And that aspect is usually quite important in the story. But we never do, do we? Straight male authors who pursue a romantic storyline never get dismissed as just a romance. So why do so many people seem to do that when it is a female lead?

I will allow that this is more of a character study than a plot driven thriller or mystery. But I am perfectly fine with that. More character than plot is a plus for me. Your reading may vary.

I loved it and will be reading the sequel soon. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
This book has been sitting on my to-read shelf for 3 years. I finally read it, and what a disappointment. I predicted the major plot point, and then waited for a very long time for it to play out. The book was mostly too slow, then too metaphorical when it got suspenseful to the point where I didn't know if something major was actually happening. The romance was contrived. Why are lesbian romances always scripted like "we bumped into each other, didn't get along at first, then fell in love"??? Very un-relatable. ( )
  lemontwist | Jul 9, 2020 |
My favorite bookseller, JB, pushed this book into my hands and said 'trust me'. Some books you can easily categorize or 'sell' with a sentence or two but this one is not one of those. It is truly a 'trust me'. Aud Torvingen is a former policewoman who is independently wealthy. She is a native of England who is Norwegian and lives in Atlanta. One night while strolling she literally runs into a young woman just as the house she's passing by blows up. But the mystery part of this book is not as interesting as the characters who are really fascinating. I've just never read anything quite like it. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
I only got about a quarter into this. I was not enjoying it, finding it a real slog, and I eventually figured out why: I think the main character would have looked down her nose at me. Seriously, it's kinda ridiculous, but I was thinking that she would have been disgusted to know I was reading about her. She had such an air of superiority. I'm sure there's some backstory, some bad event in her past that made so her so distant and harsh, but, you know, at no point did I ever care to find out. Also, the tone of the novel too was stylized in an odd way: to be frank, it read like a novelization of a lesbian version of a mid-'90s late night Cinemax "erotic thriller." Perhaps in translation, too.

And, a personal note for others like me: there are a lot of brand-name products called out in this book. Some people like this because it adds realism; personally, I find it distracting. The author's best efforts couldn't sell enough Saabs to keep them here, sadly. ( )
  laerm | Aug 8, 2019 |
I was really really sorry that I had accidentally read the sequel to this book (Stay) first! Knowing that a certain character is going to die took a significant something out of the experience... Still, this is an absorbing, exciting, and emotionally wrenching book...

Aud Torvingen, an ex-cop, is currently working as a self-defense instructor and bodyguard. Her current client is seemingly a cinch - a diplomat's daughter who needs 'more of a babysitter than a bodyguard.'

But when Aud, by chance, comes across a scene of arson, and collides with a woman who's mysteriously running toward the burning house, she feels compelled to investigate... and finds herself drawn into a dangerous and treacherous web of crime spanning art fraud, money laundering, drug cartels and more...

Unexpectedly, she also finds herself falling in love... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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The Blue Place
The Blue Place was published in 1999. I could have sworn I read it much longer ago than that, but maybe I’m thinking of her first two novels, Ammonite and Slow River. Those are both science fiction (because strong women just aren’t believable in the real world, don’tcha know) and they are excellent, but it was The Blue Place that thoroughly thrashed me. Hard to explain what I mean by that.
Nicola’s hero — the word ‘heroine’ doesn’t do her justice — is the most amazing person I’ve ever run across in a book. Aud Torvingen is utterly unique. Smart, powerful, violent — just the kind of feminist hero that terrifies people.
This first Aud book is sometimes described as a thriller — Norwegian noir someone called it — but it is much more than that. It is a meditation on our plight, stranded as we are in this strange universe where to be different is always fraught with something or other. And where to be different gives access to ways of being that more conventional folks will never discover. I suppose they should be grateful for that.
 
The writing in The Blue Place is clear and descriptive without overdoing the latter, which makes it easy to picture both the more pleasant parts (nature, sex, women, food) and the perhaps not so suitable for the squeamish parts (somewhat vivid descriptions of violence).

The pace felt appropriate, with a good mix of suspense throughout the main plot. Hints towards a deepening connection between Aud and Julia reach a smoothly incorporated climax (even literally). Despite the main plot and although it might be a little predictable, the romance doesn't come across as conveniently forced in alongside everything else.

If you're looking for lesbian main characters in a story where their being lesbian isn't made the focus and isn't tacked on as a token "and she likes women/is going to discover being attracted to women" either, this does the job.

 

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Nicola Griffithprimär författarealla utgåvorberäknat
Francis, TimFotografmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Halperin, AmyOmslagsformgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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A police lieutenant with the elite "Red Dogs" until she retired at twenty-nine , Aud Torvigen is a rangy six-footer with eyes the color of cement and a tendency to hurt people who get in her way. Born in Norway into the failed marriage between a Scandinavian diplomat and an American businessman, she now makes Atlanta her home, luxuriating in the lush heat and brashness of the New South. She glides easily between the world of silken elegance and that of sleaze and sudden savagery, equally at home in both; functional, deadly, and temporarily quiescent, like a folded razor. On a humid April evening between storms, out walking just to stay sharp, she turns a corner and collides with a running woman, Catching the scent of clean, rain-soaked hair, Aud nods and silently tells the stranger Today, you are lucky, and moves on--when behind her house explodes, incinerating its sole occupant, a renowned art historian. When Aud turns back, the woman is gone.

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