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The Quiet Girl


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The long awaited new novel from the author of Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow.

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Born in 1957, Peter H eg published his first novel in 1988, having followed various callings - dancer, actor, fencer, sailor, mountaineer - before turning seriously to writing. With his second novel, Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, he has become an internationally acclaimed writer.


Hieg built his bestselling mystery, Smilla's Sense of Snow, around the science of ice. In this labyrinthine, intellectual thriller, Hieg focuses on the nature of sound, and in particular the music of Bach. In a near future where an earthquake and resulting flood have submerged a portion of the city of Copenhagen, Kasper Krone, a world-famous clown and passionate Bach fan, is about to be deported for not paying his taxes. But an official in a secret government agency known as Department H offers to make the charges disappear if Krone will help them locate a young girl, KlaraMaria, who was once his student and shares his peculiar psychic abilities. The blend of science, erudition and slow revelations could only have been written by Hieg, and will appeal to his many fans and other readers with a taste for the literary offbeat. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

In his fifth novel, Hieg (Smilla's Sense of Snow) has crafted an intellectual thriller combining such unlikely elements as an intimate knowledge of Bach's music, the geology of earthquakes, the Russian Orthodox Church in Denmark, and the impeccable timing of great circus clowns. His protagonist, Konrad Krone, is a world-famous clown with world-class gambling debts. Hired by an order of Orthodox nuns to protect a group of unusually gifted children in exchange for debt immunity, Krone uses his unique sense of hearing to track down the sinister businessman who has kidnapped two of the children. The plot has as many twists as an acrobat's performance. Krone discovers that not only does he have a special link to one of the missing children but also that his lost love may be part of this complex conspiracy. This work has many of Hieg's hallmarks-prescient children, a complex and discontinuous narrative, and a central figure still mourning the loss of a parent. As the novel reaches its satisfying denouement, readers will appreciate that a master has not lost his sense of timing. Strongly recommended for all fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/07.]-Andrea Kempf, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib. Overland Park, KS Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Superb new novel...At once intricate and explosive, The Quiet Girl is elegantly written and furiously plotted, resonant (though not acoustically) of Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy and also David Mamet's elaborately staged deceptions * Independent on Sunday *
In Hoeg's hallucinatory prose, Copenhagen has a sinister near-future feel... there are also passages of lyrical beauty * Financial Times *
Striking and deeply felt... confirms that Hoeg is a writer determined to make new footprints in the snow -- Mark Lawson * Guardian *
He writes entertainingly, at times lyrically, at times scathingly * Scotland on Sunday *
The Quiet Girl has Hoeg's best-selling hallmarks - including an off-kilter hero in the shape of Kasper Krone, a world-famous clown with a penchant for poker and mysticism * Daily Mail *

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