Day of Wrath

Aust, Kurt: Vredens dag

Thomas took the torch and went down on his knees next to the man. He searched for the man’s pulse and lifted one of his eyelids, but this was really just for show, he later explained to me. You didn’t have to be a doctor to ascertain the fact that this count was, indeed, a dead count.

In this novel, set in the last century, Kurt Aust weaves an intriguing crime story against a background of history and politics. During a blizzard, Petter Hortten and Professor Thomas of Bouberge seek shelter at an Inn. When a fellow guest is found dead, the professor, realizing that the man has been murdered, sets about finding the killer. Only nine people are staying at the Inn, and because of the storm, no one is able to leave, and the murderer has to be among them. Besides being a suspenseful novel, Vredens Dag gives a realistic description of the beliefs, superstitions, mathematics, law and inventions of the 17th century.

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Praise for Day of Wrath:

"... an exceptionally promising first novel reminiscent of both Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot stories"
(Aftenposten)

"...a believable and different historical novel about a crime. Very convincing and fascinating... Impressive, nothing less"
(Dagbladet)

“We are talking about a magnificent chronicle by an author with an impressive insight into philosophy and history. On top of that comes his talent for building suspense on a high level”
(Femina, Denmark)

“Aust tells his story so enticingly that you simply do not move from your chair until the last enigma, only 400 pages away, is finally solved”
(Berlingske Tidende, Denmark)

“As literary mosaic – à la Vilhelm Bergsøe’s Fra Piazza del Popolo or Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose – this novel works fantastically well. Big time entertainment, one shudder after the other”
(Weekend Avisen, Denmark)

First published: 1999 by Aschehoug

Kurt Aust: Biography and bibliography

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Bulgarian Perseus
Czech Mladá Fronta
Danish Hovedland
Dutch Fontein
German Kiepenheuer
Greek Livani
Russian Corpus

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