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The Exception

Christian Jungersen

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A pyschological thriller in which four women are stalked - possibly by a war criminal or someone closer to home

Four women work at the Danish Centre for Genocide Studies. When two of them start receiving death threats, they suspect they are being stalked by Mirko Zigic, a Bosnian torturer and war criminal. But perhaps he is not the person behind the threats - it could be someone in their very midst.

Much of the drama created revolves not only around the scary sense of a killer prowling in the shadows but also around the manipulative games being played between the women in the office as they come under pressure and turn on each other. The irony is that these betrayals and persecutions are taking place amongst professionals who daily analyse cases of appalling cruelty. Now and again, the narrative is broken with extracts from 'articles' dealing with crimes against humanity and the psychology of evil. Whilst the women apply this to their work with genocide (and the killer), there are parallels to their own behaviour.

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Praise for The Exception

  • From the quiet, understated early chapters the story develops into a tense struggle for survival...it is a powerful yet disquieting study of the psychology of evil, and a tense thriller. - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (13.8.06) - Susanna Yager

  • its examination of jealousy and insecurity is admirably cynical and sharp - Telegraph - Robert Colville

  • A story of suspense, intrigue and fragile relationships...if you like your psychology, I'd highly recommend giving it a try. - IRISH NEWS (26.9.06)

  • [a] disturbing and strongly written novel. - GOOD BOOK GUIDE

  • It's a wincingly nasty, brilliant piece of work. - LITERARY REVIEW (August 2006) - Jessica Mann

  • It's a murder mystery full of mental and physical cruelty...It reminded me of the novels of Patricia Highsmith, and even more of Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin, which asked the same question - how innate is evil?...A horribly vivid and fiendishly clever novel. - THE INDEPENDENT (25.8.06) - Carole Angier

  • Plenty of books promise to change their readers' lives. Few succeed. Christian Jungersen's ''The Exception'' i

  • Wise and disturbing, Jungersen's grippingly intimate dissection of betrayal, paranoia and human atrocity heralds him as a brave and gifted observer of the psyche - and a masterful storyteller. But beware: after reading The Exception, you may never look at your colleagues in quite the same way again... - Liz Jensen

  • It's a taut book with a powerful hook...Terrific stuff. - OBSERVER (27.9.06) - Peter Guttridge

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Christian Jungersen

Christian Jungersen's first novel, Krat, won the Danish Best First Novel of the Year Award. The Exception is his second novel and has been a huge bestseller in Denmark with rights now sold in 11 countries. He lives in Dublin.