By Troy Patterson
November 02, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Quiet Girl

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Like Peter Høeg’s best-selling suspense novel Smilla’s Sense of Snow, his philosophically minded and moderately bizarre thriller The Quiet Girl follows an amateur investigator uncovering something rotten in Denmark. Though its hero, Kasper Krone, earns a tidy living as a superstar circus clown, he’s got a sideline as a mystical musical therapist who accesses ”people’s acoustic essence.” When a new client — a nine-year-old girl tuned to an uncommon frequency — appears to be a victim of kidnapping, he takes a special interest in her case. What follows is a convoluted 400-page chase scene dotted with thoughts on Bach and Kierkegaard, a story so loopy that its most plausible feature concerns a convent of scheming nuns. C

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