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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd; Reprint edition (17 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908737492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908737496
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Urban rather than natural settings are the stamping grounds of Jørn Lier Horst, whose Dregs (his first book to be published in English) is immensely impressive The writers career as a police chief has supplied a key ingredient for the crime fiction form: credibility. --Barry Forshaw, author of Nordic Noir

'Jørn Lier Horst demonstrates in Closed for Winter that he belongs to the premier division of Norwegian crime fiction.' --The Norwegian Book Club

Top class crime writing. --Sindre Hovdenakk, Verdens Gang

'Such a wonderful title! Can you not immediately sense that wistful end-of-season atmosphere, the unfamiliar chill in the air, the damp and the mist rolling in from the sea, the evenings drawing in? Autumnal daylight and earth-scented evenings. Very northern hemisphere, very evocative... It would make wonderful telly and perhaps it will.' --Bookoxygen

'This highly atmospheric novel sees Chief Inspector Wisting investigate an off-season burglary and a disturbing case of murder on the Norwegian coast of Vestfold. As ever, author Jørn Lier Horsts police background lends the novel a striking authenticity, with readers treated to the outstanding plotting and characterisation that typify this quality series. --The Petrona Prize judging panel

'Painstaking and swift, Closed for Winter is a piece of quality craftsmanship, with Horst meticulously bringing together an unexpectedly windy plot, highly intelligent characterizations and a delectably subtle noir mood to create a very engrossing crime novel.' --Edinburgh Book Review

Classic police procedural from an author who knows what he is doing ... I recommend that every fan of crime novels should dedicate some time to Jørn Lier Horst s writing. Make a pleasurable start with Closed for Winter. --Torbjørn Ekelund, Dagbladet

'Up there with the best of the Nordic crime writers.' --Marcel, The Times

Classic police procedural from an author who knows what he is doing ... I recommend that every fan of crime novels should dedicate some time to Jørn Lier Horst s writing. Make a pleasurable start with Closed for Winter. --Torbjørn Ekelund, Dagbladet

About the Author

Jorn Lier Horst was born in 1970, in Bamble, Telemark, Norway. He has worked as a policeman in Larvik since 1995. His debut novel in 2004, Key Witness, was based on a true murder story. The William Wisting novel series Key Witness (2004), Goodbye, Felicia (2005), When the Sea Calms (2006), The Only One (2007), and The Night Man (2009) has been extremely successful in his native Norway as well as Germany and the Netherlands. Dregs, published by Sandstone Press in 2011 was his first novel to be translated into English.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Deep Reader VINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2013
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The adventures of Jorn Lier Horst's brilliant creation, William Wisting, continue with this tense thriller. This time a violent killing occurs on the coast where many people have their holiday cottages, often renting them out. It's a horrifying crime so Wisting is understandably worried when his daughter, Line, goes through some personal upset and feels the need to escape to their own family's cottage. There are more killings on the way (as any crime fan might guess) and Line is going to be drawn in. Wisting's investigations take him into the neighbouring, post Soviet, Baltic countries where he finds himself ever more sympathetic to the plight of so many people drawn into crime. Meanwhile there is a parallel mystery going on. Why are birds dropping from the sky in the area of the killings? Jorn Lier Horst has obviously done his background work and travelled to the places he describes as his new book's air of authenticity (a Horst trademark) is profound. This novel won the Norwegian Booksellers Prize and readers will be in no doubt why. Closed for Winter is a tense, convincing, page turner of a thriller that confirms Jorn Lier Horst's place in the top rank of Scandinavian crime writers. Dregs The Woman Who Walked into the Sea (Sea Detective) The Famous and the Dead
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Moira A. Forsyth on 24 Oct. 2013
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This second translation of the William Wisting series follows the successful `Dregs' and is even better in my view. Birds are behaving mysteriously near the coast, flying into windows and cars, it seems deliberately. To solve the mystery Wisting travels into post-Communist Lithuania and his discovery of the people's plight there is powerfully depicted. Horst's imagined world is populated by convincingly real people: Wisting's tense relationship with his journalist daughter is completely recognisable, and continues to develop in this book . The characters in the crime fighting team are individual and recognisable, some likeable, some not so. This is a gripping story with a great denouement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob Kitchin on 10 May 2014
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Closed For Winter is a very nicely written social realist police procedural, with none of the amateur dramatics and melodrama that pervade some books in the sub-genre. Given it’s written by a practicing police officer, this is perhaps no surprise. Horst drops the reader into the investigation, revealing the logic of how clues are pursued, collaboration takes place, and the case unfolds. Moreover, he situates the story within in wider themes of EU enlargement, immigration, social inequalities, and organised crime. The result is a convincing and credible story that charts the unfolding of an investigation into a case that turns out to be much more complex than first meets the eye. Horst does weave in the personal life of Wisting and his journalist daughter, Line, but more as context rather than as a dominant theme - the effect is the case remains the key focus rather than the investigator. That said, the characterisation is nicely observed, and Wisting is certainly a detective a reader could spend time with. Overall, a well written and engaging police procedural and I’ll certainly be reading other books in the series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2013
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Jørn Lier Horst, is a Norwegian author of crime fiction and a former Senior Investigating Officer at Vestfold Police district. He tends to look into the psychology of working with crime, so that we can see a slice of how good police detectives think and act.

This is the second book translated into English, and the second I have read. The first book 'Dregs' was an exceptional thriller, and this book, 'Closed For Winter' is even better. I find some similarities in the writing style of Jorn Lier Horst to Henning Mankell, one of my favorite Scandinavian mystery writers.

Police Inspector William Wisting has returned to his job after taking a leave to get his mind back on track. His beloved wife had died, his son was in Afghanistan, and his last case was so emotionally exhausting and involved his daughter, Line, in a transitional way. Line is a journalist living in Oslo, and, at times, the lives of father and daughter don't jive.

Wisting is called late at night in the middle of winter to a murder scene at a summer cottage. It appears that a burglary has gone wrong. There are more cottages and more burglaries, that seem to set the stage for a group of thugs from Lithuania, who need and want money. At the same time, it appears a big multi-national drug operation is under way. And, to top off the complications, his daughter, Line has moved into a near by cottage. Burglaries and more murders follow, and this is a fascinating look into the increased crimes between the Scandinavian countries and their Baltic counterparts.

Police Inspector Wisting is one of those men who loves his profession, but also wants a private life. He is not a loner, and wants to enjoy the company of others. He is also a polished professional, experienced and knows his job. His intuition serves him well, and, he is always looking at the clues and wonders what is missing. An exceptional murder mystery.

Recommended. prisrob 11-14-13
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By johnverp on 4 Jan. 2015
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For me, this probably compares somewhat with JLH's DREGS, in not being as good as THE HUNTING DOGS.

Still, this is a good police procedural, if occasionally slightly slow. It is well-written and the plot is well-structured to keep the reader invested throughout. And with a good twist or two.

I didn't like the coincidence - again - of having the protagonists' stories align in the way they do (he being the policeman lead and she being his crime reporter daughter). I also did wonder why she would take a break alone in a seaside cottage so close to where the subject murders are occurring.

This is not a brilliant novel, but there is a good story, characters to align with and enough otherwise in the mix for the reader to be engaged rather than bored or frustrated. Put differently, I'm going for more in the series.
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