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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd (12 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905207670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905207671
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well founded and filled with suspense Yes indeed, Jørn Lier Horst has once more written a well-founded and tense crime novel, with space for both the expected and the downright surprising. 'At his best, the author is both a sociologist and a philosopher.' --Terje Stemland, AftenPosten<br \><br \>Many have known it for a long time, but now it ought to be acknowledged as a truth for all Norwegian readers of crime fiction: William Wisting is one of the great investigators in Norwegian crime novels. He can bear comparison with Thygesen, Sejer and Isaksen (in the best-selling novels of Jon Michelet, Karin Fossum and Unni Lindell). --Marius Aronsen, Norwegian Book Club<br \><br \>Once more the Larvik region is the arena for murder and dark deeds, and once again Wisting, now somewhat burned out, uninspired and overworked, confronts a seemingly insoluble criminal mystery. --Svend E. Hansen, Ostlands, Posten<br \><br \>Horst is an intelligent and often poetic writer. His storytelling is as measured and precise as his main character. So we hope to see more of William Wisting in the English language soon, and it would be great to see Dregs on Kindle as well. --Crime Fiction Lover<br \><br \>Once more the Larvik region is the arena for murder and dark deeds, and once again Wisting, now somewhat burned out, uninspired and overworked, confronts a seemingly insoluble criminal mystery. --Svend E. Hansen, Ostlands, Posten

It s a good thing for us English-speakers that Sandstone Press has put out these translations. --Sarah Ward, Crimepieces

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

About the Author

Jorn Lier Horst was born 27th February 1970, in Bamble, Telemark, Norway and has worked as a policeman in Larvik since 1995. His debut novel in 2004, Key Witness , the first William Wisting mystery, was based on true murder story. Dregs is the fifth novel in the series.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2011
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Dregs is a very enjoyable, classic police-procedural novel featuring Chief Inspector William Wisting who lives and works in Stavern, a town on the coast south of Oslo. As the novel opens we are plunged straight into the story of how a training shoe containing a foot is washed up on shore. This is the second such find in the space of a week. The police have already investigated all reported missing people in the area, and have identified the names of four people who have disappeared in the past year and not been found. Can they link any of the names to the feet?

As well as being frustrated by an increasingly puzzling case, Wisting, at 51, is feeling his age. As the novel opens he has just been to see his doctor for a check-up, but never gets the time (or the nerve) to find out the results. Wisting is the grandson of one of Amundsen's companions on his polar expedition; he's a widower, living on his own but has started a relatively new relationship with Suzanne, someone he met during a previous case. Wisting has a journalist daughter, Line. At the moment she is working on a long feature article about the effectiveness (or not) of prison sentences as a deterrent. To this end, she plans to interview half a dozen or so convicted criminals who have served their time. One of these is a man from the Stavern area who shot and killed a policeman 20 years ago - hence Line is staying with her father while she prepares for and undertakes the interview. Wisting remembers the case well, and rather dislikes his daughter's project, though wisely does not share this view with her.

Over time, some more feet are discovered as well as another missing person.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2013
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Dregs: the most useless part Of something.
On-line dictionary

When you hear the word, Dregs, you think of 'dregs of society . These are the scoundrels, the most inhumane of our criminals, who seem to be past rehabilitation. This novel sees their side from many angles.

From the beginning, Jorn lier Horst, the author, gives us the axim of the crime, two left shoes, with feet intact to the ankles, that turn up on the beach. William Wistling, is the Police Inspector of this Norwegian city. Five of the victims as it turns out were all part of a resistance group in WWII. They all had weapons, and it is their family's reluctance to expose these weapons that is most interesting. At the same time, Wistling's daughter, Line, a journalist, is researching the experience of criminals on their prison experience. Did this experience inhibit further crime? Wistling does not believe in coincidences, and they abound in this novel. I, too, believe coincidence gives us clues, and it was not too long before I realized who the murderer was. It took me until the end if the novel to find out why and how.

I particularly liked the character of Wistling, he is intelligent, kind and full of misery. He is a well rounded individual, but more of a loner. He often works on gut instinct, and he is most often correct. His superior is a publicity seeking man looking for his next promotion. Wistling suffers him with poise and 'rolling of the eyes'!

'Dregs' seems to be part of a series, and it seems that this is not the first book in the series, but the first one to be translated.I like this police procedural, it offers a different side of the law, and gives us more of a look into the humanity of the characters.

Recommended. prisrob 04-24-13
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Simon Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Aug. 2011
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Although 'Dregs' is the sixth novel featuring the Norwegian
Chief Inspector William Wisting,it is the first to be translated
into English.Whilst it is disappointing not to be able to start
at the beginning of the series,this is an enjoyable police
procedural novel,skillfully written by an author who is also
a serving policeman in Norway.
In the course of a week,four different severed left feet,each
in a training shoe,are found washed up on the sea shore.Wisting
is initially mystified ,but slowly as the investigation progresses,
a darker side to the town and its inhabitants is revealed.
'Dregs' is a novel of considerable breadth,not only is it well
plotted,but the author conveys a vivid sense of place,provides
full characters,and engages with social and philosophical issues,
such as the nature and purpose of punishment. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Davis on 26 July 2013
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I liked this this book - slow-paced and detailed. If you like watching Wallander on TV, this is along those lines. A mystery, and details, that all slowly reveal themselves as the story and the characters unravel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By johnverp on 6 Aug. 2014
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Another good book by an author I suspect will become a favorite of mine.

I think the beauty of the book is its plot development as JLH keeps us thinking about possible scenarios or explanations. In other words, he grabs readers from the outset and then has us pretty much invested in how things develop. That we have two likable protagonists also helps (the policeman and his daughter, who is a reporter). The fact that the cases they work on come to intersect probably stretches coincidences too far, but nothing is too outlandish.

I think the translation effort was fine in that it seemed to convey all messages well. That said, there were too many typos for my liking. The character names, at times, also intimidated, but I’m not sure I should have expected an easier ride when reading foreign material.

I like JLH’s writing style and the way he develops both his characters and plot. This is not outstanding crime fiction, but it is good and I'll be going back for more.
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