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The Fourth Man [Paperback]

K. O. Dahl , Don Bartlett
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7 Feb 2008

In the course of a routine police raid Detective Inspector Frank Frølich of the Oslo Police saves Elizabeth Faremo from getting inadvertently caught in crossfire. By the time he learns that she is the sister of Jonny Faremo, wanted member of a larceny gang, it is already too late, he is obsessed.

Suspected, suspended, and blindly in love, Frølich must find out if he is being used before his life unravels beyond repair.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571230938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571230938
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 11.2 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K. O. Dahl's hard-boiled psychological crime thriller set in Oslo, a tale of revenge and erotic obsession.

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Kjell Ola Dahl was born in Norway in 1958 and lives with his wife and children in Askim, near Oslo. His first novel Dødens more investeringer (Deadly Investments) was published in Norway in 1993. The Fourth Man marks his first publication in English.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good start, but then... 12 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Another day, another Scandinavian thriller. But this one is different.

Whether by accident or design, Dahl has come up with something relatively fresh here. The key detective, Frolich, is emeshed in the life of a potential criminal for about fifty pages, before the extent of the crime is even known. While this eventually trades its way down into the `off-duty cop still pursuing the case' routine, it's an interesting way into the storyline.

As the book develops, however, this fresh thinking breaks down, and things become more routine. There's a log cabin fire, an attempt to force the errant detective out of the force, some heavy drinking. It starts to fall into the detective stereotypes. There are so many crime thrillers that we really need authors to put some genuine imagination into their characters and storylines, rather than appearing fearful of ignoring unwritten rules about the genre.

In addition, I never felt entirely sure why this was set in Oslo, as opposed to any other northern European city. The setting never resonated or felt relevant, and so this ends up slipping away (after such a promising start) into another reasonable-but-dull Nordic thriller. Shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars K.O. Dahl - The Fourth Man 25 Aug 2008
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
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After a police operation goes wrong, Inspector Frank Frolich comes into contact with Elisabeth Faremo. A while after, they meet again, and embark upon a fevered, intense affair. However, their relationship becomes more complicated when Frolich learns that Elisabeth is the sister of a known local gang-member, Johnny Frolich. And, after Elisabeth disappears shortly after Johnny is implicated in a crime, Frolich is plunged into both an emotional tempest and a comlplex investigation which calls into question every assumption he'd made about their relationship. Were things as they seemed? Frolich is convinced they were, but how else to explain the things that have happened since, and the even more shattering things which will happen after?

I've no idea where this novel falls into the supposed Frolich/Gunnarstranda series (Since writing that I've found out it's the fifth!). Usually, there are clues, either in the book or somewhere on the internet, but unfortunately all the information I can find on K.O. (Kjell Ola) Dahl is in Norwegian. Wherever it comes in Dahl's canon (though it stands alone very well, suggesting it might be among the first, it also assumes a familiarity with the two lead characters which suggests it might be a much later entry), it doesn't really matter, as this stands very well by itself, and could plausibly be an excellent standalone novel if one didn't know better.

The Fourth Man is another example of a great Scandinavian translation, but it is also rather different from some of those we've seen before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars K.O. Dahl - The Fourth Man 1 Jan 2008
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
After a police operation goes wrong, Inspector Frank Frolich comes into contact with Elisabeth Faremo. A while after, they meet again, and embark upon a fevered, intense affair. However, their relationship becomes more complicated when Frolich learns that Elisabeth is the sister of a known local gang-member, Johnny Frolich. And, after Elisabeth disappears shortly after Johnny is implicated in a crime, Frolich is plunged into both an emotional tempest and a comlplex investigation which calls into question every assumption he'd made about their relationship. Were things as they seemed? Frolich is convinced they were, but how else to explain the things that have happened since, and the even more shattering things which will happen after?

I've no idea where this novel falls into the supposed Frolich/Gunnarstranda series (Since writing that I've found out it's the fifth!). Usually, there are clues, either in the book or somewhere on the internet, but unfortunately all the information I can find on K.O. (Kjell Ola) Dahl is in Norwegian. Wherever it comes in Dahl's canon (though it stands alone very well, suggesting it might be among the first, it also assumes a familiarity with the two lead characters which suggests it might be a much later entry), it doesn't really matter, as this stands very well by itself, and could plausibly be an excellent standalone novel if one didn't know better.

The Fourth Man is another example of a great Scandinavian translation, but it is also rather different from some of those we've seen before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Norwegian crime fiction... 17 Sep 2012
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It's a while since the initial pages of a novel held my attention quite so much; indeed, right up to page 27. Great. I couldn't avoid a comparison: Jo Nesbo's book The Redeemer is set, principally, in Oslo, like The Fourth Man; it's faster-paced and, yet, does not read like quite the same quality. Why? I do not know although it's interesting that Faber & Faber publish The Fourth Man and, like many must do, associate them with 'literary' fiction.

Chapter 25 (pp 197-198, yes, a two page chapter) is inspired. It concerns a goldfish... Trying to avoid reading other reviews before writing this, I could not help notice somebody else has suggested this novel 'tails off'. Yes, but it does not do so dramatically. This is Dahl's first publication in English and the translation is by Don Bartlett who I think has done a sterling job.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but a bit stereotypical 20 Mar 2008
By David W. Nicholas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One of the latest trends in mystery writing is the Scandinavian mystery series. We all remember (or some of us, who are old enough, do) the series by Maj Sjovall and Per Wahloo from back in the seventies, but since there have only been a couple of writers. Lately, though, it seems every second book in the mystery section comes from the frozen North. This current book, by Norwegian mystery writer K.O. Dahl, is apparently rather typical.

Dahl is a competent writer, though his plot is a bit far-fetched. His main character, Frank Frolich, becomes involved with a witness to a violent arrest in Oslo, and soon is having a torrid affair with her. But she acts very strangely, and after a while this becomes a problem. It soon develops that she's related to a gang of criminals who are robbing Norwegian businesses, and that she used to date one of the gang. Then she vanishes, and Frolich, now under some suspicion from his colleagues, must discover what happened and what her connection to the criminal gang is.

This is a reasonably good book. Foreign detective novels like this almost always, to me, have a dated feel to them, with the main character resembling Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade with a strange accent. In spite of that (or perhaps because of it) I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Obsession in Oslo 13 Oct 2008
By F. J. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A prefatory note to the UK paperback edition of this book informs the reader that Mr Dahl's first novel was published in 1993 but that it was not until this 2007 effort that his work was translated into English.It is set in Oslo ,the capital of Norway and its protagonist is a police officer Detective Frank Frolich ,who becomes obsessed with a woman he meets while operating a police surveillance .She is Elisabeth Faremo and they soon become bedfellows .What she neglects to tell him is that her brother ,Johnny Faremo is a career criminal with a prison record .When an armed robbery at a warehouse goes wrong and a part time security guard killed by one of the robbers an anonymous tipoff implicates Johnny Faremo and some of his known associates.Elisabeth alibis him however and questions are raised withinn the Police department about Frolich's wisdom in maintaining the relationship with the sister of a known felon.Soon she disappears and her brother is murdered .It also emerges that she is in another relationship -a gay affair with a university lecturerer ,reidun Vestli.
The -literally -key to the whole mystery is a safe deposit box key which holds the secret of a stolen Bellini painting and financial fraud involving a prominent businessman ,Narvesen .Before the case is brought to its bitter sweet conclusion Frolich must contend with two attempts on his life , a suicide and further deaths .

Frolich is a rather dull figure and altogether more interesting is his boss,the taciturn and wry Gunnarstranda The atmosphere of a windy ,wet and freezing Oslo is evocatively done and the seamy side of the city-its lap dancing clubs and seedier bars-is thoroughly trawled .Its an engrossing tale but a bit overplotted and the ending ,in which the plot stands are unwound comes across as old fashioned and plodding..However as a study in obsession and greed this is pretty well done even if somwhat cold and unemotional.

It is a good change of pace for those wanting a break from Anglophone crime writing
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Absurd Sexual Obsession Dooms This Book 28 Jan 2012
By Mayfayre - Published on Amazon.com
Due to all the hype lately about the Scandinavian mystery writers, I've been reading some of their books (no, I'm not talking about Stieg Larsson). This book, "The Fourth Man", is one that I would recommend skipping if you're on the same quest. It might ultimately be a good book, but you have to wade through so much chaff at the beginning that the trip does not seem worth the journey. I made it through the first few chapters before I said enough and put the book down.

Frank Froelich is apparently a detective for the Oslo police department; I'm not quite clear about that, since correct police procedure seems to take a back seat in this story. At the beginning of the book, in the middle of some sort of grocery shop sting operation (poorly written - the positioning and movement of the characters doesn't quite make sense), and our hero saves a mysterious woman who in the confusion of the shooting attempts to steal cigarettes. He's taken with her blue eyes, can't get her out of his mind, yet when he runs into her in a cafe he gets away from her ASAP because his instinct is telling him there's something hinky about this contact. But, she follows him via various public transports, to his neighborhood and home. Instead of this raising about six hundred warning flags in his brain, he lets her into his home and beds her. Then he sexually obsesses about her; she texts him and he comes running and they tryst in a roadside stop. He tries to resist; she stalks him. He comes home from work, finding her naked in his house; she had stolen one of his house keys when she was last there. He is upset by it - so he beds her again.

Maybe it's because I'm female that I can't understand his obsession with this woman, but I don't think so. I think it's just one of those books that tries to be so edgy that it manages to fall off the cliff of good storytelling. The characters speak in cryptic utterances, there seems to be no connection between the policeman and police procedure, and for the life of me I can't fathom why the woman is viewed as interesting, much less sexually alluring - even taking into account individual tastes. I also didn't get any sense of "place" in the story; perhaps the location references might make sense to Norwegian readers, but I wasn't given enough information by the author to tell if they were buildings, stores, or streets. I didn't expect footnotes, but there are ways of giving readers clues - especially if you're hoping to court readers outside your own country.

When you feel as though reading is a chore instead of a delight, you know it's time to put down the book and walk away. Maybe this book improves, maybe the rest of the books in the series are better, but I'll never know because I'm not going to bother to read them.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Norwegian writer to follow 13 Feb 2010
By Claire Mooers - Published on Amazon.com
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A well written and imaginative story. Sometimes confusing for an old lady like me but never gave up. More sex and emotional factors than any other Scandinavian police procedural, not really so necessary but didn't detract from the overall story. Perhaps to attract American readers. Back cover 'blurb' compares Dahl to Henning Mankell - no one can write like Mankell.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good mystery 2 April 2011
By ALI-BURT - Published on Amazon.com
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Ahh, I have another author to put on my list of favorites. A very good mystery coupled with a desperate romance. I enjoyed this book even with the love angle.
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