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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous follow up to Dregs
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good nordic style story full of gore , twists and turns
Of the nordic genre, a good overall story with lots of twists and turns, kept me interested to the end.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous follow up to Dregs, 18 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Closed for Winter (William Wisting Mystery) (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars New Wisting Thriller, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars socially realist police procedural, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Grounded In Reality, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle haunting story, 5 Jan 2014
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A series of break ins at holiday cottages, a man watching for a boat, two dead men, dead birds and missing money. William Wisting manages to go through the case losing on a few night's sleep and without being close to a break down. The Nordic weather is grim and the new Europeans are on a crime spree thanks to meddling politicians. Eventually order is restored both in his life and in his city. This is Nordic drama in its gentle form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jane, 20 Dec 2013
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I have really been impressed with the quality of writing and plot that has come and is coming from the Scandinavian stable of writers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Closed for Winter, 30 Nov 2013
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J. G. Spry "Crispin" (Hornchurch, Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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William Wisting detective story set In Norway in the early winter. The gloom of that time of year in Scandanavia comes through in this story. it is a well written book and a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 20 May 2014
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I am a big fan of police procedurals and this is a great example. There is tremendous range and depth to the investigation - Lithuanian burglars, a drug deal gone wrong, dead bodies and Wisting's daughter's failed relationship - and all told in a logical, chronological manner. Wisting is an interesting character: a family man but also a committed investigator unafraid to admit fear but actually rather fearless in the course of his job. I also liked the recurring motifs of the birds and the dream catcher. I fell asleep reading this book last night and started reading again as soon as I woke up as it is extremely compulsive in an understated way and well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting story, 9 Feb 2014
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This book was unputdownable for me t was fast moving but complicated enough to keep you guessing. I wold recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, kept me guessing right to the end., 7 Feb 2014
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Very atmospheric backdrop to this novel, the description of the weather especially sets the scene. Good paced novel, believable characters.
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