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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Jammer Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Aug. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LV1HFXM
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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.Read more ›
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.
This review is from: Dregs (Kindle Edition)
Dregs: the most useless part Of something.
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
I agree with the views of some other reviewers, that Wisting is reminiscent of Wallander. He doesn't rush round 'willy nilly'. He thinks a lot and arrives at the solution.
I shall be trying the next instalment in this series, which is a recommendation in itself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's midsummer and holidaymakers are horrified to find left feet washed up on several of Norway's beautiful beaches. Read morePublished 1 month ago by GeordieReader
To Jorn Lier Horst for - not only a splendidly gripping book, but for writing all his others, that I now have to look forward to.
And, please let's translate the first five!
this is an enjoyable book for those who like detectives who are not perfect, sharp witted or smart. I enjoyed it, and thought of Morse while I read it!Published 3 months ago by emmjay
An enjoyable police caper had me guessing right to the very end.
I really do like William Wistling it's a great series looking forward to reading the next.
Dregs is a straightforward police procedural that is very much in the Scandinavian style – a relatively dour detective, an understated narrative with close attention to detail, and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rob Kitchin