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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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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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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2013
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This review is from: Dregs (Kindle Edition)
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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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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This was not edge of the seat drama but it was certainly a good read. I was drawn in by the various characters and the somewhat intricate plot.
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.
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