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Product details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Orenda (15 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910633275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910633274
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.3 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

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I was attracted to this book by the fabulous cover initially but having not read any other books in the series I was unsure if I would be able to follow who was who and what was what! But fear not, this book can absolutely be read as a standalone and if you’re not a big fan of Nordic Noir then this might actually be the book to ease you in gently to a love affair with this increasingly popular genre.

When the body of a woman is found, Frolich is stunned to discover that it’s a woman he’s recently come into contact with in connection with another case. He had been involved in her arrest and subsequently release from custody and then to discover a much more personal connection which throws up a few more questions than it actually answers! So it comes as a huge shock to find her naked body which has been dumped after having boiling water poured all over it and been wrapped in plastic (back to that fabulous cover!) Back from his holiday, Gunnarstranda investigates a similar cold case which bears a striking resemblance and could provide a much needed link. But Froliche is also in charge of investigating the disappearance of a student from the international summer school at The University of Oslo. So there’s a very busy workload here and both cases seem to ignite personal feelings within these two men making this a full on criminal enquiry.

I do adore the more relaxed style of police procedural that seems to be the theme here in many Norwegian crime thrillers. There’s a different feel to how they deal with cases, in fact it reminded me here of how police drama series were done back in the 1980s, when things weren’t quite as politically correct! The tone in which they speak to each other is very relaxed, if not a bit too relaxed at times!
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It’s my first time reading Kjell Ola Dah, but I have been dipping my toe into Nordic Noir recently and knowing that this is an Orenda book I was convinced it would be an interesting experience. The cover alone looks dark and inviting.

Apparently Gunnarstranda and Frølich the Oslo Detectives have appeared in other books but I have no idea where this one sits in the series, suffice to say it flowed perfectly and I didn’t need any prior knowledge. Like all police procedurals there is tension and suspicion surrounding the crimes, the thing I particularly like about this story is the way in which it is detailed.

The writing is crisp but relaxed if that makes sense, it has been translated into English which could stilt the rhythm but it has been done so smoothly it’s like reading about a couple of British cops on the beat. The laid back humour mixed with drama.

Frank Frølich has a personal connection to one of the murders and the twists and turns as the investigation continues opens up a lot of questions, we encounter some shady characters, Gunnarstranda locates another body but are the two victims connected?

This moves along at a steady pace, it is certainly a book you will want to read in a couple of sittings. The webs are woven, the spine tingles and in places it has an eerie feel. I was kept guessing what the outcome was going to be and entertained throughout trying to solve the connections.

If you haven’t yet tried this genre then give it a go, an effortless read with maximum satisfaction. I will be seeking these guys out again!

Thanks to the author and Orenda for inviting me onto the tour .. I read and reviewed voluntarily.
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Format: Paperback
Kjell Ola Dahl made his literary debut in 1993 and has won a number of prizes and has been shortlisted on two other occasions. He has become known as one of the fathers of Nordic Noir. Yet again Orenda Books has come up with another incredible find.

This is the latest instalment featuring the Police investigators Frølich and Gunnarstranda The story starts with a stakeout and then subsequent arrest of a young woman but on letting her go after she was charges in possession of cocaine, but later this very same young woman is found dead, dumped in a dumpster. But for the arresting officer Frank Frølich he did not know it at the time but she was the fiancé of one of his best friends. Who killed her and why? Did she know something that the police would be keen to know? So now the two investigating officers set about trying to uncover who she really was. But then Gunnarstranda finds a body during the subsequent investigation. For both police officers time now is of the essence as they believe the killer has struck again.

Although this was a slow-burner of a start and the story moves along at a pace that is not hurried in any way, there was something rather chilling and intense in the drama that began to unfold from page one. This is a clever piece of writing the internationally renowned writer who writes in a very atmospheric style that sets the tone for a Norwegian thriller with some very dark and twisting undercurrents. You feel you are being slowly sucked into the story and before you realise it you have raced through half the book.

Having read many Nordic crime thrillers there is something unique about this that stands out from the rest. It is slower than most but the two main investigators are two that are going to get answers. So is the door ajar for more for these two Oslo detectives. I for one really hope so.

Thank you to Karen Sullivan for the advanced review copy.
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