- 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)
Faithless Oslo Detectives Paperback – 15 Apr 2017
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm grateful to Karen at Orenda Books for a copy of this book and to Anne for inviting me onto the tour. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by D. Harris
Faithless is my first venture into Dahl’s books and I guess I did have some concern as to whether I would be able to get into the story as I had not met Oslo detectives Frølich and... Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Bloomin' Brilliant Books
Dark, intriguing, and pacy, this book is the perfect example of what makes Nordic Noir so popular.
Frølich is called to investigate the death of a woman he has recently... Read more
Faithless, by Kjell Ola Dahl (translated by Don Bartlett), is a tenebrous and intense crime thriller offering classic Nordic Noir. Read morePublished 2 days ago by neverimitate
I’m a bit late to the Scandi/Nordic Noir obsession. I was aware of the television programmes but oddly, for a crime fiction fan, I didn’t watch any of them so the whole thing... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sandra W
Faithless is the first of this author’s novels that I’ve read and I think it might be the first of his works to be translated into English. Read morePublished 7 days ago by The JBP
As part of the Oslo detective series, Faithless is the 7th book which was originally written in Norwegian and the only one to be translated so far. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dee-Cee (itsallaboutthebooks)
I liked the different characters making up the police team. It took me a while to figure out their professional relationship – who was the boss of who, and so on - and I guess I... Read morePublished 12 days ago by WhatCathyReadNext
Faithless is part of the Oslo Detectives series featuring Gunnarstranda and Frølich, as this series was originally written in Norwegian, not all of the series have made it (yet,... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Clair_B