Closed for Winter

  • by Jørn Lier Horst
  • Narrated by Saul Reichlin
  • 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The summer cottages are closed, and peace is settling over the coast of Vestfold, but the autumn fog conceals evil deeds. Ove Bakkerud’s cottage is ransacked by burglars, and next door he discovers the body of a man who has been beaten to death. Police Inspector William Wisting is uneasy; the desperation he sees in this latest murder is troubling. Meanwhile dead birds are dropping from the sky.


What the Critics Say

"The writer’s career as a police chief has supplied a key ingredient for the crime fiction form: credibility." (Barry Forshaw)


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Customer Reviews

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This could be the worst book I have ever listened to..

As anyone who has read my reviews knows well, I have often complained that poor narration can kill a great book, (eg: The Tourist). But what if it's appalling narration and a dreadful book? Could two negatives somehow combine to make a positive? Regretfully not.

This book is written for someone who has never read a crime novel, seen a TV cop show, or seen any movie involving a sleuth. The author feels it necessary to tell us that "it's important the crime scene boys collect and label every possible piece of evidence.. Because you never know if just one small thing will hold the answer to the case"... Really, I never knew that, because I've lived under a rock my whole life!!

Could not get past chapter 10.

This was an awful book. As for the narration... Please.. Where did they find this guy.. He kept putting his intonations in the wrong place.

All in all: the worst audible experience of 2015

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- K R D

rich and suspensef plot, interesting social issues

I highly recommend this audiobook; it is different than Horst's "The Hunting Dogs" and I found it even more enjoyable. The book jumps into right into the story; creating a palpable mood, setting and suspenseful start. I found the plot to be very creative, complex (clever) and believable (well thought-out). The level of suspense was dynamic: peaking, then ebbing, then peaking again; when the suspense was lower the compelling plot kept me listening keenly. The loose ends come together at a pace that allows one to relish the ending. The detective's internal thoughts on the investigative process, interviewing/interrogation, etc., are interesting and perceptive, to the extent that I can tell. I was not expecting the social issues that arose in a bit of a sub-plot, but I found them very much food-for-thought.
As background, I discovered Horst recently due to a sale or Audible recommendation. I listened to "The Hunting Dogs" first; I enjoyed it, but not as much as this one. It could be that I was just adjusting to the narrator and writing style; a bit more concentration is required to keep track of the Norwegian place names and Scandinavian names of people---especially when only listening (not seeing) them. However, I find that Horst is very much worth this small increase in effort.
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- ScottInOtt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-26-2015
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks