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Publisher's Summary

Seventeen years ago William Wisting led the investigation into one of Norway's most notorious criminal cases, the murder of young Cecilia Linde. When it is discovered that evidence was falsified, he is suspended from duty. It looks like a man has been wrongly convicted, and suddenly the media are baying for blood. Wisting, who has spent his life hunting criminals, is now the hunted.
©2012 Gyldendal Norsk Forlag (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"The writer's career as a police chief has supplied a key ingredient for the crime fiction form: credibility" (Barry Forshaw, author of Nordic Noir)
"All lovers of crime fiction should read his new book. It is simply sensationally successful." (Torbjorn Ekelund, Dagbladet)
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By L. K. on 01-12-15

Excellent, thoughtful police procedural

This is one of the best police procedurals that I have read in a while. Good narrator whose voice was well suited to the story. The author (a former policeman) deals honestly with a difficult subject and manages to tell a great story.

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By Pamela on 04-08-15

Well-crafted police mystery...

This was my first Jorn Lier Horst novel, and I will be reading more of his work. It was also proof that there is plenty of diversity in the Scandinavian branch of the genre. This was a very thoughtful, well paced mystery, sprinkled with sufficient suspense to keep me hooked, and kept me guessing for as long as it meant to.

Horst doesn't delve too deeply into his characters; just enough to make us care about long-time detective William Wisting, and his journalist daughter, Lena, as they struggle to get the the bottom of accusations brought against Wisting of procedural wrong-doing in the 17 year-old conviction of a supposed kidnapper/murderer.

Make no mistake: Wisting is no deeply flawed maverick Harry Hole. In the latter years of a long, up-til-now honorable and distinguished career, baffled and hurt at the accusations, Wisting is suspended. Nonetheless, he doggedly follows deeply ingrained police techniques, helped out by the very inquisitive Lena, and some old friends in the crime business, in his search for answers, hopefully in time to save a newly abducted young woman.

It's interesting to compare this Norwegian novel to police procedurals set in America. We have such a huge crime rate here that a cop would not likely connect a new abduction to a 17 year old crime so easily, but in a country with such a low population (esp. the criminal population), and which sees relatively few abductions and murders, credibility is not at all strained by such a suspicion.

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By Charles on 07-27-15

Gripping

An excellent gripping story.i shall look for more titles by this author who was previously not known to me

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By Ann on 07-25-16

Excellent Storyline

Purchased this book on one of audibles offers. Thoroughly enjoyed the story. You were held captive by it to the end. Will buy more by this author

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By ladybug on 01-09-15

So-so narration

Narrator read in childish way, did not match content. Female characters were not voiced well. Story itself was generally ok.

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