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
"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)
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.
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.
This is a great story. At the end all that action seemed a little formulaic. I'd rather have had more on the characters and less wild adventure, but I may be in the minority there. Effective narrator.
The strength of the book is the plot and believable responses by all the people caught up in a review of a closed case. The weakness is the narrator's inclination to make some ( minor) characters sound juvenile. It really interfered in their credibility.
One of the best authors of crime novels. More morel please .i found the story compelling and difficult to put down.absolutely 6 stars for overall story and performance
I have enjoyed the characters in many of the books from Scandinavia. Somehow they draw my attention without having to go to extremes. I liked the interplay between the detective and his daughter. Although this is not an intense thriller, it is no less satisfying by the last sentence.
I adore really well-written fiction, mystery series, and historical fiction, and delight in finding well-narrated translations.
It took some sleuthing to find that this book is #8 of 9 in the William Wisting series. Only #6 (Dregs), #7 (Closed for Winter),and this one, #8 (The Hunting Dogs) have been translated into English. #9 (The Caveman) is to be translated into English this year (2015).
It is a shame that 1-5 in the series, dating from 2004-2009 haven't been translated. It's a very good police procedural, complex and with characters that are believable and a protagonist you can root for.
Start with Dregs and then read this one, so you have the backstory that is referred to multiple times and on whose theme this one is built.
A message to Audible: Until this year your info on books, especially series, was really great--it was easy to find the books in a series and see the order. For some reason the system which would made the above information easy has fallen down. In many cases some of the books in a series are marked "not available on audible," but with a bit of time and trial and error can indeed be found on the site. Two of these are series by Peter May and Ann Cleeves, but probably there are others.
Anyhow, good book--worth the credit!
Had this been an American story, Visting's daughter would have had her father, they would have been eternally at odds with a journalist daughter that mistrusted the authority of the police and her father. I like it better this way. Father and daughter come at the mystery from two different directions and Horst implies that, while their estates differ - one is governmental authority, while the other is the fifth estate, the Press, individuals still want the same thing, justice. Horst makes the two organizations, often at odds, work together.
Even accused of the crime of planting evidence, the protagonist, Visting, is still focused on getting justice, not on clearing his name. He's no purist and he has his convictions about guilt and innocence, but he still wants the crime solved. His daughter has obviously watched her father work, in the past and pursues her story with the same determination and integrity as her father pursues the criminal. In the end, they both find the truth.
The narrator does a brilliant job, making it easy to follow the different characters, male and female, snooty and helpful. Grandfather would be annoyed at some of his pronunciation of city, state, street, and family names, but they are close enough to follow and would only matter to Norwegian and Swedish and would then be passed off as a difference in accent. The into nations and cadence make it easy to follow characters and events, disappearing into the background of the story.
I will read many others in the series.
I usually use audiobooks to fall asleep to. With Hunting Dogs, I had to take off the next day to listen. I could not put it down.
Many subplots intertwine cogently to make the main one compelling. Wisting, a policeman, is under investigation for falsifying evidence in a murder case. The presumed murderer feeds Wisting leads to the real dirty cop, but does not name him. Wisting takes steps to resolve the original case but that involves his daughter, a journalist determined to clear him, and himself in a similar kidnapping that may end in murder.
This is a fascinating insight into police politics and procedure, journalism, Norway, and detection of human nature. It is full of twists and surprises.
An excellent gripping story.i shall look for more titles by this author who was previously not known to me
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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