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A solitary tent is found to contain the body of a half-buried woman. She’s been stoned to death. There are lash marks across her back. One of her hands has been cut off.

Two years earlier Internet reporter Henning Juul lost his son, Jonas, in a domestic fire. As he returns to work, physically and emotionally scarred, Henning struggles to escape this past and to be taken seriously again as a reporter.

Told to cover the story of the woman in the tent, he finds an increasingly dangerous trail and, despite an early arrest, is convinced the story is more complex than the police think...

©2015 Thomas Enger (P)2015 Oakhill Publishing

Critic Reviews

"[Enger] is one of the most unusual and intense talents in the field." ( Independent)
"A fascinating addition to the 'Scandinavian noir' genre, I look forward to the series unfolding." ( Crimesquad)
"[It] has real strengths: the careful language, preserved in the fine translation; and its haunted journalist hero.... An intriguing series." ( Guardian)
"Suspenseful, dark and gritty, this is a must-read." ( Booklist)

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  • Rogayah
  • 02-21-18


The pieces fall into place slowly, gradually revealing the bigger picture. The journalist has a remarkable memory that is both a blessing and a curse as he returns to work having lost his son in a fire and suffering injuries from jumping out of his burning flat.

A horrific murder of a young Norwegian film Student looks like a muslim revenge killing, but turns out to be something else as the body count mounts.

Narrator tells the story well. I look forward to the next book in this series