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The Hunting Dogs Audiobook

The Hunting Dogs

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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

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, 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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    L. K. Tennessee 01-12-15
    L. K. Tennessee 01-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 04-08-15
    Pamela 04-08-15 Member Since 2009
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    "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.

    44 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Little Rock, Ar, United States 01-21-15
    Frances Little Rock, Ar, United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2017
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    "New for me"

    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.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    ELLY 03-01-15
    ELLY 03-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding"

    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

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 05-04-15
    Julie 05-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Clever twist"

    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.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne K Russell Arlington, Texas 04-14-15
    Suzanne K Russell Arlington, Texas 04-14-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Thoughtful and Well Written"

    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.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 10-29-16
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 10-29-16 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Good Writing and Narration"

    I am thoroughly enjoying this Norwegian police procedural series with Inspector Detective William Wisting. I was wondering why the writing felt so honest and clever. It makes sense since I discovered the author, Horst, was a former senior investigating detective himself. The step by step process of Wisting's examination of a case that appears to be stacked heavily against him is so satisfying from beginning to end. I especially enjoyed the involvement of Wisting's daughter -- a journalist. This is a series where you don't have to stretch your imagination, but still feel the tenseness of a well paced story. I am looking forward to more listening of this series in the near future. The narration by Saul Reichlin is perfection.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Not great; maybe something lost in ttanslation?"

    this was my first of the series. the book received very good reviews for Goodreads, so i thought that i'd pass over many overall mediocre reviews from audible listeners... obviously that was a mistake. unlike in the millennium trilogy/tetralogy, i felt as though the translation was off, some of the phrasing did not flow well. as far as myseries go, the story was good.. not great. i did enjoy the narration though. im not sorry that i listened to the book, but im not lining up to get another in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DS 12-24-15
    DS 12-24-15
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    "Slow-developing"

    I'm more accustomed to fast-paced thrillers so this book seemed a bit slow to me. The narration was fine; the story was a bit predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Expat back home EU 11-21-15
    Expat back home EU 11-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Like Jo Nesbo"
    Would you listen to The Hunting Dogs again? Why?

    Classic Nordic Detective story.


    What other book might you compare The Hunting Dogs to and why?

    Nesbo's many Harry Hole books.
    Similar story line and similar pace.
    Perhaps not as good as Nesbo, but if you like Nesbo, you'll like this book.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    7/27/15
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    "Gripping"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
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    "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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