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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

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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  • L. K.
  • Tennessee
  • 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.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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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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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

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Frances
  • Little Rock, Ar, United States
  • 01-21-15

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 24 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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 17 people found this review helpful

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The Hunting Dogs

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Nine hours, forty minutes of listening and read by Saul Reichlin. The Hunting Dogs is a modern-day police procedural, centering on righting the wrongs of planted evidence that convicted a man of murder seventeen years ago. The ‘dogs’ referenced in the title aren’t man’s-best-friend-dogs, rather they are the police, doggedly solving a murder. The detective leading the original investigation, William Wisting, is now an elder cop, highly respected. Suspended pending the outcome, he and his journalist daughter dissect old records, chew away at Agatha-Christie-type clues, and search for the bad-guys.<br/><br/>The story has the expected subtly of European prose, quite a bit of text extraneously and verbose. The Hunting Dogs brings to mind a BBC Television who-done-it. The audiobook is well produced, Saul Reichlin does an okay job, female voices included … his British accent fits well with the story.<br/><br/>No explicit sex, no profanity, clean as a whistle. Let teens read. If you enjoy a cozy mystery, Sherlock Holmes stories, etc., you’l like The Hunting Dogs. Enjoy!

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#8 of 9, only 6-9 of series in English

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!


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  • Barbara
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 10-03-15

mech, not absorbing

a daily deal which was just a time passer. it killed the boredom, but wasn't a book that grabs you and makes you keep listening, or care about the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Charles
  • 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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  • Ann
  • 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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  • ladybug
  • 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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful