(Translated by Don Bartlett)
Blog Tour stop for this dark, chilling and up-to-the-minute Nordic Noir thriller
"The Oslo Detectives are back in another slice of gripping, dark Nordic Noir, and their new colleague has more at stake than she’s prepared to reveal… "
Oslo detective Frølich searches for the mysterious sister of a young female asylum seeker, but when people start to die, everything points to an old case and a series of events that someone will do anything to hide…
Suspended from duty, Detective Frølich is working as a private investigator, when his girlfriend’s colleague asks for his help with a female asylum seeker, who the authorities are about to deport.
She claims to have a sister in Norway, and fears that returning to her home country will mean instant death.
Frølich quickly discovers the whereabouts of the young woman’s sister, but things become increasingly complex when she denies having a sibling, and Frølich is threatened off the case by the police.
As the body count rises, it becomes clear that the answers lie in an old investigation, and the mysterious sister, who is now on the run…
After deciding that 2020 was the year I would really broaden my genre choices when reading, I just knew that I HAD to read a book by this author.
I have heard so so many good things about his writing and his charaters that I was really happy when this #BlogTour came around particularly as it is with Orenda Books who for me are just outstanding overall but have become a real shining becon in the Nordic Nior genre, so I knew I was in for a treat!
Thankfully for me even though this book is quite a way down the line in the Oslo Detective series ( I believe this is number 7 that has been translated?) This book work's perfectly as a standalone read. With enough information given to know exactly where you are in the charcters lives now and enough of the bigger details from the past were explained so you don't feel like you are missing anything.
Detective Frolich has been suspended from duty on the Oslo police force. Since then he has started his own private investigation business.
When his new girlfriend comes to him with a case invoving her friend who works in a refugee center she desperatly wants to help a girl who is seeking asylum.
This girl claims her sister in in the country and she needs to find her to avoid deportation. but when Frolich does track down this sister she claims never to have heard of the other women before?
As the case becomes more confusing, the bodies start turning up all with a strange connection to a high profile case, this girl and the sister..
As my first read by Kjell Ola Dahl I was just blown away, you are taken along on every aspect of Frolichs day in a way like you are living it and experiencing what happens, not just having it explained to you, you really FEEL the events and the charcters.
The charaterization was second to none I loved the passion that Frolich has for his role his job and the serach for justice.
I was drawn in by the rich and intence writing style and captivated by the complexity of the case and how it played out, the darker elements which only add to tension.
This is perfect read for thriller and crime fans and a faboulous introduction to this gene if you have not tried Nordic Noir before.
One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik.
He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich.
In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015.
His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.
Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.
All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.