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by Sandstone Press, 19 February. ISBN: 978-191012404-8
Chief Inspector Wisting rarely sees
his reclusive neighbour, Viggo Hansen, but it’s a shock when he discovers that Hansen
has been dead for four months, sitting in his chair in front of his TV... then
a second body suggests a serial killer’s at work.
strand of this cleverly-plotted novel is classic PP, as CI Wisting investigates
the deaths, along with his team; the other has a journalist protagonist, as
Wisting’s daughter Line becomes unwittingly involved through her investigation
of who Viggo Hansen was, and how his death came about. The third-person
narrative moves between Wisting and Line in alternate chapters. Wisting is a
likeable character, sensitive and determined in pursuing the truth; he’s just
returned to work after being suspended, and is recovering from a failed
relationship (the novel begins with a handy resume of who’s who and their back
stories). He’s protective of his daughter, and professional about his cases, so
it’s clear why she doesn’t realise that she’s blundering into a case which
expands to include officers from the US. The tensions between the two forces
are convincingly drawn, and the clues leading to the climax cunningly woven in.
As the novel progresses, the pace hots up, and the reader’s constantly being
left on a cliff-hanger for Line as the viewpoint switches to Wisting, and vice
versa. The background of country Norway, the south-west area of Vestfold, is
enjoyable, and the winter atmosphere shiveringly convincing.
page-turning blend of PP and journalist investigator, with a duel against a
cunning serial killer set against snowy Norway.
Lier Horstwas born 27 February 1970, Telematk, Norway. He worked
at Larvik from 1995-2013 becoming a Senior Investigating Officer. He made his
debut in 2004 with the crime novel Key Witness, based on a true murder
story. The detective character in his novels is William Wisting.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to
Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on
Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies.
Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has
published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of
women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in
her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.