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by Orenda Books, 28 February 2018. ISBN: 978-1-910633-99-1
Henning Juul has
new information in the search for the killer of his son, but it will put his
life at risk – and the lives of those around him.
story began with Burned, and this
final instalment of the roller-coaster series is complex and violent. Told in
short chapters which cut between story strands, Henning’s quest now includes
his sister, Trine, who is the disgraced Minister of Justice, and a senior
policewoman whose computer has been hacked. Henning’s ex-wife, Nora, is
pregnant to Henning’s friend and fellow-reporter, Iven – but Iven has dangerous
information he needs to give Henning. The chapters involving enforcers like
Durim Redzepi and his boss, Daddy Longlegs, make it clear just how dangerous
these people are. The novel begins with a handy ‘cast of characters’ guide, but
I didn’t need it, as Enger is careful to explain each new person, and the novel
opens with a plausibly-handled recap. The reader is drawn to the key
characters, Henning, still filled with self-doubt, but determined to find out
the truth, while Nora sinks into self-blame, but there’s depth to every
character – even Redzepi has a human reality, with his missing wife and
daughter. The plot is satisfyingly challenging, and the tension maintained
throughout, with characters like Trine revealing their story in instalments,
and swift movement between characters in page-turningly short chapters, and
there’s a clever sleight-of-hand ending.
compelling and ultimately satisfying finish to this Nordic Noir investigation
into a ruthless Norwegian gangster.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor
Thomas Enger Born 1973,
is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndod) in 2009, which became
an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist
Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo's underbelly, skewering the
corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news.
Rights to the series have been sold to 28 countries to date. In 2013 Enger
published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the
U-prize (best book Young Adult. Enger also composes music, and he lives in
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.