Police officer Alexander Blix and celebrity blogger Emma Ramm join forces to track down a serial killer with a thirst for attention and high-profile murders, in the first episode of a gripping new Nordic Noir series…
Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been pinned to the TV.
Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missing-persons investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl. Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated … evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing…
Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flare for the dramatic, and thirst for attention.
Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it…
Death Deserved is out in ebook now and paperback on the 20th February 2020. You can purchase or pre-order your copy using the link below.
I’m a huge fan of both these authors so I was very excited to see what they came up with together.
Firstly I really liked the two main characters, especially Blix who came across as a very capable, genuine guy. I was impressed way with he approached the investigation and how he deals with his team which was in stark contrast to the way his ex partner, Fosse dealt with thing. I warmed to him instantly and found myself routing for him throughout the book. Emma was another interesting character though it took me a bit longer to like her as I initially found her a bit annoying and needy. She soon proved that there was much more to her then meets the eye though and I liked the partnership she forms with Blix.
This book had quite a modern feel to it with the inclusion of reality shows and bloggers which I thought made it feel quite realistic. It also gives the impression that everything is unfolding in real time as I was reading it which I thought was clever. The reality show was a brilliant concept that I’d love to see brought to the screen soon as I’d definitely watch it!
Overall I thought this was a fantastic read which I found very difficult to put down as I was so absorbed in the story. The dramatic opening drew me into the story with the fast pace and intriguing storyline ensuring that I kept reading. I really enjoyed following the investigation and trying to work out what would happen next.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Anne Cater for my copy of this book. If you like dark, gripping reads then I think you’ll enjoy this book.
About The Authors:
Thomas Enger is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2010, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of five 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). Killer Instinct, another Young Adult suspense novel, was published in Norway in 2017. Rights have been sold to Germany and Iceland. Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.
Follow him on Twitter @EngerThomas, on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thomas.enger.77 or visit his website thomasenger.net
Jorn Lier Horst was born 27th February 1970, in Bamble, Telemark, Norway and has worked as a policeman in Larvik since 1995. His debut novel in 2004, Key Witness , the first William Wisting mystery, was based on true murder story. Dregs is the fifth novel in the series.