Death Deserved

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Orenda Books, Feb 20, 2020 - Detective and mystery stories - 276 pages

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...

'Grim, gory and filled with plenty of dark twists ... There's definitely a Scandinavian chill in the air with this fascinating read that loses none of its terror and fun in translation' Scottish Sun

'A clever, gripping crime novel with personality, flair, and heart' Crime by the Book

'An exercise in literary tag-teaming from two of Norway's biggest crime writers with a bold new take on the serial-killer-as-twisted-artist ... the start of a series with potential' Sunday Times

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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...

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'A stunningly excellent collaboration ... a brutal tale of fame, murder, and reality TV that gets the pulse racing' Russel McLean

'Everything about this crime novel sings, the relationship between Blix and Emma, which is complex, but also the relationship between Blix and Fosse and Kovic. The past bleeds into the present and the clever melding of the strands of the story and the slow reveal of details that propel the story is masterly. This tale often surprises or shifts in subtle ways that are pleasing and avoid cliché. As the opener for a new series this is a cracker, long live the marriage of Horst and Enger' New Books Magazine

'Death Deserved is a fast-moving, punchy, serial killer investigative novel with a whammy of an ending. If this is the first in the Blix and Ramm series, then here's to many more!' LoveReading

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Death Deserved, Volume 1

User Review  - Publishers Weekly

This outstanding series launch from Horst (the Inspector William Wisting series) and Enger (The Henning Juul series) introduces 40ish Alexander Blix, a psychologically wounded Oslo homicide detective ... Read full review

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The detective and the celebrity blogger. Together, can they catch a serial killer? 'Death Deserved', the first collaboration between two well established authors of Nordic Noir, Jorn Lier Horst and ... Read full review

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About the author (2020)

Jorn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. Jorn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense. Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul series. Enger's trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer. Death Deserved is Jorn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger's first cowritten thriller.

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