WISTING: THE MAJOR TV SHOW NOW ON BBC FOUR
Winner of the Norwegian Bookseller's Prize
Ove Bakkerud, newly separated and extremely disillusioned, is looking forward to a final quiet weekend at his summer home before closing for winter but, when the tourists leave, less welcome visitors arrive. Bakkerud’s cottage is ransacked by burglars and next door he discovers the body of a man who has been beaten to death. Police Inspector William Wisting has witnessed grotesque murders before, but the desperation he sees in this latest murder is something new. Against his wishes, his daughter Line decides to stay in one of the summer cottages at the mouth of the fjord. Wisting’s unease does not diminish when they discover several more corpses on the deserted archipelago. Meanwhile, dead birds are dropping from the sky.
Horst makes his U.S. debut with his intricately plotted seventh mystery featuring Chief Insp. William Wisting (after Dregs), which won Norway's Booksellers' Prize in 2012. Break-ins at summer cottages in Vestfold County on Norway's southwest coast are common, but the discovery of a battered body in one of them results in a call to Wisting. The case has some peculiar elements, beginning with the corpse being found in a cottage belonging to celebrity interview host Thomas R nningen; later, it's stolen while being transferred to the police morgue by funeral ambulance. Multiple strands emerge linking the robberies to Lithuanian thieves, as well as to known criminal Rudi Muller and possibly to Tommy Kvanter, the Danish lover of Wisting's journalist daughter. Wisting makes an informative and dangerous trip to Vilnius to interview suspects, worries about his daughter's safety, and puzzles out a surprising explanation for the confusing crimes.