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WISTING: THE MAJOR TV SHOW NOW ON BBC FOUR
Stavern 1983: Christmas is approaching, snow is falling heavily, and a young ambitious policeman named William Wisting has just become the father of twins. After a brutal robbery, he is edged off the investigation by more experienced officers, but soon he is on another case that is not only unsolved but has not even been recognised as murder. Forgotten in a dilapidated barn stands a bullet-riddled old car, and it looks as if the driver did not get out alive. This case will shape William Wisting as a policeman and give him insight that he will carry with him for the rest of his professional career: generations form an unbroken chain.
Horst's excellent sixth William Wisting mystery to appear in English (after Ordeal) returns to the chief inspector's early career in between his present-day reflections on his 30-plus years of service in Larvik, a small town in Norway's southwest Vestfold county. As Wisting prepares to welcome trainee police officers, he receives a letter that plunges him and his students back into a nearly century-old cold case. Flash back to 1983. Wisting, a recently qualified uniformed police officer, is a new father to twins Line and Thomas and a devoted husband to Ingrid, the exemplary wife he will lose to illness years later. Horst minutely chronicles young Wisting's private investigation into a major unsolved 1925 theft, undertaken after more experienced cops push him off a violent robbery case. Wisting learns to trust his ability to combine logic and intuition as he idealistically sets out to make a better world. This prequel is a fine starting place for newcomers.