The body of a politician, Bernard Clausen, has been found in his cabin on the Norwegian coast surrounded by a fortune in what appears to be stolen money. Wisting learns that Clausen had connections with criminal networks, and uncovers a conspiracy that threatens the country’s political future. Characterisation and locale are pared to the bone: plotting reigns supreme. Fortunately, that’s Horst’s primary skill.
Jorn Lier Horst is one of the most successful writers in Norway. His latest... begins with the discovery of a quantity of banknotes in the seaside home of a deceased politician. With an election approaching, Chief Inspector William Wisting is asked to carry out a discreet investigation. It doesn’t take him long to find the connection to a local man’s disappearance. Horst, a former police officer, is brilliant on the day-to-day details of investigation, while keeping up tension to the end.