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The Katharina Code


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A gripping thriller from the international bestselling author Jorn Lier Horst Twenty-four years ago Katharina Haugen went missing. All she left behind was her husband Martin and a mysterious string of numbers scribbled on a piece of paper. Every year on October 9th Chief Inspector William Wisting takes out the files to the case he was never able to solve. Stares at the code he was never able to crack. And visits the husband he was never able to help. But now Martin Haugen is missing too. As Wisting prepares to investigate another missing persons case he's visited by a detective from Oslo. Adrian Stiller is convinced Martin's involved in another disappearance of a young woman and asks Wisting to close the net around Martin. But is Wisting playing cat and mouse with a dangerous killer or a grief-stricken husband who cannot lay the past to rest? Set between the icy streets and dark forests of Norway, The Katharina Code is a heart-stopping story of one man's obsession with his coldest case. Atmospheric, gripping and suspenseful; this is Nordic Noir at its very best. 'Jorn Lier Horst is one of the most brilliantly understated crime novelists writing today' Joan Smith, Sunday Times 'Up there with the best of the Nordic crime writers' Marcel Berlin, The Times
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Jorn Lier Horst (Author) Jorn Lier Horst has joined the elite of Nordic crime fiction writers. Having worked as a police officer and head of investigations before becoming a full-time author, Horst brings a unique brand of suspense and realism to his novels. With his books selling over two million copies in his home country alone, Horst has established himself as one of the most addictive voices to come out of Scandinavia. The Wisting series is being adapted for TV by the producers behind Wallander and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Anne Bruce (Translator) Anne Bruce studied Norwegian and English at the University of Glasgow and now lives on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. She has translated a number of crime novels by Anne Holt and Jorn Lier Horst, including the Petrona-Prize-winning The Caveman and When It Grows Dark, which was longlisted for the CWA International Dagger in 2017.


Jorn Lier Horst is one of the most brilliantly understated crime novelists writing today -- Joan Smith * Sunday Times * Up there with the best of the Nordic crime writers -- Marcel Berlin * The Times * The Katharina Code is the best and most ingenious novel that Jorn Lier Horst has written thus far -- Tvedestrandsposten * Norway * If you haven't already, introduce yourself to Norway's Chief Inspector William Wisting - you'll warm to him even though his patch can get pretty cold -- Jon Wise * Sunday Sport * Jorn Lier Horst only gets better and better . . . The Katharina Code is a beautiful crime fiction story -- Stavanger Aftenblad * Norway * The Katharina Code vibrates with anticipation all the way to the finish -- Dagbladet * Norway * The author has employed literary devices one only rarely finds in a crime novel. And he's succeeded marvelously -- Tvedestrandsposten * Norway * With The Katharina Code Jorn Lier Horst again delivers an excellent crime novel with a credible plot . . . All that remains is to declare that Jorn Lier Horst impresses again -- Ostlands-Posten * Norway * The untangling [of the mystery], the tactics, and the climax keep the suspense at a solid Horst level -- Tronder Avisa * Norway * Jorn Lier Horst has truly done it this time . . . Exceptionally well-executed -- Tonsbergs Blad * Norway * Horst invites the readers to join the investigation in a credible manner that highlights professional practices [in the police] and generates a new kind of suspense -- Bok 365 * Norway * Norwegian bestselling author, former policeman Jorn Lier Horst delivers yet another adept story . . . Without excessive complications, unnecessary frills and decorations in his style, [Lier Horst] writes in a bare and sober prose which one still may refer to as masculine. In the style of the genre's founder, Ed McBain * Politiken, Denmark * It's thrilling and well-narrated . . . I look forward to reading the upcoming novels and am excited to see what old cases appear. . . . The author is an expert when it comes to characters, and I'm crazy about William Wisting as well as his family, and colleagues at the Larvik police * Litteratursiden, Denmark * I'm crazy about Jorn Lier Horst's style of writing and crime fiction, where the story and the human character traits are front-and-center and a theme is used as the fulcrum of the story - in this [novel] it's the theme of lies, and what they do to people *, Denmark *

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