When a police investigator is killed execution-style and Blix’s own daughter is targeted by the killer, he makes a dangerous decision, which could cost him everything. Blix & Ramm are back in a breathless, emotive thriller by two of Norway’s finest crime writers…
When police investigator Sofia Kovic uncovers a startling connection between several Oslo murder cases, she attempts to contact her closest superior, Alexander Blix before involving anyone else in the department. But before Blix has time to return her call, Kovic is shot and killed in her own home – execution style. And in the apartment below, Blix’s daughter Iselin narrowly escapes becoming the killer’s next victim.
Four days later, Blix and online crime journalist Emma Ramm are locked inside an interrogation room, facing the National Criminal Investigation Service. Blix has shot and killed a man, and Ramm saw it all happen.
As Iselin’s life hangs in the balance, under-fire Blix no longer knows who he can trust … and he’s not even certain that he’s killed the right man…
Two of Nordic Noir’s most brilliant writers return with the explosive, staggeringly accomplished, emotive third instalment in the international, bestselling Blix & Ramm series … and it will take your breath away.
Was something wrong, had Blix and Ramm committed some kind of crime? This was definitely not the way by which we normally encountered this investigative duo, both in separate rooms being questioned by Blix’s police colleagues.
Blix certainly had his back to the wall, his daughter, Iselin’s life in the balance, as he tried to maintain his cool, to remain calm and reasonable. What an earth had happened to put them in such a position?
Enger and Horst seemlessly flitted between the past and the present, the starting point the execution of detective Kovic, Iselin an innocent witness, Blix’s desperate attempts to find her, to unravel who and why someone would take her.
A truly hideous tragedy left Blix and Ramm reeling, the reader wondering if that was it, the end, but no there was more. A story in two halves, the second half Blix suspended, on the outskirts of the investigation, the normal tools of discovery unavailable, Ramm cast aside.
This was a hugely emotional and vulnerable Blix perhaps one Enger and Holst had never portrayed before, a real twist in our relationship with the character, one that endeared him all the more to the reader.
Yet Enger and Holst were not going to let that stop Blix, his brilliant resourcefulness and ingenuity brought to the fore, a steely determination for truth and above all justice.
Who couldn’t enjoy the swirling twists and turns, the light bulb moment when all the pieces of the jigsaw finally slotted into place, justice a hairs breadth away. The final pages left us with more questions than answers, an ending that dangled the promise of another instalment, an unexplained future.
Brilliant as ever.
I would like to thank Orenda Books for a copy of Unhinged to read and review and to Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. Jørn 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 Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s first co-written thriller.