So, today is my stop on the blog tour for the first book in a new Nordic Noir series which as you may know is one of my favourite genres so I’m really excited to share it with you! A big thank you to Anne from Random Things Tours for inviting me along.
The book I’m reviewing today is Death Deserved by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger, let’s jump in…
Police officer Alexander Blix and celebrity blogger Emma Ramm join forces to track down a serial killer with a thirst for attention and high-profile murders, in the first episode of a gripping new Nordic Noir series…
Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been pinned to the TV.
Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missing-persons investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl. Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated … evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing…
Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flare for the dramatic, and thirst for attention.
Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it…
I’m so excited to have a new Nordic Noir series to sink my teeth into, this is the first book in the Alexander Blix and Emma Ramm series. The back story between the two really helped me feel connected to them which is extremely important, especially with long-standing characters.
So we have a serial killer who is killing off celebrities and wants the whole world to know about it. Where do you even start when none of the victims have a connection to each other? This is an extremely fast paced and addictive book with an original serial killer.
Over the last 18 months I’ve fallen head over heels with Nordic Noir so being able to read a book written by two of the genre’s beloved authors was a thrilling experience.
Death Deserved was an explosive introduction to a series which I can definitely see becoming one of my favourites.
So who are Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger?
Jorn Lier Horst (born in Bamble, Telemark 1970) is a former Senior Investigating Officer at the Norwegian police force. He made his literary debut as a crime writer in 2004 and is considered one of the foremost Nordic crime writers.
His series of mystery novels starring chief inspector William Wisting provides a detailed and authentic insight into how criminal cases are investigated and how it affects those involved, whether private or professional. The books represent a simple and accurate picture of the modern Nordic societies and is characterized by political and social commentary subtext.
Thomas Enger was born in Oslo in 1973, but grew up in Jessheim. He has an education in journalism, and has also studied sports and history. He worked at the Norwegian online newspaper Nettavisen for nine years.
He has composed music and written books since the age of 18. He is also working on a musical.
Enger’s first book, Skinndød, was published in 2010. It is the first book in a series of at least six featuring crime journalist Henning Juul. The second installment, Fantomsmerte, was released in the fall of 2011; Blodtåke, the third book, is scheduled for a 2012 release.
See you in the next one…