Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: Ordeal: A Thriller (William Wisting #10) by Jørn Lier Horst

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1453 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1910124745
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Aug. 8 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N7T6FOH

Book Description

Tense and suspenseful, the only reason to stop racing through the pages of Jorn Lier Horst's Ordeal will be to pause for a quick glance over your shoulder...

"The best Scandinavian crime fiction available." - Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Frank Mandt died after a fall down his basement steps, the same basement that holds a locked safe bolted to the floor. His granddaughter, Sofie Lund, inherits the house but wants nothing to do with his money. She believes the old man let her mother die in jail and is bitterly resentful.

Line Wisting’s journalist instincts lead her into friendship with Sofie, and Line is with her when the safe is opened. What they discover unlocks another case and leads Chief Inspector William Wisting on a trial of murder to an ordeal that will eventually separate the innocent from the damned.


Together with her one year old daughter Maja, single mother Sofie Lund moves into the house she inherited from her grandfather. Sofie has such painful memories that she has had every trace of the old man removed, every trace but a locked safe that has been bolted to the basement floor. Inside the safe, Sofie finds something shocking that will also become crucial evidence in a case that has plagued Inspector William Wisting for a long time. To follow this lead though, he must cut across important loyalties and undermine confidence in the police force.

Praise for Ordeal:

"A meticulous, character driven police procedural. Solid crime fiction."--Booklist

Praise for Jorn Lier Horst:

"The case pits Wisting against his new chief of police in a slow-moving but thoroughly realized clash between moral principle and bedeviling bureaucratic exigencies."--Publishers Weekly

"Horst, a former Norwegian policeman, now produces classy procedurals with plotting, depth, and humanity to rival the best of the Scandis." --The Sunday Times Crime Book Club (UK)

"Horst’s novels are solid, satisfying police procedurals, offering an insider’s view of the tensions between detectives and bureaucrats who want results at any cost." --The Sunday Times (UK)

"Lier Horst’s books are always an excellent mix of police procedural and character study which give them a special place in Scandinavian crime fiction." --Crime Pieces (UK)

"Horst writes some of the best Scandinavian crime fiction available. His books are superbly plotted and addictive, the characters superbly realized. Ordeal kept me engaged to the end and I cannot wait for the next." --Yrsa Sigurdardottir

"I really like Chief Inspector William Wisting... In Ordeal he leads us through a complex and intriguing investigation into Norway’s underworld in a masterpiece of storytelling." --Lin Anderson

"The writer’s career as a police chief has supplied a key ingredient for the crime fiction form: credibility."
--Barry Forshaw, author of Nordic Noir

"The narrative concern with digital technology is on a par with Stieg Larsson. What makes Lier Horst distinctive is his haunting ability to find the feasible in the psychopathic." --Steven Peacock, Swedish Crime Fiction

"Horst is an intelligent and often poetic writer. His storytelling is as measured and precise as his main character. So we hope to see more of William Wisting in the English language soon." --Crime Fiction Lover

"A richly detailed narrative, morally complex characters, and a deeply contemplative, philosophical undertone make this a superior example of Scandinavian crime fiction." ―Publishers Weekly

"A riveting story line with memorable characters an unanticipated plot twists." ―The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

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.

My Review

Ordeal: A Thriller is the tenth William Wisting book  by Jørn Lier Horst. This is the first book that I have read in the series.

Ordeal: A Thriller is a police procedural set in Norway.Through books such as Ordeal, I am developing a fondness for Scandinavian thrillers and mysteries. Author Horst sets a slower pace than most but allows for character development and solid police work.

Chief Inspector of CID for Larvik Police William Wisting has had to put a case involving a missing taxi driver on the back burner due to no new information for six months. Then the taxi is found and all leads seem to be pointing to crime boos Frank Mandt who died six months earlier. Wisting's daughter Line has recently struck up a friendship with Mandt's granddaughter, Sofie, and their discoveries in his old house add to the case. 

I really enjoyed Ordeal: A Thriller and I am looking forward to reading more books in this series!

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