Sandstone Press

Dregs by Jorn Lier Horst

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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781905207671
Publication Date: 20/05/2011
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Dregs

Jorn Lier Horst

Chief Inspector William Wisting is an experienced policeman who is familiar with the dark side of human nature. He lives in challenging times for the Norwegian police force, meeting them with integrity and humanity, and a fragile belief that he can play a part in creating a better world. Dregs begins with a police report giving the place and time of the discovery of a training shoe washed up on the sand, containing a severed foot from the victim's body. Soon a second shoe is washed up, but it is another left. What is the explanation for this? Has there been some kind of terrible accident at sea? Does it indicate the killing and dismembering of two victims? Is there a link with the unsolved mystery of a number of disappearances in the Larvik area in recent months? In this gripping police procedural, Wisting gradually gets to the bottom of the mystery with the help of his all too human colleagues and his journalist daughter, Line.


Jorn Lier Horst

Jorn Lier Horst portrait

Jorn Lier Horst (born in Bamble, Telemark 1970) is a former Senior Investigating Officer in the Norwegian police force. He made his literary debut as a crime writer in 2004 and is now considered one...

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Reviews

‘Yes indeed, Jørn Leir Horst has once more written a well-founded and tense crime novel, with space for both the expected and the downright surprising. At his best, the author is both a sociologist and a philosopher.’
-Terje Stemland, AftenPosten

‘Many have known it for a long time, but now it ought to be acknowledged as a truth for all Norwegian readers of crime fiction: William Wisting is one of the great investigators in Norwegian crime novels. He can bear comparison with Thygesen, Sejer and Isaksen. ’
-Marius Aronsen, Norwegian Book Club

‘Once more the Larvik region is the arena for murder and dark deeds, and once again Wisting, now somewhat burned out, uninspired and overworked, confronts a seemingly insoluble criminal mystery.’
-Svend E. Hansen, Ostlands, Posten

‘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

‘Jorn Lier Horst is a phenomenal new voice in Nordic Noir. His handling of landscape and location matches that of Henning Mankell. 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.’
-Steve Peacock

‘Urban rather than natural settings are the stamping grounds of Jorn Lier Horst, whose Drges (his first novel to be published in English) is immensely impressive. The writer's career as a police chief has supplied a key ingredient for the crime fiction form: credibility.’
-Barry Forshaw, Nordic Noir and Euro Noir