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Jorn Lier Horst Shortlisted for The Petrona Award

Jorn Lier Horst makes Petrona Award shortlist for the third time with The Caveman

Norwegian crime writer Jorn Lier Horst has made the shortlist for the prestigious Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavia Novel of the Year, The Caveman, translated by Anne Bruce and published by Sandstone Press.

This is the third time that Horst has made the shortlist – Closed for Winter was nominated in 2013 and The Hunting Dogs in 2015. 46-year-old Jorn Lier Horst is a former Senior Investigating Officer at the Norwegian police force. He made his literary debut as a crime writer in 2004 and his William Wisting series of crime novels have been international bestsellers, having sold more than 500,000 copies in Scandinavia, UK, Germany, Netherlands and Thailand.

The judges commented, ‘Horst’s The Caveman begins with the discovery of a four-month-old corpse just down the road from William Wisting’s home. Troubled by his neighbour’s lonely death in an apparently uncaring society, the Chief Inspector embarks on one of the most disturbing cases of his career. Beautifully written, this crime novel is a gripping read that draws on the author’s own experiences to provide genuine insights into police procedure and investigation.’

The winner will be announced at Crimefest in Bristol on 21 May.

Sandstone Press Managing Director Robert Davidson says: ‘When I read Anne Bruce’s translation of Dregs, our first book by Jorn Lier Horst, I felt in my bones that an author of significance had appeared. It was Jorn’s books that set us on our course to become an international crime publisher. We’re thrilled he’s getting the recognition he deserves and hoping for “gode nyheter”, as they say in Norway.'

William Wisting novels by Jorn Lier Horst and published by Sandstone Press

Dregs (2011)

Closed For Winter (2013)

The Hunting Dogs (2014)

The Caveman (2015)

Ordeal (2016)

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Jorn Lier Horst

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