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When It Grows Dark

William Wisting Mystery prequel

Jorn Lier Horst

When It Grows Dark by Jorn Lier Horst


Stavern 1983: Christmas is approaching, snow is falling heavily, and a young ambitious policeman named William Wisting has just become the father of twins. After a brutal robbery, he is edged off the investigation by more experienced officers, but soon he is on another case that is not only unsolved but has not even been recognised as murder. Forgotten in a dilapidated barn stands a bullet-riddled old car, and it looks as if the driver did not get out alive. This case will shape William Wisting as a policeman and give him insight that he will carry with him for the rest of his professional career: generations form an unbroken chain.

RRP: £7.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910985489
Publication Date: 16/03/2017
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Jorn Lier Horst
Jorn Lier Horst is a former Senior Investigating Officer in the Norwegian police force. He made his debut as a crime writer in 2004 and is now considered one of...



Publishers Weekly

‘This tense entry to William Wisting’s story turns out to be a satisfying mystery expertly unravelled.’

Mark Douglas-Home, author of The Sea Detective

‘A deft and effective "prequel as well as a milestone" in the life of its suddenly retrospective hero.’

Kirkus Reviews

‘A deftly crafted, multilayered mystery that showcases author Jorn Lier Horst's genuine master of the genre.’

Midwest Book Review

‘An absorbing solid police procedural, steeped in the historical context... Jørn Lier Horst has very cleverly brought Wisting’s early professional years and authenticity of the times. This approach works brilliantly... No wonder William Wisting has become one of the most loved fictional detectives in Norway. ’

Ewa Sherman, Crime Review

‘A fast and easy read and I very much enjoyed it. Wisting remains one of my favourite policemen.’

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