A Review of “DREGS” (Jorn Lier Horst)

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by Fingal Libraries on November 5, 2014 in Fingal, Libraries

“DREGS” by Jorn Lier Horst (William Wisting Mystery 1). Scandinavian crime drama, in print, audio, and on tv has accelerated over recent years, with many featuring on the bestsellers lists on a regular basis. If you are a fan of Scandinavian Crime Drama, you may like to read this novel written by a real life […]

“DREGS” by Jorn Lier Horst (William Wisting Mystery 1).

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Scandinavian crime drama, in print, audio, and on tv has accelerated over recent years, with many featuring on the bestsellers lists on a regular basis.

If you are a fan of Scandinavian Crime Drama, you may like to read this novel written by a real life detective. The backdrop for this crime thriller is the beautiful town of Staverm, south of Oslo, along the Norwegian coast. On the beach we first meet the main character Chief Inspector William Wisting, a homicide detective and are straight into the story of how four severed left feet, each wearing identical trainers, are found washed to the shore. Can he link names to the feet? Is he looking at a possible accident from the sea or something more sinister?

Meanwhile Wisting’s journalist daughter is in the process of conducting interviews with prison inmates, to see if their time in prison has changed their attitudes and behavior. Wisting and she, unknowingly, have a connection with their respective inquiries. Both are lead surreptitiously into danger in a final macabre denouement in the resolution of this mystery.

Westing’s dilemma is to find relationships and connections between the persons in question. There are three strands to his investigation. He firstly, has to identify the persons in the trainers. Next he has to investigate why and how they came to such a grisly end and to identify the perpetrators.

In this police-procedural novel, Westing deals with his characters with humanity and integrity, while keeping focused on the crime and seeking justice.There is a complexity of relationships and connections between the victims, which are full of intricacies and heart stopping stopping moments for the reader.

This novel ticks all the boxes, with all the ingredients that a good crime thriller should have. This an excellent, police-procedural. suspense-filled thriller that competes with the best that Scandinavian noir has to offer.

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