Modern day Norway
Taxi driver Jens Hummel has been missing for six months, and Chief Inspector William Wisting and his colleagues in the Larvik Criminal Investigation Unit are no closer to finding him. Just as they are about to give up, a promising lead materializes, which suggests a link to organized crime.
As Wisting reboots his investigation, his pregnant daughter, Line, a former investigative journalist, befriends the daughter of a crime boss, who recently died from a fall in his home. Although Sofie hadn’t seen her father in years, she inherits his property. In the basement of the home, Sofie and Line find a safe stuffed with documents.
As Line sorts through the suspicious documents, her father’s missing person case overlaps with a case in a neighboring jurisdiction.
Soon Wisting’s investigation intersects with Line’s discovery putting both father and daughter in danger.
Ordeal is a complex mystery, but not as dark as most Nordic crime novels, and the detectives seem less dour! I will certainly look for more in this series!
What Other Reviewers Say
The Sunday Times (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.”
Who Wrote It
Jorn Lier Horst 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 of the foremost Nordic crime writers. His William Wisting novels have won numerous awards and have been translated into thirty languages. Ordeal is the tenth novel in the series and the fifth to be published in English.