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Jo Nesbø (2009) Nemesis: A Novel.

Have you ever been to Oslo? If not - read that novel from the best thriller writer of Norway. It captures the atmosphere of the city and their stubborn inhabitants like no other. And the book has an intelligent, complex plot with an unusual theme unlike most of the assembly-line thrillers of the more well-known authors.

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Jo Nesbø (2001) The Redbreast. A Harry Hole Novel.

“An elegant and complex thriller . . . Ingenious design. . . . Harrowingly beautiful scenes.” (New York Times Book Review )

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Jo Nesbø (2012) The Leopard. (A Harry Hole mystery)

Harry Hole is dealing with another psychopath in this tantalizing 600 page thriller. The story moves from Hong Kong to Norway - with side trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Brutal and violent - but thought-provoking and addictive!

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Jo Nesbø (2011) The Snowman.

Nesbø's seventh Harry Hole novel. Not bad, but not in the same class as Stig Larsson or Henning Mankell.

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Karin Fossum (2005) Don't Look Back.

Widowed Inspector Sejer investigates the disappearance of a young girl in a small Norwegian village. Not much action, but smart insights in human psychology.

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Anne Holt (2007) The Final Murder.

A page-turner written by former Norwegian minister of justice, lawyer, journalist, and TV news anchor Anne Holt. Her hero, Superintendent Adam Stubo has to deal with a series of grotesquely mutilated and murdered celebrities. Stubo's partner is former FBI profiler Johanne Vik, who suspects that Stubo will be the next victim. Nail-biting tension.

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Anne Holt (2006) What is Mine. [Large Print]

Former FBI profiler and now Oslo University psychology professor Johanne Vik joins detective Inspector Adam Stubo in the investigation of two killings of children. With 567 pages the book is not a quick read, but it rewards with an intelligent plot and an ingenious ending.

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Karin Fossum (2005) He Who Fears the Wolf.

Escaped mental patient Errki Johrma, a schizophrenic, is believed to be involved in a brutal murder, but actually becomes a victim in a seemingly unrelated bank robbery. Inspector Konrad Sejer, a shy, thoughtful widower, tries to solve the two crimes. Fossum's description of Errki's bizarre inner world is deeply horrifying.

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Karin Fossum (2005) Calling Out For You.

Fossum's Inspector Sejer may be compared to Mankell's Wallander - both are typical police detectives from Northern Europe. But where Wallander is a gruff and clumsy bloke, Sejer is a sharp and emphatic observer. In this novel, Sejer investigates the death of a woman coming to Norway from India for her marriage.

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