Saturday 29 February 2020

Death Deserved by Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger

Welcome to the blog tour for Death Deserved the first in a new Nordic Noir series.

It starts with an episode from the past of Detective Blix where a hostage situation went wrong and as the 'story proper' begins, 19 years later, he is still living with the consequences. His career has not kicked off like it should have, his former partner is now his boss and his marriage has failed.

So far, so par for the course you may think, another tortured soul detective. That's when things really kick off though and you realise this is not just any other by the numbers tale.

When  former long-distance athlete Sonja Nordstrøm fails to show at the launch of her biography celebrity blogger Emma Ramm goes to her house and finds it in total disarray and with no sign of Sonja, just her vest number, #1, on prominent display. Blix is soon put on the case and Ramm worms her way to helping try and solve the case. And what a twisty, turny, baffling case it is. The serial killer (yes, the bodies keep turning up) seems to have a real taste for the 'notorious celebrity' life they have created and the police have all on to catch him - so much so that I thought the authors would struggle to do it in the 300+ pages of this story. But a banger of an ending, which, I'll be honest, was exhausting (in a good way) did everything that was needed.

And as for the killer - well, I like to think I'm rather good with these things but I didn't have a clue.

Recommended 4/5*

I'll certainly be looking forward to more from these authors.

Thanks as always to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the tour and please, if you can find the time, have a look at the posts from the other bloggers on the tour.

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