Jørn Lier Horst

The Innermost Room

The Cold Case Quartet #2

When parliament member and Labor Party veteran Bernhard Clausen suddenly dies in a heart attack, William Wisting is hastily called to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ office. The police has discovered something in Clausen’s cabin that doesn’t match his image as a wholesome and driven politician. The nation’s interests might have been put at risk and the case has to be handled with utter discretion, out of sight of the press and the people.

Wisting, a select few from the police force, and Wisting’s daughter Line are recruited to the secret investigation unit. They soon find that secrets had less to do with politics, and all the more to do with crime. Among else the missing persons case of a young man who disappeared during a fishing trip to Gjersjøen lake in 2003, not long after which a letter had appeared on the Director of Public Prosecutions’ doorstep. The letter had implied Clausen’s involvement in the case, but the accusation had been waved off.

In a twist of fate, the Gjersjøen case has now appeared on Cold Case investigator Adrian Stiller’s desk. Wisting reluctantly faces the facts: he’ll need his former partner Stiller’s help in order to uncover Bernhard Clausen’s innermost secrets.

Reading Jørn Lier Horst is like “coming home.” /…/ In this crime novel the intrigue is truly great, even better than in his previous ones. /…/ This book makes evident why Lier Horst is the current bestselling author in Norway.

Fædrelandsvennen, Norway

The books about William Wisting are something unto themselves, and get many readers hooked. /…/ “The Innermost Room” is a great, pacey novel with a high suspense level from the first till the last page!

Tvedestrandsposten, Norway

The new novel about William Wisting is more thrilling than most. /…/ The big puzzle in the novel is elegantly pieced together with great credibility. By staying on a believable and sober plane, the plot paradoxically becomes all the more suspenseful.

Dagsavisen, Norway

Jørn Lier Horst

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Jørn Lier Horst (b. 1970) has with his award-winning novels about William Wisting joined the elite of Nordic crime fiction writers. Having worked as a head of investigations before becoming a full-time author, Horst brings a unique brand of suspense and realism to the table. Besides his novels for grown readers, Horst has gained recognition for his unparalleled ability to thrill also young readers with charming mysteries. His standing as the Norwegian king of crime fiction for all ages was cemented when he created the Detective Agency No. 2 and CLUE series, both the most popular children’s book series in their respective age categories.

Rights sold to

Czech Republic, Zlin
Denmark, Modtryk
Estonia, Eesti Raamat
Germany, Piper
Lithuania, Baltos Lankos
Norway, Capitana
Poland, Smak Slowa
Slovakia, Premedia
Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand
Ukraine, Nora-Druk
UK, Michael Joseph

Other titles

The Innermost Room
The Katharina Code

The Caveman
The Hunting Dogs
Closed for Winter

The Triangle Mystery
The Einstein Mystery
The Sea Serpent Mystery
The Wolfhound Mystery
The Skull Mystery
The Riverton Mystery
The Esmeralda Mystery
The Liberty Mystery
The Grave Robbing Mystery
The Underwater Mystery
The Maltese Mystery
The Salamander Mystery

Foreign rights

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Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, UK, 2017
Shortlisted for the Bookworm Award, Norway, 2016
The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year), UK, 2016
Special Award for Excellence in Crime Fiction Writing, Poland, 2016
Shortlisted for the Ark’s Book of the Year Award, Norway, 2015
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award, Sweden, 2014
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year), UK, 2014
The Glass Key, The Nordic Countries, 2013
Shortlisted for the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize, Norway, 2013
The Riverton Prize, Norway, 2012
The Vestfold Literature Prize, Norway, 2012
The Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize, Norway, 2011
Shortlisted for the Bokslukerprisen Award, Norway, 2017

Edited October 10, 2018 by Salomonsson Agency