Jørn Lier Horst
The Katharina Code

The Cold Case Quartet #1

It’s that time of the year. For the twenty-fourth time, William Wisting gets out the papers from when Katharina Haugen disappeared. The case was never solved, and every year since Wisting has called on Katharina’s husband, Martin Haugen. The steady contact between the police inspector and the bereaved husband has over the years developed into a friendship. But this year, Haugen’s house stands empty and dark when Wisting arrives. On the anniversary of his wife’s disappearance, Martin Haugen has gone missing.

The same day, Kripos investigator Adrian Stiller comes to see Wisting. A young cold case investigator for the National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos), Stiller has uncovered a connection between Katharina’s disappearance and the missing person case he’s working on. The two must join efforts, but the collaboration with the complex Stiller will be a challenge for the experienced Wisting. The two driven investigators must all the same find a starting point they can agree on, and use their combined capabilities to solve the case.

The Katharina Code is the first installment in Jørn Lier Horst’s compelling and already critically acclaimed new crime fiction series, the Cold Case Quartet.

The suspense is carefully escalated, piece by piece, clue by clue. It’s liberating to read a crime fiction novel where the painstaking police work is at the center, and conveyed in Lier Horst’s quiet, flowing, and unaffected prose. /…/ The novel vibrates with anticipation all the way to the finish.

Dagbladet, Norway

Jørn Lier Horst has written a novel that leaves a mark. The author has employed literary devices one only rarely finds in a crime fiction novel. And he’s succeeded marvelously. /…/ "The Katharina Code" is the best and most ingenious [novel] that Jørn Lier Horst has written thus far.

Tvedestrandsposten, Norway

With "The Katharina Code" Jørn Lier Horst again delivers an excellent crime fiction novel with a credible plot. /…/ All that remains is to declare that Jørn Lier Horst impresses again. That he’s counted among one of the country’s foremost crime fiction authors is no surprise.

Østlands-Posten, Norway

Jørn Lier Horst has truly done it this time. /…/ Exceptionally well-executed.

Tønsbergs Blad, Norway

Believable and thrilling criminal mysteries from Horst.

Aftenposten, Norway

Jørn Lier Horst

Jørn Lier Horst
Anton Soggiu

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.

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Edited September 17, 2019 by Salomonsson Agency