Torkil Damhaug

A Fifth Season

Ann, Victor, Helene and Nicolai are four young friends. They like trying things out, but their exploits don't always turn out well. One of the things they should not have done was to lock a classmate in the basement of a ruined riverside factory, where there had once been a nasty accident. Soon after, two of the four youngsters are found dead, and the third has disappeared.

A Fifth Season (En femte årstid) is a psychological thriller which brings the reader close to both victims and perpetrators. It is a crime novel where the reader has the opportunity to follow the investigation of abduction and murder. What happened? Who is guilty?

This is a thought-provoking novel which throws light on how events we cannot control intrude to turn everyday life upside-down. What happens to us and to our relationships with our loved ones? We meet young people driven by lethal forces they don't understand. We meet a father who will do everything to find his daughter. We meet some of the faces of evil.


Torkil Damhaug

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Torkil Damhaug (1958-) has a degree in medicine with a specialization in psychiatry. His début novel, The Flight of the Moon (Flykt, måne) caused a great stir when it was published in 1996. His Norwegian and international break-through came with the psychological thriller Death by Water (Døden ved vann) in 2009. The novel has since beenoptioned for a movie. For the novel Fireraiser (Ildmannen), Damhaug was awarded the prestigious Riverton Prize for best crime fiction novel in 2011. He was again awarded the Riverton Prize 2016 for the crime novel A Fifth Season.

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Sikre tegn på din død, 2013
Ildmannen, 2011
Døden ved vann, 2009
Se meg, Medusa, 2007
Overlord, 2006

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The Riverton Prize 2011 and 2016

Edited July 29, 2019 by Cappelen Damm Agency