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Faithless

Published Date: 14th November 2016

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Description

Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich are back … and this time, it’s personal…

When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her … and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he begins to look deeper into the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda finds another body, and things take a more sinister turn. With a cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway casting a shadow, and an unsettling number of coincidences clouding the plot, Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers – and the killer – before he strikes again.

Dark, brooding and utterly chilling, Faithless is a breath-taking and atmospheric page-turner that marks the return of an internationally renowned and award-winning series, from one of the fathers of Nordic Noir.

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‘Regularly described as the godfather of Nordic Noir, Dahl has an international reputation for skilfully plotted police procedurals’ The Daily Mail

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‘Veteran Norwegian writer Dahl doesn’t command the acclaim of his flashier Scandi counterparts, but he should. His latest novel, another outing for Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frolich, is a masterclass in plotting, atmosphere and character that finely balances shocking twists with the coppers’ complicated personal lives.’ The Times Crime Club

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‘This is a chilling novel about betrayal, written in a hard-boiled style that highlights the careless misogyny of Dahl’s characters.’ The Crime Roundup in The Sunday Times

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‘Dark, stylish and suspenseful, Faithless is the perfect example of why Nordic Noir has become such a popular genre.’ Faithless was recommended in Reader’s Digest as a best new book to read in May. Reader’s Digest

Author

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

Translator

Don Bartlett lives with his family in a village in Norfolk. He completed an MA in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia in 2000 and has since worked with a wide variety of Danish and Norwegian authors, including Jo Nesbø and Karl Ove Knausgård. He has previously translated The Consorts of Death and Cold Hearts in the Varg Veum series.

Online Reviews

 

‘Although a complete departure from my usual reading/reviewing I found the story gripping from start to finish.  This may well have started an addiction to Nordic Crime novels as well as TV series! As the cover of Faithless says ‘Kjell Ola Dahl’s novels are superb. If you haven’t read one yet, you need to  – right now.’’ Jo Lambert Writer

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‘I am definitely on the case with the next Frølich and Gunnarstranda- there’s a lot to like and a lot to get your teeth in to. A bit like a meaty feast of a pie when you think about it. Satisfying. But leaves you looking forward to the next serving. Really enjoyed getting my teeth in to this one.’ The Book Trail

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‘I felt this book was written at a superb pace. No information overload, just a nice steady story that holds your interest the entire time you read it. Some police procedural’s tend to be so over dramatic, and almost generic feeling. FAITHLESS did not have this problem. The more I read, the more I found myself connecting with Frank and Lena, I want to know their back stories. I want to know what makes them who they are, and who they were. Now that I know these books exist, I fully intend on reading the rest of the series, albeit a bit backwards, I’m drawn in and I am craving more.’ The Pages in Between

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Faithless reads like classic crime, with well-developed characters, an atmospheric setting and a tangled web of secrets and lies. It’s a whodunnit set in the modern world but with many throwbacks to the past. Nordic Noir detectives seem to use their heads and old fashioned investigations more than technology when putting together the clues to solve their cases. I had no inkling about where the story was going, or who the culprit was, or even how everything was going to be resolved, before the end. A great surprise and a highly satisfying conclusion.’ Off the Shelf Books

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‘A sinister edge hovers over the characters, ready to slice and cut, while the complexity of the investigation sent my mind into overdrive. Information is slowly revealed, creating tension, pushing anticipation forwards. The plot runs a jagged course, twisting through story, all the while building to a dramatic conclusion. If you love Nordic Noir, then look no further, ‘Faithless’ is a fiercely powerful and convincing read.’ Love Reading

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‘The author delivers a captivating read and mixes his specific panache with a Nordic Noir style. He pulls the reader along for a wild ride of suspicions, accusations and rash decisions. The Gunnarstranda and Frølich books can be read as stand-alone novels. You don’t really need the back-story to get the gist of it. Either way you’re in for a great read.’ M M Cheryl

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As part of the blog tour, Kjell talks about which books he would add to the secret library. Café Thinking

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‘The twists and turns of this story were brilliantly plotted and I rather enjoyed the journey of discovery far more than I had expected to. The translator has kept it crisp and current with a seamless transition from the original work … And now I’ve discovered the Oslo Detectives I’m looking forward to following them on their future cases!’ My Chestnut Tree Reading

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Kjell writes a guest post about his different characters as part of the blog tour. Shots Mag

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‘Lena’s investigations were the most worrying and she was the character who I liked the most. She had faults but she was in no denial about what they were. The ending was intriguing. I know the book was originally published a few years before translation and I’m eager to find out how it continues. I hope I don’t have long to wait.’ Steph’s Book Blog

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‘If you like Nesbo or any Nordic / Crime Noir stories, then this series should float your boat. As I mentioned, the full series isn’t translated yet but that shouldn’t stop you from diving right in. I thought the ending was fantastic. It has made me want to check out the next book. A very enjoyable and unique read.’ Constant Reader

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‘The violence in this book is not hidden but it is not necessarily graphic in detail either. The setting is vivid and beautifully described and this is also a feature of Nordic noir which has me hooked. The way in which Dahl has captured the essence of the country within the pages, the ethics, the landscape, the lifestyle, seems effortless.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews

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Faithless is an elaborately plotted, well-constructed and gratifying read that questions the basis of friendship and reflects on wrong actions being taken for the right reasons. Dahl always has a confident grasp of his material, even while he is demonstrating the eggshell-thin fragility of the line between good and evil.’ Claire Thinking

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‘Overall, I found this an enjoyable read – there are some serious twists in here, and though it took me a little while to get into it I was gripped by the end (what an end!).’ Earl Grey and Cupcakes

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‘The story flows effortlessly, weaving each section cleverly together with its expertly detailed settings and in-depth characters until it is seamless. FAITHLESS gave me chills aplenty and I read this book in 3 hours – yes it is that good. FAITHLESS by Kjell ola dahl is part of a series but can be read independently. This book starts a new addiction to the Nordic Noir genre for me and I cannot wait to get buying.’

 Books of All Kinds

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‘The mystery itself has enough twists and turns to keep your brain busy, it was a really really engaging read. Oh, also, Killer ending. KILLER. Something I’ve been seeing a few times this year in my reading and am loving the sudden crop of authors writing clever and unpredictable finale’s – here is another one. Kudos. Overall a tense, intelligent and character driven crime mystery that I have no trouble at all recommending. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series as they are translated.’ Liz Loves Books

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‘I did find the characterization to be strong and while the resolution of one of the mysteries seemed to be pretty lackluster, the other one was a surprise. I always love to be fooled and the author managed to pull one over on me in terms of the murder.’ It’s Book Talk

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‘The pacing of Faithless was exactly how I liked it, not rushed but instead built up and teased out in a slower, steadier pace, burning with tension and haunting with its lingering prose …I don’t think I’ve been this engrossed in a book like this for a long time. The author had me absolutely hooked from the moment we discover Veronika has been murdered and though I could not wait to discover what had happened to her, I was disappointed that the book had to come to an end because I was enjoying it too much. I’m a big fan of that ending though, and I will be recommending this book for a long time to come.’ Book Drunk

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‘This is a skillfully written book that takes you on a journey with the characters and lets you see and feel exactly what they do without getting bogged down in extraneous information.  It’s almost as crisp and clear as I imagine the winters in Norway are and I think that is what makes it so good.  This is definitely a book that crime fiction fans, especially those who love police procedurals are likely to enjoy but I would also recommend it for anyone who wants something a little different, or perhaps wants to try a new author.  There are so many authors out there to choose from but you won’t go far wrong if you pick this one.’ Book Lover Worm Blog

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FAITHLESS will appeal to readers of Jorn Lier Horst and Gunnar Staalesen – readers of classic Nordic Noir will feel right at home in this world. Though it’s technically part of a series, new readers will have no trouble jumping in with FAITHLESS. This book is intelligently crafted and infused with a truly unique personality. Combine its slow-burning police procedural with a truly edge-of-your-seat finale, and I wholly enjoyed my first Kjell Ola Dahl read.’ Crime By The Book

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‘All and all is this book terrific. The book different stories, different cases that all interested me, and I found myself quite liking both Frølich and Gunnarstranda. The ending left me wanting the next book, a bit of a cliffhanger situation that made me wonder what will happen next…’ Bookaholic Swede

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‘This skilful blend of police procedural and psychological insight helps if you haven’t read any previous novels in the series too, as it gives you a feel for the main characters. Despite leaving out some of the context you’ll need, this volume works reasonably well as a standalone, although it does whet your appetite to find out more about this group of detectives.’ Crime Fiction Lover

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‘I don’t want to say much about the plot, but it’s very cleverly done and there were many twists and red herrings. The writing is sharp, crisp and precise and though it’s a slow burner, in the end things really heat up. Everything culminates in a shocking conclusion that left me reeling in the best possible way.’

 Novel Gossip

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‘This isn’t a fast paced book but it grabs your attention and keeps you reading, the story has many twists and turns and I really wasn’t sure where the author was taking us and how it would end but it all tied up brilliantly and actually left me so disappointed I’d finished the book. This being the first book I’ve read in the Nordic Noir genre it’s really given me the taste for it, I thoroughly enjoyed Faithless and I’ll definitely be looking out for more books in the same genre.’ It’s All About The Books

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‘I have read but with luck, Orenda will publish a few more so that I can find out what happens next! In short: an intriguing psychological crime novel which feels fresh and surprising from the first page to the last.’ Books Life & Everything

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‘I really liked the female police officer Lena who is feisty, smart and sassy. She really shows her worth in the last few chapters. Although the book is quite slow paced it does really pick up speed in the last few chapters and had me on the edge of my seat! The ending leaves an definite opening for the nest instalment whicch i will definitely be awaiting!’ Wrong Side of Forty

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‘There is plenty of suspense, mystery, lies and red herrings wrapped up in a relatively short novel. I loved the old fashioned police work and the setting for this novel and was completely and utterly wrapped in the moment. The norwegian setting worked really well for this story, and it would also work well as one of the television series of the genre I love so much.’ Reflections of a Reader

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‘The author deftly manages a number of different plot strands – a missing Nigerian woman, a spate of burglaries and the discovery of a dead body that has chilling echoes of an earlier murder.   Dahl constantly plays with the reader’s expectations of how these different strands might come together and introduces a number of plausible suspects to keep one guessing right up to the end. I was certainly led up a few garden paths to some red herrings!’ What Cathy Read Next

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Faithless marked my introduction to the works of Kjell Ola Dahl. Frølich has appeared in previous novels but I didn’t feel that I needed to have read the earlier books to keep up with events in Faithless – it stands well on its own. Given how much I enjoyed this book I am keen to try others in the series, especially if there is a book which follows Faithless because THAT ENDING totally shocked me. Clearly I am not going to say why, but I was left wanting more after a breath-taking finale to the story.’ Grab This Book

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‘As I am beginning to realise with Nordic Noir, the pace is of a slower nature but still builds tension beautifully. I really liked Dahl’s writing style which is edgy, realistic and atmospheric. Faithless is brilliantly translated by Don Barlett, the narrative is seamless with little hint that this was first written in Norwegian. I really enjoyed Faithless and fans of translated fiction and crime will not be disappointed. I will be looking out for more from Dahl and his protagonists Frølich and Gunnarstranda.’ Have Books Will Read

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‘The characters are well-developed and the plot is nicely twisty, keeping you guessing up to the end. Our detectives rely on good old fashioned police work, getting out and talking to people, pounding the streets and piecing the puzzle together bit by bit. It’s a classic police procedural in that sense, with a nice psychological angle and a fantastic ending.’ Espresso Coco

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Faithless is classic Nordic Noir in that the pace is slow, the clues are layed out gradually, and the detectives work fairly methodically. The sentence structure was often short and choppy which did take some getting used to on my part. One thing I really appreciated, however, was the linear timeline.’

It’s Book Talk 

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‘There was something rather chilling and intense in the drama that began to unfold from page one. This is a clever piece of writing the internationally renowned writer who writes in a very atmospheric style that sets the tone for a Norwegian thriller with some very dark and twisting undercurrents. You feel you are being slowly sucked into the story and before you realise it you have raced through half the book.’ The Last Word Book Review

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‘Once again, the book is flawlessly plotted, with a beautifully nuanced translation by Don Bartlett ( a Raven favourite due to his wonderful translations of Per Petterson and Karl Ove Knausgaard) which strikes exactly the right chord throughout. With the Scandinavian crime market positively bursting at the seams, the quality of its runners and riders is becoming more obvious with a greater pool of authors to choose from. Dahl firmly remains one of the front runners for this reader, and if you haven’t read him before, start right here. Highly recommended.’ Raven Crime Reads

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‘This is a well-crafted procedural with various twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. With well-developed characters, it’s a good, solid, slice of Nordic noir.’ The Crime Novel Reader

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‘So, who is faithless, how, and why? Saying too much would spoil the story, but I think most of the characters are, in different ways – not all of them in bad ways, admittedly, but there is a lot of darkness here, in a book that’s set in the long Northern summer days. I’m now eagerly looking forward to hearing more about the Oslo Detectives.’ Blue Book Balloon

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Kjell takes part in an interview with Lucy V Hay as part of the blog tour. Criminally Good

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‘A police procedural with an edge and a deftly woven plot, this is great crime fiction. But it was the stuccato prose and short-but-page-turning chapters that enveloped the novel and added to the eeriness of the reading experience. It drew me in as I bounced along with the rhythm of the writing – greatly crafted by both the author and the translator. Now excuse me while I go and find the previous installments of this series…’ Christina Philippou

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Kjell talks about books that have inspired him in a segment called My Life in Books as part of the blog tour. Random Things Through my Letter Box

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‘The case develops at a bit of a plodding case and is a little corny in places; ‘As Marilyn sings so convincingly, “Diamonds are a girls best friend”‘, but at other times Kjell delivers the vividly brutal sort of scenes we’ve come to expect. These are interspersed with banter about Sinatra and the Rat Pack which seem out of place but perhaps I’m missing something by not having read the other novels featuring Gunnarstranda and Frolich (I probably will put this right). ‘

Words Shortlist

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‘THAT ENDING THOUGH! Just when you think you know how a book is going to end, and the writer decides “hehe, that would be too easy” and then blows your mind! Ola Dahl performed this manoeuvre beautifully. Orenda know exactly what they are doing when they release books of this calibre!’

 The P Turners Book Blog

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‘The book is very well written and descriptive. It appears to have been excellently researched in the area of forensics, which is an interest of mine. It has a very well constructed plot. It reads well as a standalone novel . I liked Frolich. He comes across as a hardworking and dedicated officer, who loves his job. I would have liked to have known a bit more about him.’ Bookalicious

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‘The writing throughout is intense and controlled with the many threads providing the reader with a wide range of suspicions before the final reveals. A darkly entertaining thriller that kept me guessing to the end.’ Never Imitate

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Portobello Book blog gives a sneak peek at the first two chapters of the book as part of the blog tour. Portobello Book Blog

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Faithless is chilling and compulsive reading and a great gateway to reading Nordic noir. Easily read in one sitting as the atmosphere consumes you and the story’s twists and turns take you on a thrilling ride to the ending which is absolutely stunning.’ Life of a Nerdish Mum

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‘The book has very short chapters so it is excellent for readers who like to squeeze in a chapter at bedtime before sleeping.  It is by no means a story that appears in a straight line to the reader. This book twists and turns and interconnects like Spaghetti Junction. Faithless is the fifth of his books to be translated into English I shall look forward to reading any more of the Oslo Detectives series if they come my way.’ Nordic Noir

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‘Some of the chapters had me gripping my seat, shocked. Faithless did not go the way I thought it would! The ending is shocking! I loved it! Faithless is a fantastic foray into the world of the Oslo Detectives. It’s an unforgettable novel that, I found, warrants a moment of silence after closing the book to fully come to terms with just how exceptional it is.’ Ronnie Turner

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‘The stately prose and style is that of a master (expertly translated by Don Bartlett); precise and clinical without a spare word and packing plenty of punch … here we are with yet another master of the genre on her list. Unbelievable amount of talent and beautiful prose.’ Mumbling About

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‘With a crisp no nonsense narrative and a compelling storyline that held my interest right until the very end I would highly recommend this book to fans of Scandi Noir or just crime fiction fans in general who enjoy a good old fashioned nose to the grindstone police procedural novel. I’m now planning to read more from this series, although I understand not all have been translated yet.’

 Mrs Bloggs Books

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Faithless is a subtly disconcerting read with an ending that takes you totally by surprise. I liked it for its genuineness, its realism and the fact it concentrates on the nitty-gritty detective work. If you like police procedurals that take you into the heart of the work detectives carry out you will enjoy Faithless.’

 Bloomin Brilliant Books

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‘In keeping with the hallmarks of the genre, there is an unfathomable darkness looming on the horizon.  The tension slowly mounts whilst Dahl masterfully leads his readers on a journey of misdirection and plays with their minds, but all the while the darkness swells until Dahl cunningly stuns his audience and leaves them dumbfounded.  The plot is clever and the numerous strands of the plot weave so eloquently together to form a conclusion that readers will thoroughly enjoy.’

 The Quiet Knitter

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‘What you will find with Faithless is a slow-burning and subtle story, with hidden depths and some excellent characterisation. I loved the way that Kjell Old Dahl unravelled the threads of the story,  making the reader work alongside him as he wove it back together to create a thoroughly unexpected ending. Faithless is a suspenseful story, with superb characters and an utterly engaging plot. I really enjoyed reading it, and I look forward to reading more from Kjell Ola Dahl in the future.’

Bibliophile Book Club

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‘I enjoyed the fact that this was a crime procedural novel so had a relatively slower pace than break neck thrillers which can sometimes leave the reader feeling exhausted.  That is not to say that the story is slow going and there are plenty of twists and surprises to keep you guessing right up to the last page, I just thought that the switching of point of view held me in suspense and was much more gripping as a result.’ Shaz’s Book Blog

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‘The sedateness of the book isn’t off putting, it provides intrigue that kept me reading. And I am so glad I did, the second half of the book gathered pace, not to the full extent of some crime thrillers I’ve read – it was no grand prix but it definitely hit something above the national speed limit as the two investigations climaxed with Frølich in the midst of it all. There were plenty of twists and surprises along the way!’ Crime Book Junkie

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‘This one read like a classic police procedural style thriller; there are no bells and whistles, just a pure slow burning game of cat and mouse. In fact, for whatever reason, this one reminded me of the crime thriller films of the 90s like Basic Instinct and Se7en; all protagonists with dark pasts and eerie storylines that get too close to their investigations. I was genuinely surprised at the direction the end of this novel took; it came completely out of left field and I was seriously impressed. Talk about a way to push the plot into a new direction!’ Clues and Reviews

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‘The novel does a good job of capturing a realistic range of different personalities working on a squad and uses an interesting method of following multiple cases to do so. If you’re looking for a dramatic, fast-paced and character focused crime read, FAITHLESS is a good option for you, particularly if you have read others in the Oslo Detectives series!’ The Crime Review

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‘Add to this Frølich’s personal involvement with the prime suspect in the murder, and you have the recipe for a chilling, psychological drama. If you haven’t, like myself, read any of the earlier books in the Oslo Detectives series, you will find enough background and context here to make this a more than gripping novel … This story is in many ways a good, old-style whodunnit and revolves as much around the character of Frølich himself and his past as around the perpetrator of the crimes.’

European Literature Network

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Kjell talks to reader’s digest about 7 essential reads in the Nordic Noir genre. Reader’s Digest 

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