#BlogTour #Review ~ Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl @OrendaBooks #OsloDetectives #NordicNoir

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 ponders the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda investigates a disturbingly similar cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway and 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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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Orenda (15 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910633275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910633274                                         About the 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.

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My Review

It’s my first time reading Kjell Ola Dah, but I have been dipping my toe into Nordic Noir recently and knowing that this is an Orenda book I was convinced it would be an interesting experience. The cover alone looks dark and inviting.

Apparently Gunnarstranda and Frølich the Oslo Detectives have appeared in other books but I have no idea where this one sits in the series, suffice to say it flowed perfectly and I didn’t need any prior knowledge. Like all police procedurals there is tension and suspicion surrounding the crimes, the thing I particularly like about this story is the way in which it is detailed.

The writing is crisp but relaxed if that makes sense, it has been translated into English which could stilt the rhythm but it has been done so smoothly it’s like reading about a couple of British cops on the beat. The laid back humour mixed with drama.

Frank Frølich has a personal connection to one of the murders and the twists and turns as the investigation continues opens up a lot of questions, we encounter some shady characters, Gunnarstranda locates another body but are the two victims connected?

This moves along at a steady pace, it is certainly a book you will want to read in a couple of sittings. The webs are woven, the spine tingles and in places it has an eerie feel. I was kept guessing what the outcome was going to be and entertained throughout trying to solve the connections.

If you haven’t yet tried this genre then give it a go, an effortless read with maximum satisfaction. I will be seeking these guys out again!

Thanks to the author and Orenda for inviting me onto the tour .. I read and reviewed voluntarily 

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