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Dregs : The William Wisting Series : Book 1 - Jorn Lier Horst


The William Wisting Series : Book 1

Paperback Published: 3rd July 2017
ISBN: 9781925475500
Number Of Pages: 320

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Chief Inspector William Wisting is an experienced policeman familiar with the dark side of human nature. He lives in challenging times for the Norwegian police force, meeting them with integrity and humanity, and a fragile belief that he can play a part in creating a better world.

Dregs begins with a police report giving the place and time of the discovery of a training shoe washed up on the sand, containing a severed foot. Soon a second shoe is washed up, but it is another left foot. What is the explanation for this? Has there been some kind of terrible accident at sea? Does it indicate the killing and dismembering of two victims? Is there a link with the unsolved mystery of a number of disappearances in the Larvik area in recent months? In this gripping police procedural, Wisting gradually gets to the bottom of the mystery with the help of his all too human colleagues and his journalist daughter, Line.

About the Author

Jorn Lier Horst (born in Bamble, Telemark 1970) is a former Senior Investigating Officer at the Norwegian police force. He made his literary debut as a crime writer in 2004 and is now considered one of the foremost Nordic crime writers. His William Wisting series of crime novels has been extremely successful, having sold more than 500,000 copies in Scandinavia, UK, Germany, Netherlands and Thailand. Dregs was published in English by Sandstone Press in 2011. The next book, Closed for Winter, won Norway’s Booksellers’ Prize in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Riverton Prize. The Hunting Dogs, won both the prestigious Golden Revolver, for best Norwegian crime, and The Glass Key, which widened the scope to best crime fiction in all the Nordic countries, in 2013.

Industry Reviews

Yes indeed, Jorn Leir Horst has once more written a well-founded and tense crime novel, with space for both the expected and the downright surprising. At his best, the author is both a sociologist and a philosopher. - Terje Stemland, AftenPosten

Excellent Scandinavian noir. A good mystery well written


Very good descriptions of landscape and climate. It does seem to rain a lot in Norway!

Harden Murrumburrah


Weak story and badly written and/or translated


This is just a bad book. It's either badly written or badly translated or both - and was so un-engaging that I found several times that I'd read a page and just hadn't taken anything in and had to re-read it. And clumsy - like in the scene where the main character writes himself a post-it note to remember to call the doctor and puts it in the middle of his computer screen - and in the next paragraph does some searching on his computer. Really? With the post-it note stuck in the middle of it? The plot is really thin and obvious and I just didn't care what happened in the end - didn't finish it. The bar is really high for crime fiction and there are so many great examples - and I think this author has got traction because of that and the association with some brilliant 'Scandi-noir' TV - but it's really poor and NOT WORTH IT. Henning Mankel it ain't. :(

Melbourne, Australia



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ISBN: 9781925475500
ISBN-10: 1925475506
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3rd July 2017
Publisher: Affirm Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1

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Jorn Lier Horst

About the Author

Bestselling author Jørn Lier Horst is a Former Senior Investigating Officer from Norway and recently winner of the Glass Key Award for the best Nordic Crime Novel and the prestigious Martin Beck Award. He made his debut in 2004 with the crime novel Key Witness, based on a true murder story. His crime novels has been extremely successful in Europe and is characterised by political and social commentary subtext.

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