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Jorn Lier Horst

Jorn Lier Horst

Jørn Lier Horst (b. 1970) has worked as a policeman in Larvik since 1995 and now holds a position as the head of investigations at the local police office.


He made his literary debut as a crime writer in 2004 and has now published six books in his crime series set in southern Norway, the saga of Police Inspector William Wisting, his journalist daughter Line, and the team of criminal investigators at Larvik police station.

The author, who has himself several years’ experience as a Norwegian policeman, brings his knowledge to bear on the descriptions of police procedures and methodical detection work, while using his linguistic dexterity and impressive authorial technique to build up tension, delineate character and make excellent use of dialogue to bring the twists and turns of this narrative to life, engaging the empathy of the reader and ensuring that the novel is a memorable, taut and realistic thriller.

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