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The Cabin Paperback – 19 March 2020
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It's been fifteen years since Simon Meier walked out of his house, never to be seen again.
And just one day since politician Bernard Clausen was found dead at his cabin on the Norwegian coast.
When Chief Inspector William Wisting is asked to investigate he soon discovers he may have found the key to solving Meier's disappearance.
But doing so means he must work with an old adversary to piece together what really happened all those years ago.
It's a puzzle that leads them into a dark underworld on the trail of Clausen's interests and vices . A shady place from which may never emerge - especially when he finds it leads closer to home than he ever could have imagined.
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Impeccably crafted police procedural ― Sunday Times Crime Club
A well-crafted, atmospheric, character-driven thriller - I couldn't put it down! ― Alex Dahl, author of The Boy At The Door
Up there with the best of the Nordic crime writers-- Marcel Berlin ― The Times
Jørn Lier Horst is one of the most brilliantly understated crime novelists writing today-- Joan Smith ― Sunday Times
Plotting reigns supreme. Fortunately, that's Horst's primary skill ― Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
A good Nordic police procedural with well-drawn characters― Choice Magazine
A nail biting deftly plotted thriller by a Norwegian police officer turned bestselling author ― Saga Magazine
Lier Horst's novels stand comparison with the best police procedurals from anywhere in the world . . . polished and stylish . . . Wisting is a cracking creation . . . this is a riveting police procedural, it's a page turner, inventive and thrilling by turns ― NB Magazine
If you liked Wallander you'll enjoy this too ― Crime Fiction Lover
One of the finest novels in one of the best police procedural series out there and a more than decent slice of scandi-noir too ― NB
Jørn Lier Horst writes some of the best Scandinavian crime fiction available. His books are superbly plotted and addictive, the characters wonderfully realised ― Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
Another good, solid police procedural ― Connaught Telegraph
Praise for Jørn Lier Horst ― -
Up there with the best of the Nordic crime writers -- Marcel Berlin ― The Times
Jørn Lier Horst is one of the most brilliantly understated crime novelists writing today -- Joan Smith ― Sunday Times
A good Nordic police procedural with well-drawn characters ― Choice Magazine
Pure evil in a solid Wisting crime novel. /..../ Jørn Lier Horst delivers credible crime fiction as always ― Norway
With Ill Will, Jørn Lier Horst claims the number one spot on the winner's podium. /.../ Ill Will is the most brutal and ruthless novel penned by Horst to date. A ruthlessness that Horst delivers with elegance. /.../ The interplay between father and daughter, the police man and the journalist, is once again brilliantly portrayed ― Norway
- Publisher : Michael Joseph; 1st edition (19 March 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405941618
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405941617
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 134,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It began well, promising a gripping read. However it fell into a heavy dialogue driven, drawn out story that offered little to engage, and lacked some credibility with the role of Wisting’s daughter.
My first time read for this author and it disappointed, sadly
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Another review calls this a formulaic style of writing but I disagree. The author is a former senior Police investigator and the book forms part of a series of novels. Solving crime takes tried and tested methods learnt as an investigator and this shines through in the writing. There is a good balance of police method and descriptive action as well as an unfolding story with bits of evidence being revealed in the course of the plot. I did sort of guess part of the ending quite early on but it did not detract from the reading enjoyment. The characters are believable and brought to life through this and the former books in the series. Wistings personal life moves on with each novel without the need to have read all that came before it. This book was a good companion to the first part of the quartet and will hopefully follow on seamlessly into the next part.
Written by a former detective, and drawing on his inside knowledge of Norwegian policing, the story interweaves two main threads which become connected: the discovery of a large store of cash, apparently untouched for 15 years, in the holiday cabin of a deceased politician; and the disappearance, presumed drowned, of a man at around the same time.
William Wisting, the lead detective, is refreshingly ordinary compared with many of the dysfunctional types that frequent crime fiction. He’s mid-fifties, widowed, with a daughter and granddaughter, and I like the fact that he just gets on with the job - patiently following up leads, and sifting the clues as they come. He’s also happy to embrace new technology, which features quite heavily in the narrative.
The story unfolds at a good pace, and the conclusion is reasonably satisfying. The text is very readable, and well-translated from the original Norwegian. The dialogue is crisp and to the point, and the inevitable plot recaps are well blended into the narrative.
A couple of negatives though. As with the previous story, his daughter, now a freelance reporter, becomes heavily involved with the investigation, and the pretext for this isn’t entirely convincing; and following the discovery of the cash (worth several millions), he decides to store it in his own basement at home, which contributes to the plot, but seemed highly implausible.
These quibbles aside, The Cabin is a well-crafted tale that I can recommend to fans of the Scandi detective genre, though it isn’t particularly ‘noir’. I look forward to the next episode in the quartet.
I enjoyed it immensely but would say that a great deal of patience is required in reading it. The approach that Wisting uses, as in being meticulous in studying the facts, causes the book to be detailed and slow-paced. This is not an action-packed thriller, it's more a book that takes it's time to achieve it's goals - the rewards that Jorn Lier Horst reluctantly eventually gives.
If you are interested in an extremely slow-paced story then you might well find some solace through out 'The Cabin'. This is a very well scoped piece of work without becoming a typical 'Nordic noir' thriller. It is procedural and well thought out and manages to convey elements of a thriller but one that focuses on tension rather than thrills. Something it does very well.
After reading it, I found that the conclusion was a surprise but not a shock and overall I'm thinking that I would have given it 5 stars if it had more atmosphere and character development but still, a good piece of writing., written by a writer with accurate knowledge for the events.