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Death Deserved (Blix & Ramm Book 1) Kindle Edition
Police officer Alexander Blix and celebrity blogger Emma Ramm join forces to track down a serial killer with a thirst for attention and high-profile murders, in the first episode of a gripping new Nordic Noir series…
‘Grim, gory and filled with plenty of dark twists … There’s definitely a Scandinavian chill in the air with this fascinating read that loses none of its terror and fun in translation’ Sun
‘An exercise in literary tag-teaming from two of Norway’s biggest crime writers with a bold new take on the serial-killer-as-twisted-artist … the start of a series with potential’ Sunday Times
Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been pinned to the TV.
Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missing-persons investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl. Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated … evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing…
Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flare for the dramatic, and thirst for attention.
Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it…
‘This tale often surprises or shifts in subtle ways that are pleasing and avoid cliché. As the opener for a new series this is a cracker, long live the marriage of Horst and Enger’ New Books Magazine
‘Death Deserved is a fast-moving, punchy, serial killer investigative novel with a whammy of an ending. If this is the first in the Blix and Ramm series, then here’s to many more!’ LoveReading
‘A stunningly excellent collaboration from Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst …. It’s a brutal tale of fame, murder, and reality TV that gets the pulse racing’ Russel McLean
‘Now — what happens when you put two of the most distinguished writers of Nordic noir in tandem? Death Deserved by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst suggests it was a propitious publishing move; a ruthless killer is pursued by a tenacious celebrity blogger and a damaged detective’ Financial Times
‘A clever, gripping crime novel with personality, flair, and heart’ Crime by the Book
- ASIN : B07XBW6SFN
- Publisher : ORENDA BOOKS; Reprint edition (6 December 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 648 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 377 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 26,555 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Detective Alexander Blix was a police officer that was prepared to push the boundaries when hunting a murderer, especially when someone’s life was at stake. Which didn’t always impress his boss Gard Fosse, who went by the book with everything he did. The spotlight is now on the police with the latest killer out there targeting famous people, which came to light when one of the countries greatest athletes, Sonja Nordstrom goes missing. Blix finds an ally in Emma Ramm, a journalist working for news.no as a celebrity blogger. This of course doesn’t make Gard Fosse very happy, but Emma is turning out to be quite a good investigative reporter. There is a lot to like about this book, and I would certainly recommend it as a very enjoyable read. 5/5 Star Rating.
Although this could be considered a nordic noir novel, I found it to be less dark than many others of that genre. It's well constructed and the translated version a pleasurable read. (Thanks to Anne Bruce.) Very highly recommended.
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The novel opens with a horrifying scene when Detective Alexander Blix is called to a domestic dispute which ends in catastrophe. There is a high level of tension in this opening scene, paving the way for what is to follow. At this point in time, Alexander has no idea how much of an effect this night will have on events which are to follow.
Fast forward to the present, and the police are handed a high profile case when Sonja Nordstrøm, a local celebrity, goes missing after she fails to turn up for a television interview to promote her latest book. The case takes a dark and terrifying turn, which sees Blix and his team racing against the clock to track down the person behind Sonja’s disappearance before they murder her. And it soon appears that she isn’t the only person in her kidnapper’s sight.
I really liked the element of mystery to this book. Enger and Horst kept me totally gripped as I tried to work out what had happened to Sonja. It really seemed that the police were fighting a losing battle, and the book kept me wondering how they were going to track down the person responsible and find Sonja. You really do get the sense that they’re running out of time to achieve this.
I also liked Blix’s relationship with journalist, Emma Ramn. We begin to see this develop throughout the course of the book, although it doesn’t always look good on Blix’s part when Emma publishes elements of the police investigation. This causes some frictions between him and his superiors who see him as the cause of the leaks. I could see that Blix and Emma genuinely did like each other and that Blix cared for her. He wants to make sure she’s safe, but Emma is keen to be involved in the investigation, and she sails close to danger. This did make me wonder if their friendship would eventually fizzle out. But I think I would like to see it carried forward in future books. And I’m hoping that we’re not going to have to wait too long for the next book.
I’m always intrigued at how two different people can write the same book, but the writing flows seamlessly here. Each character sprang from the page, and the plot was very well executed.
This is an absolutely brilliant book that I would highly recommend. I can’t wait to read more from this series. Very satisfying and extremely well written!
We then fast forward twenty odd years and the two detectives are in the same team but both have very different approaches to their job. Enter Detective Alexander Blix and Chief Inspector Gard Foss who are drawn together as celebrity athlete Sonja Nordstrøm is reported missing by freelance celebrity blogger Emma Ramm and from there on, the bodies just keep coming and the stakes grow higher as Blix comes under pressure as the killer seems to be prowling closer and closer to his personal life.
Blix is one of those Detectives whom you really should shake your head at, his conduct can be considered questionable at times but as the past is slowly uncovered it is not so difficult to understand what drives the man. With an ex-wife who seems to have moved on and a daughter who seems to have disowned him there is a real vulnerability about this character and I do admit to giving a bit of a fist pump when he and Foss clash!
A strong solid plot that kept me guessing as the killer lays out some very subtle clues and here celebrity blogger comes into her own. Watching these two characters together was dynamite, almost like a TV series playing out in my head, I could really see a strong partnership develop between the two of them. On the other hand the tension between Blix and Foss is palpable and would make for some serious good TV.
It’s hard to believe this was written jointly, there was no feeling of disconnect between characters, plot, pacing or setting, they all flowed beautifully together. Short, sharp chapters kept the pace just perfect and allowed for that “just one more chapter” moment that every bookworm loves! A real cat and mouse feel, we watch the killer play deadly games with the detectives until a nail-biting, ticking clock climax where I read so fast I had to go back a few times and re-read!
Death Deserved, this one deserves to fly off the shelves!
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In fairness, the pairing of the detective, Blix and blogger, Emma has potential. Reminded me of the Stig Larsson novels. However, a better storyline is required and some atmosphere injected.
I’ve read many of the books by both authors and have never been disappointed so considering their abilities this book is a surprise but not in a good way.