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Katharina Code: The Cold Case Quartet, Book 1 The Paperback – 20 August 2018
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- Publisher : Michael Joseph; 1st edition (20 August 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241364345
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241364345
- Dimensions : 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.3 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 613,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found the novel compelling: Wisting is a complex and empathetic character: honourable, wise but very human. The writing is sparse and unemotional in style and you can't fault the plotting. The fishing trip is one of the most suspenseful and tautly written episodes you will ever read (and I'm not a spoiler, so enough said!)
I will definitely be reading more of the Wisting series thanks to the previous reviewers who got me hooked.
The family firm of Wisting and daughter Line have a strange and enigmatic new police detective taking the lead in a cold case. We work our way through the case and another older case that is connected bringing detective Stilled into play.
My review is read it and enjoy a master at work.
The tale does not rise to a heart pounding climax but it does progress smoothly to a satisfying conclusion. If your preference is for a hard thriller, gory details, weapons actions and pursuits this is not for you. This novel is well written and reasoned out and so is very highly recommended.
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Wisting is no doubt semi-autobiographical as the author was formerly a police officer and head of investigations, prior to becoming a writer. That results in a realistic police procedural murder mystery.
There are short, punchy chapters that keep the book moving at a rapid pace - I flew through it in a few nights. It was also well-written with interesting characters. The premise itself - the solving of a cold case in Norway was interesting because it used to be the case that there was a statute of limitations on murder in that country, meaning someone could not be pursued once 25 years had passed since they committed the crime. According to Wikipedia, "The statute of limitations on murder was abolished by a change in law on 1 July 2014, causing any murders committed after 1 July 1989 to have no statute of limitations. This led to the national police force implementing a new investigation group for old cases called the "Cold Case" group." So, the premise of this novel is entirely feasible.
There were a few choices that were made that were unusual in the book - Wisting was sent in to search a house and to follow a suspect with whom he was supposed to be building trust. If he'd been spotted - plan over. I'm also not sure how much this was intended, but I felt extremely sorry for the murderer and felt less sympathetic with the position Wisting took at the end of the novel. I can't say more without giving the end away.
I will certainly be looking for more books by this author.
Chief Inspector William Wisting has kept in touch with Martin Haugen, the husband of Katharina Haugen; one of the missing women, for twenty four years, visiting him every year on the anniversary of her disappearance. When Wisting arrives at Martin’s house for his annual visit, the house is empty. With no answer from Martin’s mobile phone and no sign of him at work, Wisting is on the brink of launching a full blown missing person investigation. Events then take a turn when a senior detective from the cold cases group informs Wisting that Martin Haugen is a person of interest in the kidnapping of Nadia Krogh; a young lady believed to have been kidnapped around the same time that Katharina went missing.
Wisting embarks on a drawn out attempt to elicit a confession from Martin but such a confession could relate to either or both of the missing women. A ransom demand was made for Nadia Krogh but the money was never collected and the kidnapper’s demands stretched only to two letters composed from letters cut from a regional newspaper. Hardly the work of a criminal mastermind it would seem. As for Katharina, she appeared to have lost her ebullient nature shortly before her disappearance but it is the coded note left on her kitchen table that has and continues to intrigue Wisting. If only he could decipher the code, maybe he can solve both cases.
With much of the book focusing on dialogue between Wisting and Martin Haugen, the pace is fairly gentle. Having two missing people works well though as the possible scenarios are necessarily twofold and although nagging doubt says that the cases are linked, proof of this remains elusive.
A well paced story with no real villains rather every day people displaying very human traits and failings.