Synopses & Reviews
A string of murders sucks the Oslo Detectives into a maelstrom of dark secrets in the latest from the master of Norwegian crime writing.
Award-winning author K.O. Dahl has achieved international acclaim with his Oslo Detectives series featuring inspectors Frølich and Gunnarstranda. Now he presents the riveting fourth book in the series, combining rare psychological insight and elegant prose.
Lethal Investments opens seven years prior to the case that started it all: The Fourth Man. Its the early nineties, and Oslo is driven by the rapid success of the IT boom. When Reiden Rosendal, a beautiful young woman, is found brutally murdered in her apartment, Inspectors Gunnarstranda and Frølichs top suspect is her lover—until hes discovered dead, too. A trail of clues points the team towards the software company where Reidun worked—a labyrinth of secrets where employees business and the private lives intertwine in a thick web of hurried sexual dalliances, hushed affairs, and downright lies. When yet another body connected to Reidun surfaces, Gunnarstranda and Frølich must race against time to lay bare the murderers dark secrets and stop the senseless killing.
Once again, Dahl's dark, lyrical writing and haunting, atmospheric setting bring new life to the modern noir mystery.
"Dahl's debut mystery, which in 1993 introduced odd couple Oslo policemen Inspector Gunnarstranda and Frank Frolich, marks his fourth published in English after 2009's The Last Fix. Fifty-seven-year-old widower Gunnarstranda has a sharp wit, and sharper tongue, belying his slight, unprepossessing appearance. The much younger and larger Frolich looks up to his boss, but has his own valuable part to play in their investigation into the brutal knife slaying of beautiful Reidun Rosendal. The pair quickly locates an eyewitness, albeit a questionable one, elderly Arvid Johansen, and the victim's final lover, Sigurd Klavestad, but to no conclusive avail. Even more suspects, as well as confusion, turn up in Reidun's former workplace, A/S Software Partners, a company seething with feuds and secrets. That the firm is missing its marketing director suggests that there's more to the killing than an isolated crime. Series fans will relish the opportunity to see these two unorthodox sleuths work their magic together." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Lethal Investments:
"Series fans will relish the opportunity to see these two unorthodox sleuths work their magic together." --Publishers Weekly
International Praise for K.O. Dahl and the Oslo Detectives Series
"The new king of detective stories. He is the next Henning Mankell.” —Max (Germany)
"In a league of his own." —Aftenposten (Norway)
“Dahl is the shining star of the genre.” -Hamar Arbeiderblad (Norway)
“Dahl is a formidable talent.” —Booklist
“I have read many clever and thrilling crime novels through my life, but often they have nothing to do with real life. If I dont believe in them, they dont impress me. But when K.O. Dahl tells his stories, I believe every single word.” -Karin Fossum, author of Bad Intentions
“Gunnarstranda and Frølich rely on old-fashioned interview techniques, dogged comparisons of stories and time lines, to unravel the lies in a whodunit full of psychological insights.” -Publishers Weekly on The Last Fix
“An absorbing study of sexual enthrallment, dogged police work and a harrowing twist or two: Fans of procedurals…will snap this one up.” -Kirkus, on The Fourth Man
A string of murders sucks the Oslo Detectives into a maelstrom of dark secrets in the latest from the master of Norwegian crime writing
K.O. Dahls fourth installment in the Oslo Detective series is set seven years prior to the book that started it all: The Fourth Man. Its the early nineties, and Oslo is driven by the rapid success of the IT boom. The brutal murder of a beautiful girl employed at a software company becomes the point of departure for a puzzling investigation led by Inspectors Gunnarstranda and Frølich. The duo has a thick web of temporary sexual relations, affairs, and downright lies to straighten out in order to find the girls killer. When the girls lover and later her aggressive neighbor are also murdered, it becomes clear there are dark secrets that must be laid bare at any cost in order to stop the senseless killing.
Once again, Dahl's dark, lyrical writing and fresh setting bring new life to the modern noir mystery.
About the Author
Critics around the world have labeled K.O. DAHL as Norways answer to Henning Mankell. He has been awarded with the Riverton Prize for Best Norwegian Crime Novel of the Year, and has been nominated for Glasnyckeln (The Glass Key), Brage Literary Prize and the Martin Beck Award.