#Blogtour #Review: Smoke Screen by Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger @OrendaBooks @annecater @EngerThomas @LierHorst #SmokeScreen #RandomThingsTours #BlixandRamm #NordicNoir
Release date - 18th February 2021 (Paperback)
Book length - 276 pages
Publisher - Orenda
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I want to thank Anne from randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Oslo, New Year’s Eve.
The annual firework celebration is rocked by an explosion, and the city is put on terrorist alert.
Police officer Alexander Blix and blogger Emma Ramm are on the scene, and when a severely injured survivor is pulled from the icy harbour, she is identified as the mother of two-year-old Patricia Smeplass, who was kidnapped on her way home from kindergarten ten years earlier … and never found.
Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the unsolved case, as public interest heightens, the terror threat is raised, and it becomes clear that Patricia’s disappearance is not all that it seems…
Intense, gripping, and with plenty of twists and misdirections along the way, SMOKE SCREEN by Thomas Enger & Jørn Lier Horst, is one of the best Nordic crime fiction books that I have read in a long time.
When an explosion happens on New Year's Eve, terrorism is the word on everyone's lips. But when police officer, Alexander Blix discovers a severely injured victim from the scene it isn't long before he suspects that something else could be at play. For the woman is known to him - her daughter was kidnapped years ago and it is a case that has played on Blix's mind ever since. Did someone plant the bomb to kill someone specific or is it terror-related?
Journalist, Emma Ramm, was walking at the square on New Year's Eve when the bomb detonated but she never expected to discover the dead body of her boyfriend on the scene. Distraught by her grief and feelings of guilt, Emma needs something to throw herself into, so when she realises that Blix is onto something, she starts an investigation of her own.
As they both try to retrace the steps of those involved in a kidnapping that is over ten years old, will they be able to uncover the truth before someone else is killed? Or are they looking in the wrong place?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and couldn't put it down. I have met Blix and Ramm before in the first book in this series (Death Deserved) but this book just made me connect and enjoy them even more. There are plenty of drama, subterfuge, and suspects in this novel and I enjoyed trying to piece it all together alongside Blix and Ramm, but I have to admit I was slow to the truth and it surprised me (which is great!).
SMOKE SCREEN has that chilly, uneasy, atmosphere that makes you sit up straight and pay attention while you're reading, and I felt like I was there, trying to solve the case. It is a fantastic novel from a fantastic series, and I cannot wait for more.
Thomas Enger is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2010, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of five books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. Rights to the series have been sold to 28 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Killer Instinct, another Young Adult suspense novel, was published in Norway in 2017. Rights have been sold to Germany and Iceland. Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.
Jorn Lier Horst (born in Bamble, Telemark 1970) is a former Senior Investigating Officer in the Norwegian police force. He made his literary debut as a crime writer in 2004 and is now considered one of the foremost Nordic crime writers. His William Wisting series of crime novels has been extremely successful, having sold more than 1 million copies in Norway alone. The series has also been translated into thirty languages. Dregs, the sixth novel, was published in English by Sandstone Press in 2011. The next book, Closed for Winter, won Norway's Booksellers' Prize in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Riverton Prize (aka Golden Revolver). The Hunting Dogs won both the prestigious Golden Revolver for best Norwegian crime, and The Glass Key, which widened the scope to best crime fiction in all the Nordic countries, in 2013, as well as the Martin Beck Award from the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy in 2014. In 2016, The Caveman was honoured with The Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year in the UK. Book no 10 in the William Wisting series, Ordeal, was published in 2016, and a prequel, When it Grows Dark, will be issued in the UK in March, 2017. The William Wisting series is translated by Anne Bruce.
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