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  • Published: 13 December 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405938068
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

The Katharina Code

You loved Wallander, now meet Wisting.

The first installment in the Cold Case Quartet from the international bestseller, Jorn Lier Horst

Twenty-six years ago Katharina Haugen went missing. All she left behind was her husband Martin and a mysterious string of numbers written on a piece of paper.

Every year on October 10th Chief Inspector William Wisting takes out the files to the case he was never able to solve. Stares at the code he was never able to crack. And visits the husband he was never able to help.

But now Martin Haugen is missing too.

And the police force is convinced he's involved in another disappearance of a young woman and asks Wisting to close the net around Martin.

But is he playing cat and mouse with a dangerous killer or a grief-stricken husband who cannot lay the past to rest?

Set across the icy streets and dark forests of Norway, The Katharina Code is a heart-stopping story of one man's consuming hope to solve his coldest case.

  • Published: 13 December 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405938068
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Jørn Lier Horst

Jørn Lier Horst worked as a police officer and head of investigations before becoming a full-time writer and has established himself as one of the most successful authors to come out of Scandinavia. His books have sold over two million copies in his native Norway alone and he's published in twenty-six languages.

The Wisting series, produced by the team behind Wallander and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was a hit BBC series in 2019 with a second series due to air soon.

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Praise for The Katharina Code

A good Nordic police procedural with well-drawn characters

Choice Magazine

A well-crafted, atmospheric, character-driven thriller- I couldn't put it down!

Alex Dahl, author of The Boy At The Door

The Katharina Code is the best and most ingenious novel that Jørn Lier Horst has written thus far

Tvedestrandsposten, Norway

Horst invites the readers to join the investigation in a credible manner that highlights professional practices [in the police] and generates a new kind of suspense

Bok 365, Norway

If you haven't already, introduce yourself to Norway's Chief Inspector William Wisting - you'll warm to him even though his patch can get pretty cold

Jon Wise, Sunday Sport

Jørn Lier Horst has truly done it this time . . . Exceptionally well-executed

Tønsbergs Blad, Norway

Jørn Lier Horst is one of the most brilliantly understated crime novelists writing today

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

Jørn Lier Horst only gets better and better . . . The Katharina Code is a beautiful crime fiction story

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

The author has employed literary devices one only rarely finds in a crime novel. And he's succeeded marvelously

Tvedestrandsposten, Norway

The novel vibrates with anticipation all the way to the finish

Dagbladet, Norway

The untangling [of the mystery], the tactics, and the climax keep the suspense at a solid Horst level

Trønder Avisa, Norway

Up there with the best of the Nordic crime writers

Marcel Berlin, The Times

With The Katharina Code Jørn Lier Horst again delivers an excellent crime novel with a credible plot . . . All that remains is to declare that Jørn Lier Horst impresses again

Østlands-Posten, Norway

Pure evil in a solid Wisting crime novel. /..../ Jørn Lier Horst delivers credible crime fiction as always

Verdens Gang, Norway