From the internationally bestselling author of Burned and Pierced comes a dark, thrilling novel that pits a crime reporter against demons from his past—and a killer with a keen taste for revenge.
A brutal killing: An elderly woman is found murdered in a nursing home in Oslo. Bjarne Brogeland, who heads up the investigation, soon realizes that he is on the trail of a meticulous killer who has only just begun his work…
An anonymous threat: Trine Juul-Osmundsen, Norway’s Secretary of State, is accused of sexually harassing a young male politician. As the allegations cause a media frenzy, Trine receives an anonymous threat telling her to resign. If she doesn’t, the truth about what she really did that night will be revealed…
A man on a mission: Embittered reporter Henning Juul finds himself torn between the two high profile cases. He wants to help Trine, who is his estranged sister, but as he digs into their shared past he discovers memories that haunt them both. Memories of a broken home. Memories of a dead father.
And as the two cases collide, both of their worlds fall apart…
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. Follow him on Twitter @EngerThomas, on Facebook www.facebook.com/thomas.enger.77 or visit his website thomasenger.net
"Slick, compelling and taut, Thomas Enger’s Pierced combines a sophisticated layering of mysteries with an intensely scarred hero embarked on a tragic quest. A dark and suspenseful blast of Nordic exposure."
– Christopher Ewan, author of Safe House
“An intriguing new voice in crime.”
– NJ Cooper
“This promises to be a crime fiction series worth watching.”
– Library Journal
“The careful revealing of clues, the clever twists, and the development of Henning Juul and the supporting characters make this a very promising start to a new series.”
– Suspense Magazine
“Suspenseful, dark, and gritty, this is a must-read."
“A gripping narrative that begs comparison to Stieg Larsson.”
“The name is Thomas Enger. Make sure you remember it, because he’s a man about to join the ranks of the best crime novel writers of the Nordic countries ... and he has achieved something quite exceptional already with his first novel, Burned ... It’s one of the best crime novels this reviewer has read for a long time, in a language that sparkles and gleams in strong images and a tempo that almost makes you forget to draw breath.”
– Kristeligt Dagblad
“Thomas Enger has written a solid and effective crime novel."
– Jyllandsposten Posten
“It’s an excellent debut, the main character and his fate is brilliantly drawn."
– Weekendavisen, Denmark
“Impressive new Norwegian thriller"
– Vejle Amts Folkeblad
“Burned is cleverly worked out, exciting, surprising."
– Bogblogger (blog)
“It’s very rare to be presented with a thriller in which the language and the empathy is top notch, so that your eyes are truly opened wide.”
“An excellent read...fascinating.”
– Journey of a Bookseller (blog)
“An intriguing Norwegian whodunit."
– Genre Go Round (blog)
“A likeable, if wounded, protagonist made this a good read, and if you like an intriguing mystery that doesn’t waste time on florid prose, you’ll enjoy Burned!”
– My Bookish Ways (blog)
“Unforgettable…the interweaving stories were simply engrossing. A masterful debut thriller from an author who happens to be Scandinavian.”