When It Grows Dark takes us back to the beginning of Wisting s career as an investigator It is something of a prequel to the other stories and as such is a little bit different.This is Wisting as a somewhat naive young policeman, not yet a detective, though anxious to join their ranks when it is achievable Married to Ingrid, newly blessed with twins, Thomas and Line, Wisting is an enthusiastic policeman who relishes his job and craves responsibility Yet he is somewhat frustrated He hates that he writes up reports of his patrols, highlighting patterns he has detected or ways in which he thinks detectives might usefully progress a lead and yet he never gets to be part of the follow up process.When, therefore, in the course of helping a friend, he comes across an old mystery, he starts his own investigation one that will lead to finding a long dead body after which he is officially given the case to look into.Through detailed research, he finds relatives of the victim and begins to piece together the story of what happened to the lost car and its driver one hot day in August 1925.Along the way he does, of course, make mistakes One mistake in particular haunts him throughout his career And so, when some 33 years later, he receives a letter that offers the answers he was looking for all those years ago, he knows he has to see it through to the end.A really good storyteller, Joan Lier Horst is a thoroughbred when it comes to police procedurals Must be something to do with all those years he spent as a senior police investigator.His characters are strong and sympathetic and this is a well plotted story.In taking us back to Wisting s early years, Horst is reminding us of a optimistic time in Wisting s life, where crime was often opportunistic and social conditions had not yet contributed to the darker world of crime he becomes used to later in his career.It is really good to revisit Wisting s youth and see how the police investigator s career began.This was a fast and easy read and I very much enjoyed it Wisting remains one of my favourite policemen. Jorn Lier Horst returns with another William Wisting novel that takes the reader into rural Norway and a calmer form of Scandinavian crime thriller After over three decades as a reputable police officer, Chief Inspector William Wisting is set to address some new recruits at the police academy He is handed a letter, one that takes him back three decades and sparks a memory of a case that got away The story then travels back to 1983, where Wisting is a beat cop with a young wife and twin newborns Working the night shift, Wisting discovers many interesting, though rarely overly exciting, cases in the small community outside of Oslo When called to the scene of a night safe robbery at one of the local banks, Wisting and his partner follow a lead, in hopes of finding the burglars However, all that is left is a car that has been set alight and a cottage with some errant items The burning vehicle is close to a large farmhouse that Wisting and his friend had been scouting out before, having located an abandoned vehicle from 1925 Wisting has taken a fancy to this car and tries to locate not only the barn owner, but also who might have left the car there Closer exploration by Wisting shows two bullet holes in the door and a newspaper from 1925 This spurs the young police officer to poke around on his own time Discovering the owner of the vehicle opens the door to a new mystery, one in which a large sum of money and the car s driver disappeared during a secret mission bound for Oslo The deeper Wisting gets with this case, the interested he is in solving it However, with the bank robbery unsolved and many cases piling up, something from six decades before must take its place on the back burner Wisting lays the groundwork for his incredible detective future, balancing his love of policing with a young family back home Horst fans will likely enjoy this flashback novel that seeks to show where William Wisting got his start and how that curiosity germinated over three decades of uncovering various crimes and mysteries.I cannot remember what got me interested in Horst or his Wisting series, but I know that I was hooked from the get go The series reads so easily and Horst seeks to develop a great story without the need to pad it with excessive plot lines Fans of the series will know that Horst only started English language translation of his series after the fifth novel, starting with an established Wisting who had adult twins and a dead wife From here, he has been able to amble forwards, though there is so much backstory that only Norwegian and perhaps other readers have been privy to exploring This flashback not only gives the reader a glimpse into the early Wisting, but is the first chance to meet Ingrid, who appears to have shaped his life quite significantly Line, the female twin, cannot play her investigative journalist role in this story, but her attentive nature is documented throughout the piece, as Horst gives the wee one quite the role when interacting with young Wisting The story is interesting, as it seeks to explore a case of the day 1983 , as well as one that had long gone cold by then 1925 , both of which capture the reader and Wisting quite easily Paths to explore both cases are laid out effectively by Horst and each chapter brings the reader a little closer, but there is the knowledge that something remains unsolved, as hinted at in the preface It is also worth noting how smoothly the narrative flows, even after being translated from its original Norwegian That is the test of a truly strong story, that it is not lost when forced through a set of linguistic gymnastics to appeal to a larger readership Horst has left the door open for many books, should he wish to look back with Wisting, even without opening the early series books to his English readers Kudos, Herr Horst, for this wonderful novel I loved the look back and really hope you will work with English publishers soon to allow us Anglo fans to explore the series first five booksLove hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge Stavern Zbli A Si Bo E Narodzenie, Nieg Sypie Obficie William Wisting Jest Wie O Upieczonym Ojcem Bli Niak W, A Tak E M Odym I Ambitnym Konstablem W Policji Podczas Brutalnego Napadu, Niespodziewanie Znajduje Si W Centrum Dramatycznych Wydarze Jednak Dochodzenie W Tej Sprawie Przejmuj Bardziej Do Wiadczeni Policjanci The latest book in this excellent series is, in fact, a prequel set in 1983 William Wisting is just a rookie patrol officer, although he already has ambitions to join the CID He s just recently married here and father of baby twins Thomas and Line of course, the grown up Line, a reporter, features prominently in the later set novels.In the course of this quite short but very exciting novel Wisting manages to solve a case involving a vintage car which was abandoned in a barn in the 1920s He also plays a major part in capturing a gang involved in car jacking and ram raiding Little wonder he eventually became chief of police in Larvik. I love the series This book goes back to how Wisting became started as a detective LIne and Thomas, the twins were babies and Wisting was still a patrol policeman and what lead him to becoming a detectiveIt begins when Wisting is preparing to address a new graduating group of police officers He receives a letter from a woman that was found in a relative s belongings behind a picture frame The letter changes how Wisting addresses the group of newpolice officers He asks them to begin by helping him solve a 100 year old mystery It does not have the immediacy and drama in the other books in the series but it keeps the reader fascinated with how Wisting began you want to know how why If you just like fast paced drama, you may not appreciate the complexities in this case Horsta m m r d, jeden z m la zo seversk ch detektivk rov, o nem potrebu popisova skupenstv kvapiek dopadaj cich na zem a nevy va sa v temnosti tmy a svetlosti svetla, ale p e skuto n detekt vky Len mu u tro ku za naj doch dza n pady koda ho, sn sa polep Still better lovestory than Kepler. Interesting introduction to Wisting.even though it is No 11 in the series. Nie mog odm wi autorowi talentu do snucia wci gaj cej fabu y i warsztatu, dzi ki kt rym wyrobi sobie ugruntowan i mocn pozycj jako przedstawiciel dobrej jako ci skandynawskiego krymina u, cho w tym przypadku powies pozostawia niedosyt.Ca a opinia What hubris I own to start reading a series at novel 11 But honestly, I believe it just fell into a perfect place to start Because it was a prequel and harbored back 33 years at the beginning of William Wisting s career Good development of the young marriage, the baby twins, and especially his William s mindset and cognition of job fit and possible advancements to doing what was up his alley than the overnight police calls he was endlessly answering The pranks, the domestics, the bar fights, the minor and major car accidents etc etc etc This author got that nuance how a person can understand what he was meant to do by his own gifts of nature observing power, attention to detail, patience in conversations, health within sleepless conditions for great lengths, body clock ability and on and on and on and what he was not meant to do the same way Very few authors seem to get or pose that dichotomy so well as this one does People do not just PICK an occupation Sometimes it absolutely DOES pick them Even if you spent decades running from it Do I know it.William is fulling getting to know where he belongs and on the way he is solving two long past murders Or were they murders One event was 33 years ago and the other than 10 years ago.The first half of the book is a bit plodding and there are periods of slog where all he does is directional roaming I didn t want to read another Norway street or village or suburb name Or highway designation Or who answered the door Or how they looked But just as in real life, it all takes some time to condense into context relation It does with any widespread after effect crime as these were Excellent entertainment Others of this series will be read in summer by the water, if I am so lucky They are perfect little individual Norwegian personality studies coupled with some better than average plotting And I adored the majority 1983 placements when Microfilm and other investigative fax type prototypes were evolving and often expiring within just a handful of years Remember those old walkie talkie things the cops had The language itself seems Nordic abrupt and almost German style in declarative absolute factual statements without any softening to affect or tone within it I love it I think it gives it character too But I doubt many other readers will like that parsing as much as I did Because it makes William seem cold, especially to his own small family I would be super surprised if his wife lasts as being his wife until the days when Line is taking the pictures That s his twin daughter all grown up in the present day But I could be wrong.Will definitely be reading others And the last half was 4.5 star Anna was VERY interesting. The best part about reading books by J rn Lier Horst is how he manages to get all the small details that you didn t notice at the begining completely change the outcome He makes all the puzzles fit together in the end I love books that suprise me, this one definitely did.
Jorn Lier Horst born in Bamble, Telemark 1970 is a former Senior Investigating Officer at the Norwegian police force He made his literary debut as a crime writer in 2004 and is considered one of the foremost Nordic crime writers.His series of mystery novels starring chief inspector William Wisting provides a detailed and authentic insight into how criminal cases are investigated and how it affe
- 200 pages
- Når det mørkner
- Jørn Lier Horst
- 20 March 2019 Jørn Lier Horst