Dahl is considered a master of Norwegian crime writing and his books are international bestsellers. Scandinavian mysteries often carry an air of seriousness and depression that overwhelms the mystery. While Dahl has psychological noir overtones, the mystery carefully follows clues and the detective work is interesting. Sexual scenes give this a more European atmosphere. I couldn’t put it down and look forward to reading the other books in this ‘90s-set series.
When a beautiful young woman is murdered, Oslo inspectors Frolich and Gunarstranda first suspect her lover, but then he is murdered and the investigation continues. They then turn their attention to the software company she worked for. There they find suspicious characters, a mixture of personal and business affairs and a history of crimes. Can they find the murderer before another death occurs? (MINOTAUR, Dec., 352 pp., $26.99)