By Thomas Enger
(Atria Books, Paperback, 9781451616453, 368pp.)
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
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Uncovering class divisions, racial conflicts, and tangled emotions, this gritty, shocking
novel of suspense heralds the arrival of a major new talent.
Henning Juul is a veteran investigative crime reporter in Oslo, Norway. A horrific fire killed his six-year-old son, cut scars across his face, and ended his marriage, and on his first day back at the job after the terrible tragedy a body is discovered in one of the city’s public parks. A beautiful female college student has been stoned to death and buried up to her neck, her body left bloody and exposed. The brutality of the crime shakes the whole country, but despite his own recent trauma – and the fact that his ex-wife’s new boyfriend is also on the case - Henning is given the assignment. When the victim’s boyfriend, a Pakistani native, is arrested, Henning feels certain the man is innocent. This was not simply a Middle Eastern-style honor killing in the face of adultery – it was a far more complicated gesture, and one that will drag Henning into a darkness he’s never dreamed of.
Thomas Enger is a former journalist and a music composer. He lives in Oslo, Norway.
"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." —Booklist
“A gripping narrative that begs comparison to Stieg Larsson.” —Bookpage
“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.” — Børsen
"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.” —Misfit Salon (blog)