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Summary

Police officer Alexander Blix and celebrity blogger Emma Ramm join forces to track down a serial killer with a thirst for attention and high-profile murders, in the first episode of a gripping new Nordic Noir series.... 

Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number one has been pinned to the TV.  

Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missing-persons investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation 19 years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl.

Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated...evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing.... 

Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flare for the dramatic and thirst for attention. Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it.... 

©2019 Orenda Books Ltd (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Hmmm…

I’ve enjoyed a number of JLH’s other works, notably the William Wisting series. This one, whilst competent, felt somehow a bit generic, with bits pretty similar to other things, including (spoiler alert) some elements rather glaringly similar to a story associated with Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. I won’t say which, but you’ll recognise it when you hear it.

On a separate note, the narrator, whom I’d not encountered before, and, though not the brilliant Saul Reichlin, was pretty good.

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classic

It's overal a good read. The story is good but very slow paced. It's like you are following a real life story 😂 of all those people mentioned in this narrative. what we see or find nowadays in books are quick results in any kind of detective stories or movies. However, this one is the opposite of it all. It actually takes you step by step in the thinking process of solving a case. Because of my fondness of detective stories I would probably recommend this book to people. But in all honesty, if I have to choose a book from these 2 writers, I know I would recommend nr 2 over this one, nr 1.

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  • Karenique
  • 05-08-20

A devious and suspenseful mystery

“Death Deserved” is a complicated, although entertaining, book worth every twist, turn and surprise {{{jaw-dropping moment}}}. Following an investigation into a missing person’s case, connected to a series of murders, authors Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst do an outstanding job introducing us to interesting and nefarious characters along the way. Being a fan of talented narrator James Lailey, he once again proves his perfection of narration. One of my pet peeves: I wish more would read the book. Stop changing voice levels trying to imitate characters. It is quite distracting. Just READ the book. Tell the story and Lailey does just that to perfection. I can think of quite a few narrators who could learn from him. NOTE: A poor narrator can ruin a great audiobook. Highly recommended! Worth the $8.99 I paid. I never use a credit on audiobooks $10 and under. I pay for them. I save my treasured credits for higher priced books.

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  • jmede
  • 11-05-22

Excellent story!

Wow - I really enjoyed this book! Strongly developed characters, fast-paced action and a unique storyline came together to make this a thrilling listen. It was well-written and I plan to read the rest of the series. The narrator was perfect too!

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  • RWM
  • 26-06-21

Great Book!

Characters are very realistic. Plot is engaging. Narrator is wonderful. Thanks for a great read/listen

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  • Amy
  • 28-02-20

great listen

Really enjoyed this book. Great characters, dialogue...writing that was descriptive and fast paced, very gripping !

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  • Donna
  • 19-01-20

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This isnt a great read but it holds the reader's interest. The small small clues are drizzled before us but leave room for surprises. It morphs into a low gore horror book. Good for a bitterly cold winter read :-)