Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl #extract @orendabooks

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you will know I am a big fan of Orenda Books and they they publish lots of fantastic crime in translation. Faithless is by Norwegian author Kjell Ola Dall (translated by Don Bartlett) and is part of his Oslo Detectives series, featuring Gunnarstranda and Frølich. I have a extract from the book to share with you today but first here’s what the book is about:

When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her… and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he begins to look deeper into the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda finds another body, and things take a more sinister turn. With a cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway casting a shadow, and an unsettling number of coincidences clouding the plot, Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers – and the killer – before he strikes again.

I have the first two chapters for you to read to whet your appetite and if, after you’ve read them, you are desperate to read more, you can order a copy of the book online by clicking here. It is available in both e-book and paperback.

Click here to read chapters one and two


One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

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