Review: The Hunting Dogs by Jørn Lier Horst


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Sandstone Press, 2014. Format: Kindle Edition (1008 KB). Translated from the Norwegian by Ann Bruce. Original title: Jakthundene, 2012. ASIN: B00IHH3ALO. eISBN: 978-1-908737-64-9. Pages 320. 

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After giving a lecture on the importance of police officers to act always with integrity and honesty, Chief Inspector William Wisting is found suspect of having falsified the evidence that led to convict a man of a murder in Vestfold seventeen years ago. Almost simultaneously, his daughter, Line, a journalist with VG newspaper, is sent to Østfold by her newspaper, to report on a murder that has just taken place. Wisting is suspended temporarily and, for the first time in his life, he must work on a case from outside the police force to clear his name. Meanwhile, Line is confident that the Østfold murder to be sufficiently sensational as to shift his father’s case to the inside pages of the newspapers.

The Hunting Dogs is the third book translated into English in the series featuring Norwegian Chief Inspector William Wisting, though it is actually the eighth. To the best of my knowledge, the series is made up of the following titles:  Key Witness (2004), Disappearance of Felicia (2005), When the Sea Calms (2006), The Only One (2007), The Night Man (2009), Dregs (2010) translated into English by Anne Bruce in 2011, Close for the Winter (2011) translated into English by Anne Bruce in 2013 , The Hunting Dogs (2012) and The Caveman (2013) to be published in English in 2015. I’ve only read Dregs (my review is available by clicking on the book title). Although I regret that the series has not been published in chronological order, I don’t think it’s necessary to have read the previous books to fully enjoy this novel. Besides, there is a brief introduction about the main characters in the story, that the reader will find very useful.

If I had really enjoyed Dregs, The Hunting Dogs is even better in my view. It has no flaws, the characters are well drawn and the plot is nicely developed. All the elements fit like a glove and the reader attention is kept in tension throughout the entire book. Even if you have little interest in a police procedural, you won’t be disappointed if you finally decide to read it. The story is sound and well structured. The author himself had worked as a police officer for a while and knows what he’s talking about. He has something to say, knows how to do it, and tells it well. I also believe that the translation by Ann Bruce is excellent. In short, this is a highly recommended reading. And I wasn’t surprised to find it included in several lists of favourite reads last year. 

My rating: A+ (Don’t delay, get your hands on a copy of this book)   

Jørn Lier Horst (b. 1970) worked as a policeman in Larvik from 1995 until he quit his job as head of investigations to concentrate on his writing. Since making his literary debut as a crime writer in 2004 he has now published nine books in his crime series set in southern Norway, the saga of Police Inspector William Wisting, his journalist daughter Line, and the team of criminal investigators at Larvik police station. Source: Gyldendal Agency 

The Hunting Dogs, won both the prestigious Golden Revolver, for best Norwegian crime, and The Glass Key, which widened the scope to best crime fiction in all the Nordic countries, in 2013. The Hunting Dogs, is the winner of The Martin Beck Award 2014 given by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy (Svenska Deckarakademin) for the best crime novel in translation. It is one of the most prestigious international crime-writing awards. The Jury says; “An original, thrilling novel about a policeman’s struggle on the edge between disaster and restoration of justice.”

The Hunting Dogs has been reviewed at Crimepieces (Sarah), Crime Time (Bob Cornwell), Crime Fiction Lover (Jeremy Megraw), and Mrs. Peabody Investigates.

Sandstone Press 

Jørn Lier Horst website

Interview: Jørn Lier Horst

Jørn Lier Horst – Winner of the Martin Beck Award 

Jørn Lier Horst wins 2014 Martin Beck Award 

Gyldendal Agency 

Los perros de caza de Jørn Lier Horst

Después de dar una conferencia sobre la importancia de los agentes de policía de actuar siempre con integridad y honestidad, el inspector jefe William Wisting es encontrado sospechoso de haber falsificado las pruebas que llevaron a condenar a un hombre por un asesinato en Vestfold hace diecisiete años. Casi al mismo tiempo, su hija, Line, una periodista del diario VG, es enviada a Østfold por su periódico, para informar sobre un asesinato que acaba de tener lugar. Wisting es suspendido temporalmente y, por primera vez en su vida, tiene que trabajar en un caso desde fuera del cuerpo de policía para limpiar su nombre. Mientras tanto, Line confía en que el asesinato de Østfold sea suficientemente sensacional como para desplazar el caso de su padre a las páginas interiores de los periódicos.

The Hunting Dogs es el tercer libro traducido al Inglés de la serie protagonizada por el inspector jefe William Wisting de Noruega, aunque en realidad es el octavo. Hasta donde yo se, la serie está compuesta por los siguientes títulos: Key Witness (2004), Disappearance of Felicia (2005), When the Sea Calms (2006), The Only One (2007), The Night Man (2009), Dregs (2010) traducido al Inglés por Anne Bruce en 2011, Close for the Winter (2011) traducido al Inglés por Anne Bruce en 2013, The Hunting Dogs (2012) y The Caveman (2013) que se publicarán en Inglés en el 2015. Sólo he leído Dregs (mi opinión está disponible haciendo clic en el título del libro). Aunque lamento que la serie no ha sido publicada por orden cronológico, yo no creo que sea necesario haber leido cualquiera de los libros anteriores para disfrutar plenamente de esta novela. Además, hay una breve introducción sobre los principales personajes de la historia, que el lector encontrará muy útil.

Si yo ya había disfrutado mucho de Dregs, The Hunting Dogs es incluso mejor en mi opinión. No tiene ningún defecto, los personajes están bien dibujados y la trama está muy bien desarrollada. Todos los elementos encajan como un guante y la atención del lector se mantiene en tensión a lo largo de todo el libro. Incluso si usted tiene poco interés en un procedimiento policial, usted no se verá decepcionado si finalmente decide leerlo. La historia es sólida y está bien estructurada. El propio autor había trabajado como oficial de policía durante un tiempo y sabe de lo que está hablando. Él tiene algo que decir, sabe cómo hacerlo, y lo dice bien. También creo que la traducción de Ann Bruce es excelente. En definitiva, se trata de una lectura muy recomendable. Y no me sorprendió encontrarlo incluido en varias listas de lecturas favoritas del año pasado.

Mi calificación: A + (No se demore, consiga un ejemplar de este libro)

Jørn Lier Horst (1970) trabajó como policía en Larvik desde 1995 hasta que renunció a su trabajo como jefe de investigaciones para concentrarse en la escritura. Desde que hizo su debut literario como escritor de novelas policíacas en el 2004 ha publicado nueve libros en su serie situada en el sur de Noruega, la saga del inspector de policía William Wisting, de su hija Line que es periodista, y del equipo de investigadores de la comisaría de Larvik. (Fuente: Agencia Gyldendal)

The Hunting Dogs, obtuvo el prestigioso galardón Golden Revolver, a la mejor novela negra noruega, y The Glass Key, que amplió el ámbito de su apliacación a la mejor novela negra de todos los países nórdicos, en el 2013. The Hunting Dogs, ha sido galadonada con el Premio Martin Beck 2014 otorgado por la Academia de Escritores de Suecia (Svenska Deckarakademin) a la mejor novela negra traducida. Uno de los más prestigiosos premios internacionales de novela negra. El Jurado dice de ella que es “Una novela original y emocionante sobre la lucha de un policía en el límite entre el desastre y el restablecimiento de la justicia.”

11 thoughts on “Review: The Hunting Dogs by Jørn Lier Horst

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  3. José Ignacio – If this one’s better than Dregs, then I really must read it. I enjoyed that first William Wisting novel very very much. If you do get the chance to read Closed For Winter, I’ll be interested in what you think of it.

    1. Certainly I’m looking forward to reading Closed For Winter, Margot. And I do hope you’ll enjoy very much with this one, everything seems very realistic. I do understand that, somehow, Horst himself went through a similar situation..

  4. I’ve read so many good things about Horst that this should be the year I read him. My other resolution for the year is to read more books that have been languishing on my shelves for awhile as well! I always like reading your glowing reviews.

  5. I bought this one over Christmas, and I’m glad I did now – thanks for the review! I don’t understand why they don’t print series in order – all I can think of is that they pick a later, more commercial book to release first, which then throws the whole series out of sync!

    1. You are in for a treat Crimeworm. Thanks for your visit and for yiour comment. I don’t understand either the habit of publishing series out of sync!

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