A Convicted Killer: Despite always maintaining his innocence, Tori Pulli, once a powerful player on Oslo’s underground crime scene, has been found guilty of murder.
A Loose End: Scarred reporter, Henning Juul, is contacted by Pulli, who claims that if Henning can help clear his name he can give him details of who was responsible for the fire which killed his six-year-old son, Jonas.
A Double Threat: Desperate to continue his own search for justice, Henning realises that the information Pulli promises is life threatening, to both of them and to others. As events take a deadly turn, Henning finds himself on the trail of two killers for whom the stakes have never been higher…
The follow-up to Burned – the acclaimed debut novel, featuring Henning Juul – Pierced is a stunning, emotionally charged slice of Nordic-Noir
«Slick, compelling and taut, Thomas Enger’s PIERCED combines a sophisticated layering of mysteries with an intensely scarred hero embarked on a tragic quest. A dark and suspenseful blast of Nordic exposure.»
I found this another superbly compelling read by Thomas Enger.
/Adrian Magson, www.shotsmag.co.uk
Pierced is an excellent novel, even better than the author’s very good debut novel.
Enger is a powerful new voice in the ever expanding Scandinavian crime stable and a writer I, for one, will follow with great interest…
The slowly unravelling riddle of who is behind an act of arson is the driving force behind Juul’s motivation and the spark which ignites PIERCED. Soon he is investigating criminal gangs in Oslo with international links and brutal enforcers, and new killings have to be solved in his hunt for the big answer.
The book is so good that the reader ends it with a strong urge to follow the haunted reporter on his next adventure.
Enger’s greatest strength is that he successfully sustains the tension and pace through the book – it never falters
We still have a long way to go until we reach the final volume of the series where we will presumably be rewarded with the answer to the riddle, but meanwhile we are pleasantly entertained.
Henning Juul is clearly related to Gunnar Staalesen’s Varg Veum and Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole: a traumatised and rather scruffy knight who fell off his white charger long ago. The Norwegian take on the hard-boiled US west coast style crime novel has acquired another remarkable proponent.
There is never a dull moment as the reader follows Henning Juul and the ghosts that haunt him. Every single page holds the reader in an iron grip you can’t or indeed want to be released from. Great work.
Fantomsmerte er en godt oppbygd krim der Enger slipper akkurat så lite informasjon som trengs for å holde leseren i ånde. Det som gjør boka ekstra lesverdig er at den settes i en større sammenheng, som vi fremdeles bare aner litt av.
Det er alltid en viss spenning involvert når en forfatter kommer ut med bok nummer to. I Engers tilfelle er det bare å konstatere at Fantomsmerte etter min mening er nok et steg opp fra den forrige, Skinndød. Jeg storkoste meg!
Helt siden jeg leste ferdig “Skinndød”, har jeg ventet litt utålmodig på å lese Thomas Engers bok nummer to i serien om journalisten Henning Juul, “Fantomsmerte”. Nå er det gjort, og jeg ble ikke akkurat skuffet. “Fantomsmerte” fortsetter der “Skinndød” slapp.
Det er imidlertid en god og spennende kriminalroman med massevis av handling som jeg sterkt anbefaler.
Det er ikke annet å si enn at dette er utrolig spennende fortalt.