*I received an arc via the publisher, in return for an honest review*
The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet
Translated by Don Bartlett
TWO TIME WINNER OF NORWAY’S BEST CRIME NOVEL
A FROZEN BODY
A MURDERED BIKER
A RADICAL LAWYER WITH A MURKY PAST
In the depths of the Norwegian winter, the corpse of a woman is discovered in the garden of a notorious left-wing lawyer, Vilhelm Thygesen. She has been stabbed to death.
A young biker, a member of a gang once represented by Thygesen, dies in suspicious circumstances.
As Thygesen receives anonymous threats, investigating detectives Stribolt and Vaage uncover a web of crime and violence extending far beyond Norway’s borders.
Does the frozen woman hold the key?
This is a novel that is so much more than its cover and synopsis. The publicity team were spot on with the comparisons to Steig Larsson and the millennium trilogy. I was very surprised with the depth of the novel and I think it is written very well, much bigger issues interwoven into a murder.
Vilhelm Thygesen finds the murdered body of a frozen women in his garden. The victim has been stabbed to death and the police quickly suspect she is of eastern European origin. The crime scene offers little in the way, of forensic evidence and the murder appears motiveless. Detectives Stribolt and Vaage from the Gronland police have a complex murder on their hands. Thygesen himself, is not without controversy, with previous links to murder and fraud, the detectives instantly suspect him for having committed the murder.
But why would a man murder a young woman, bury the body in his garden and then call the police?
Thygesen is well known left-wing lawyer, retired now at 63 years old. His leftie socialist politics having caused him various run ins with the law and even led to him assisting the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. Are his politics to blame for the murder? If so, who killed the girl and why? Detectives Stribolt and Vaage nickname the nameless victim ‘Picea’, they continue to find no leads and when a local biker is found murdered, they are forced to ask themselves if there is a connection……….
Oystein Strand a local biker and member of the ‘Seven Samurai’ motorcycle club (MC) is found dead after being recently released from prison. When the brakes are found to be faulty on his bike, is this a fatal accident or pre meditated murder? What happened to Strand in prison? And how is this linked to the frozen woman? The MC gang is made up of the undesirables of society. Low end criminals with a taste for violence and mayhem. The inner workings of the gangs, their rivalry’s and their links to drug importation is exposed. But when Thygesen starts receiving anonymous photos of the frozen woman alive, prior to her murder.
The detectives must work out, how it all links in.
The politics of the legal/police/ media system in Norway is explained and the writing style is very matter of fact. There is no in-depth background on the detectives. The novel focuses solely on the murder and its relation to other criminal/political events.
A dead woman, political corruption and violent motorcycle gangs.
But what connects them all? 4*
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Jon Michelet has been one of Norway’s leading authors through five decades. He made his debut in 1975 with the crime novel He Who Is Born to Be Hanged, Shall Never Be Drowned. He has since published numerous novels, plays and non-fiction books, and co-authored five bestselling reportage books from the Football World Cup with Dag Solstad. Michelet has also worked as a sailor, a docker, a journalist, publisher and newspaper editor. He is renowned in Norway for his strong commitment to a number of political and cultural causes.
Michelet has been awarded the Riverton Prize for Best Norwegian Crime Novel twice, for White as Snow and The Frozen Woman both part of his long running Vilhelm Thygesen series. He has also had phenomenal success with his epic series, A Hero of the Sea. Telling the story of the dramatic experiences of a Norwegian merchant navy sailor during WWII, the five novels published so far have been topping the charts since 2012, and have sold well over half a million copies, making Michelet a household name in Norway.