Møt meg i paradis

Møt meg i paradis Meet Me in Paradise

Thorkild Aske #2

The haunted former interrogation leader Thorkild Aske reluctantly agrees to take on the job of consulting detective for Milla Lind, a renowned Norwegian crime fiction writer. Lind’s previous consultant, also a former policeman, was killed on the job as they were working on Lind’s latest novel, a story based on the real-life case of two girls mysteriously disappearing from an orphanage. It isn’t long till Aske begins to suspect that there’s more to the case, Milla Lind, and his predecessor’s death, than he first thought.

Meet Me in Paradise is the second novel about Thorkild Aske.

“[Meet Me in Paradise] is so thrilling it’s hard to put down. The characters are believable and the text is electric. [Heine Bakkeid] has an excellent grasp on his prose; it’s both effective and literary. The plot impresses me greatly. And I’m not so easily impressed anymore.”
—Unni Lindell


  • “In Heine Bakkeid’s crime thriller Meet Me In Paradise you get your money’s worth in suspense, power plays between the genders, and some poignant over- and undertones that make putting down the book impossible.”


    Femina, Denmark

  • “Bakkeid’s second crime novel is, in similar fashion to his debut, an intense page-turner and nail-biter.”

    Hallandsposten, Sweden

  • “Protagonist Aske has got one entertained and concerned for his wellbeing in equal measure.”

    Mariestads-Tidningen, Sweden

  • “The new Jo Nesbø /.../ Beautiful and dark entertainment. /…/ Remember the name Heine Bakkeid – his second crime novel is top quality Nordic noir. /…/ In this novel [Bakkeid] has included the best elements of his debut, eliminated the beginner’s blunders, and created a crime story that is extremely well executed and entertaining on several levels. This is the closest this literary critic has come to Jo Nesbø’s style and characters. The antihero Thorkild Aske evokes the same feelings we get for Nesbø’s Harry Hole as he fights against human decay and downfall. /…/ The plot is more complex and expertly concocted than in Bakkeid’s debut, and is all the more exciting for it. The plot and characters are so fascinating that it’s impossible to put the book down. /…/ Bakkeid’s prose is clean, thrilling and original, which is refreshing in a genre where it seems as if more and more authors put emphasis on action rather than style. /…/ Bakkeid has a sharp-eyed style and is in addition very funny. The cynical humor balances out the novel’s darkness and makes it a wonderful read. /…/ Bakkeid has crafted a character and a universe that has made him well deserving of a huge circle of readers.”


    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “A crime novel that throws down the gauntlet to the very, very best of them all. /…/ Just looking at the cover I’m already sucked into a world that can most definitely be categorized as Nordic noir. There’s plenty of melancholy, decadence, and a five-minutes-till-midnight atmosphere. Dark, yes, but not so much so that one’s mood isn’t kept up by an antihero full of gallows humor. /…/ Even if Thorkild Aske calls to mind Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole, Heine Bakkeid has succeeded in crafting a character with a genuine personality and identity that stands rock-steady on his own two legs. /…/ The author’s use of metaphors and linguistic tools elevate the crime genre to a higher level. /…/ Heine Bakkeid has delivered yet again, and I’m already looking forward to book number three.”


    Harstad Tidende, Norway

  • “Suspenseful, original crime fiction with a wonderful momentum and a protagonist who struggles with his issues – but does so with a twinkle in his eye. /…/ Bakkeid writes excellently, the character of Thorkild Aske especially comes across clearly. And he’s not just a tortured man, there’s also a whip-like wit to his lines, and he stumbles through the book with a subtle laconic humor that suits not only him, but the story itself. The novel is thrilling too, with a nice, even escalation of the suspense. The way in which [Bakkeid] tells the story works wonderfully also, the author knows how to switch between points of view in a seamless manner, and there’s an impetus in the book that’s far superior to most other crime novels’ /…/ A more than excellent crime novel […] definitely one of the best this year.”

    Adresseavisen, Norway

  • “Plenty of suspense, humor and energy /…/ Thrilling and well-written and Bakkeid makes it all come together.”

    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “[Meet Me in Paradise] is well-written, and it makes you want to keep reading, quickly!”

    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

  • “Bakkeid is a new star on the domestic crime fiction sky. Thorkild Aske is one of the most complex and provoking investigators we’ve encountered in Norwegian crime until now. But he also has his good sides, of course. The reader is gradually immersed in his rather unique universe, and now we want more. The sooner the better.”


    Bok 365, Norway

  • “This Norwegian noir has got it all. /…/ It’s a fast-paced tale that’s thrilling and intricate but also balanced with enigmatic and delicate elements.”

    DAST Magazine, Sweden

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Reading material

Norwegian edition

Rights sold

Czech Republic, Plus

Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof

Finland, Into Kustannus

France, Les Arènes

Germany, Rowohlt

Hungary, Scolar

Iceland, Ugla

Italy, Giunti

Norway, Aschehoug

Poland, Sonia Draga

Romania, Editura Art

Russia, AST

Slovakia, Premedia

Spain, RBA

Sweden, Norstedts

UK, Bloomsbury

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