The Cross I Bear
Ingar Johnsrud (b. 1974) went from renowned Norwegian journalist to bestselling thriller writer overnight. His Those Who Follow, the first installment the Fredrik Beier & Kafa Iqbal trilogy, made him a critics’ favorite and positioned Johnsrud as a rising star on the Scandinavian crime fiction scene. A handful of years and a trilogy later, Johnsrud’s repeatedly proven talent for rich plotting, sharp detail and confident prose has cemented his stardom, so also on the international arena. Ingar Johnsrud lives with his wife and three children in Oslo.
Every night when the clock strikes twelve, the lights go on in the Old Tree. All the birds, insects and critters of the forest gather to stand in line as the Colors show up in the tree’s doorways, paint cans filled with rainbow dust at the ready. It’s time to paint all the animals and have them spread the dust far and wide so that when the sun rises again, it’ll shine down on a world blazing with color.
But something is terribly wrong in the Old Tree: The bees have started swarming, flying off to who knows where even though it’s still mid-winter. But without bees, there’ll be no honey, and without honey, there’ll be no rainbow dust – even the youngest Color knows that. Still, no one is doing anything about it! Except for one small and easily frightened Color called Hardy and his unruly little sister, Rascal. Why are the bees disappearing? And what can two small Colors do in the fight against the scary and beady-eyed Gray Rats?
The Great Honey War is the internationally bestselling Ingar Johnsrud’s debut in children’s fiction. The Great Honey War is the first book in the series called The Colors.
The Norwegian bestseller lists for the first week of August are in and Jørn Lier Horst claims the No. 4 spot with The Katharina Code on the paperback list. Ingar Johnsrud’s The Cross I Bear and Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth share the No. 5 spot on the e-book list. Hedvig Montgomery continues to feature on the non-fiction list and comes in at No. 5 with her Parental Magic this week.
Lastly, Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes still occupy the top two positions on the children’s books bestseller list in Norway, coming in at No. 1 with The Search for the Castle’s Secret and No. 2 with Operation Shipwreck.
The bestseller lists for the last week of July are in, and the novels that featured on the list at the start of the summer are still making their mark weeks later. On the e-book list, Ingar Johnsrud’s latest novel The Cross I Bear is No. 3, and is followed by Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth at No. 4. Macbeth is also No. 4 on the hardcover list, where it in turn is accompanied by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Castle’s Secret at No. 5.
Lastly, Hedvig Montgomery comes in at No. 5 on the nonfiction list, with her Parental Magic.
The official Norwegian bestseller lists remain largely unchanged also this week. On the hardcover list, Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Castle’s Secret stays at No. 1, and is closely followed by Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth at No. 2. Macbeth is also No. 2 on the e-book list, where the No. 1 spot is yet again claimed by Ingar Johnsrud’s The Cross I Bear. Johnsrud also features heavily on the paperback list, where his Those Who Follow comes in at No. 2 and As We Fall at No. 4.
Ingar Johnsrud’s Fredrik Beier trilogy continues to feature on the Norwegian bestseller lists. On the paperback list Those Who Follow is No. 2, and As We Fall is No. 3. The Cross I Bear is No. 1 on the e-book list for the second consecutive week and Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth continues to hold the No. 3 spot. On the hardcover list, the No. 1 spot is still occupied by Jørn Lier Horst and Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Castle’s Secret and Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth stays at the No. 2 spot.
All three of Ingar Johnsrud’s novels in the Fredrik Beier trilogy continue to feature on the Norwegian bestseller lists. On the paperback list Those Who Follow is No. 4, and As We Fall is No. 5. The Cross I Bear is No. 1 on the e-book list, where it’s joined by Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth at No. 3. Macbeth also comes in at No. 2 on the hardcover list. The No. 1 spot is still occupied by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Castle’s Secret. Lastly, Hedvig Montgomery’s Parental Magic stays firm at No. 5.
Ingar Johnsrud dominates the Norwegian bestseller lists as all three books in his trilogy about Fredrik Beier appear on this week’s lists. The Cross I Bear, just published last week, appears on both the hardcover list and the e-book one, where it comes in at No. 2. As We Fall comes in at No. 4 on the paperback list, and is joined by Those Who Follow two spots further down.
The No. 1 spot on the hardcover list is won by none other than Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes and their just published The Search for the Castle’s Secret, the fourth activity book in the Detective Agency No. 2 series. Just after at No. 2 comes Jo Nesbø’s internationally acclaimed Macbeth. Macbeth also claims the No. 3 spot on the ebook list.
Jørn Lier Horst’s international bestseller The Katharina Code features on the paperback list, where it is No. 2. On the nonfiction list, Hedvig Montgomery’s long-running bestseller Parental Magic stays put at No. 5.
One of the government’s most trusted men is found dead in a car wash in Oslo, shot in the groin and left to die. The TV reporter on the hunt for his secrets disappears just days later. But the reporter hadn’t just been looking into the dead man’s past – she’d been searching for information on Superintendent Fredrik Beier’s father.
When the case gradually infiltrates Fredrik’s own life and history, he has to ask himself who he can truly trust. Even his partner Kafa Iqbal seems to be hiding something. And the police has been infiltrated by a mole. As the truths Fredrik’s taken for granted start to crumble, the dark contours of something long hidden finally see the light of day.
The Cross I Bear is the third and final installment in Ingar Johnsrud’s internationally bestselling trilogy about Fredrik Beier and Kafa Iqbal. A masterpiece of tight plotting and unrelenting suspense, it’s a crescendo that will steal your breath away.
Lars Kepler’s sixth novel in the Joona Linna series, The Rabbit Hunter, claims the No. 1 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for fiction this February, with Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? following at No. 2. On the paperback list Ingar Johnsrud comes in at No. 3 with Those Who Follow, the first installment in his Fredrik Beier series.
The bestseller list for audiobooks is topped by Liza Marklund’s The Final Word, the eleventh and final novel featuring Annika Bengtzon. No. 2 on the list is Hjorth & Rosenfeldts Those Who Failed, and No. 3 is Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun. Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter makes a second appearance on the February list, on the audio book list’s No. 4 spot.
Ingar Johnsrud’s Those Who Follow has climbed to No. 1 on the Swedish bookstore Akademibokhandeln’s bestseller lists, featuring at the top of both the paperback and crime fiction lists. Those Who Follow is the first installment in the series featuring Fredrik Beier and Kafa Iqbal.
The list of 2016’s most sold foreign titles in Finland is in. At the top of the list is Lars Kepler’s stand-alone sci-fi thriller Playground. Playground is closely followed by two of Kristina Ohlsson’s newest titles, Mio’s Blues and Buried Lies, also known as the Martin Benner diptych. Ingar Johnsrud makes his mark on the list with the first installment in his Fredrik Beier series, Those Who Follow.
Ingar Johnsrud’s internationally acclaimed debut novel Those Who Follow became the most sold backlist title of 2016 on the Norwegian eBook list. Those Who Follow is the first installment in the series following Fredrik Beier and Kafa Iqbal. The second installment in the series, As We Fall, was published in Norway in August.
Bobbie Peers and Ingar Johnsrud both top the Norwegian bestseller list this week. Bobbie Peers’ latest children’s book, William Wenton and the Cryptoportal, is the No. 1 best selling children’s book. The novel is the second installment in Peers’ thrilling William Wenton series, which began with William Wenton and the Luridium Thief.
On the bestseller list for paperback novels Ingar Johnsrud makes his mark by coming in at No. 1 with his debut novel Those Who Follow. Those Who Follow is the first installment in Johnsrud’s critically acclaimed series about Superintendent Fredrik Beier and his colleague Kafa Iqbal.
Ingar Johnsrud’s debut novel Those Who Follow has been shortlisted for The Maurits Hansen Award – Fresh Blood. The Maurits Hansen Award is each year presented to the best crime fiction debut novel of the previous year. The winning title and author will be announced on October 28th, during the Kongsberg Krim crime fiction festival in Norway.
At a hospital in Oslo, Superintendent Fredrik Beier is slowly regaining consciousness. Painkillers and alcohol, or so the doctor tells him. The recipe of a suicide attempt. But Fredrik himself can’t seem to recall any of it.
A widow has gone missing, and in her home the police find the body of a recently deceased man. The remains are identified as belonging to someone declared dead over twenty years ago. Meanwhile, the sewer rats in eastern Oslo are feasting on a second body. A tragic past connects the two, forged during the days following the fall of the Soviet Union and an operation that ended in catastrophe. Now, a forgotten weapon has been brought back to life, and fallen into the hands of an avenger with nothing left to live for.
Ingar Johnsrud’s As We Fall is a thriller that slips into the deepest crannies of the human soul only to then infiltrate the headquarters of this world’s major powers. As We Fall is the second harrowing installment in the series about Fredrik Beier and Kafa Iqbal.