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Inger Johanne Vik #2

They have just become parents, but the outside world won’t spare Superintendent Yngvar Stubø and profiler Inger Johanne Vik. A series of shocking murders all have symbolic dismembering or desecration of the corpses in common, reminding Inger Johanne of a lecture on Proportional Retribution at the FBI Academy. Are the Norwegian Police facing a biblical avenger or a simple copycat?

The internationally bestselling What Never Happens, the second installment in the Inger Johanne Vik series, has sold more than 500 000 copies.


  • “She’s Scandinavia’s answer to Val McDermid, writing dark and unsettling crime novel with more than a little wire in its blood. There’s certainly a chill to this story about a talk-show star being found murdered in her home – with her tongue removed and left cleaved in two on her desk. Former FBI agent Inger Johanne Vik sees similarities to a case from her past, and if she’s right there will be four other victims to follow. Gripping stuff.”

    Evening Standard, UK

  • “Set in Oslo, this excellent thriller begins with the discovery of the body of a popular talk show host with her tongue removed and split in two before matters heat up with the crucifixion of a right-wing leader. Holt keeps the plot and dialogue tight.”

    Evening Herald, UK

  • “A follow-up to writer Holt’s Punishment, [What Never Happens] shows she really knows her stuff.”

    Daily Sport, UK

  • “Much sharper and indeed, much darker than [Punishment]. Holt appears to have stepped up her game with her writing.”

    Reviewing the Evidence, UK

  • “Anne Holt has created a suspenseful intrigue, where unexpected events propel the pursuers – and the reader – through constant new ideas, and a highly unforeseen ending.”

    Hudiksvalls Tidning, Sweden

  • “Anne Holt has constructed a story which is completely fascinating, and an outcome that feels perfect. I’ve been going through withdrawals since finishing it. I want more, more Yngvar Stubø.”

    Värmlands Folkblad, Sweden

  • What Never Happens is an unusually suspenseful and well-written crime novel.”

    Norrtelje Tidning, Sweden

  • “Can’t-put-down alert.”

    Mama, Sweden

  • “Not only is the novel suspenseful, but features deep, authentic portrayals and gives the reader a great deal of entertainment.”

    Värnamo Nyheter, Sweden

  • “Read and enjoy. This is Anne Holt’s thirteenth novel and in my view one of her very best.”

    Vestmanlands Läns Tidning, Sweden

  • “Unbearably suspenseful!”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “A crime novel of high quality.”


    Solo, Sweden

  • What Never Happens is an important and interesting commentary to the increasing pessimism and misery of our time.”

    Skånska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “It is truly terrifyingly good.”

    Östran, Sweden

  • “Anne Holt is an ambitious queen of crime, who knows how to get a good grip of the readers and hold on tight.”

    Damernas Värld, Sweden

  • “Anne Holt’s second novel in the Inger Johanne Vik series simply cries out for a follow-up, and it gave me the same feeling as when I read Patricia Cornwell’s latest novel. The difference being that Anne Holt completely overtrumps her American colleague. This is a much more realistic crime story and first and foremost, it has a very good plot. What Never Happens is one of the best crime novels I’ve read in a very long time. It features a delicious meta-effect that I presume pleases its inventor no end. While Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta is more or less finished, you can look forward to a whole series of new stories featuring Inger Johanne Vik.”

    Aftenposten, Norway

  • “Surely the most well-written and efficient crime story so far from Norway’s bestselling crime writer. /…/ Anne Holt writes better and more efficiently than before. The story is clever and logically constructed and delivers from the first page to the last. The action is a perfect fit, frequently moving forward through dialogues.”

    Udressavisen, Norway

  • “This is very good crime writing craftsmanship, a harsh and well-told story about a studied murder among Oslo celebs. /…/ As a criminal case the book is excellently brought about, a clever start and a highly thrilling end. /…/ To finish where we started, Holt indeed manages to surprise her readers and this happens towards the end – the last 30-40 pages are simply amazing.”

    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “An extraordinarily clever plot with a built-in meta-element.”

    Dagsavisen, Norway

Anne Holt
  • Crime
Reading material

Norwegian edition

English edition

German edition

Rights sold

Albania, IDC

Denmark, Gyldendal

Estonia, Ersen

Finland, Gummerus

France, Plon

Germany, Piper

Greece, Metaixmio

Iceland, Salka

Italy, Einaudi

Latvia, Kontinents

Lithuania, Baltos Lankos

Norway, Vigmostad & Bjørke

Poland, Prószynski

Portugal, Pergaminho

Russia, Inostranka

Spain, Roca (World Spanish)

Sweden, Piratförlaget

UK, Corvus

Film rights sold

Sweden, Miso

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