Furet / Værbitt

Furet / Værbitt A Necessary Death

Selma Falck #2

Selma Falck wakes to a nightmare. She’s naked and trapped in a burning cabin on a snow-covered mountain. She has no idea where she is or how she got there. Hurt and bleeding, she barely makes it out in time. Wearing nothing more than a pair of oversized rubber boots, she watches the cabin burn to the ground. There are no signs of human habitation nearby, the temperature is rapidly dropping, and a blizzard is approaching. She must survive.

As Selma fights the cold, the hunger and her own wounds, it comes back to her in bits and pieces. She tries to put it all together, and eventually it forms a frightening picture of the past six months. Selma realizes that she not only has to survive, but make it back to civilization, quickly. Murder has been committed, and a great injustice must be stopped. The future of the nation itself is at stake.


Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK 2021
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  • “As a political suspense novel displaying Holt’s usual sense of current political agendas, [A Necessary Death] virtuously performs one of the most daunting themes of recent years.”


    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “In addition to being an elementally suspenseful novel, which is hard to put down, it is also a novel that encourages reflection.”

    Litteratursiden.dk, Denmark

  • “[A Necessary Death] is right up the alley of crime fiction lovers.”

    Bibliotekernes lektørudtalelse, Denmark

  • “Highly recommended.”


    Bechsbooks.dk, Denmark

  • “[Anne Holt is a] complete professional. /…/ Frighteningly topical and important.”

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “[A Necessary Death] is a scarily good social commentary.”

    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “This book has something as rare in this genre as a message. The fact that this message has grown even more relevant in the time between the novel was written and published, almost makes it into a piece of horror.”

    Dagsavisen, Norway

  • “The rhetoric about and from the online news sites Resett and Sørlandsnyhetene echoes in the novel. To create a crime novel about this overheated theme was very timely!”

    Fædrelandsvennen, Norway

Anne Holt
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Reading material

Norwegian edition

Rights sold

Denmark, Modtryk

Finland, Gummerus

Germany, Atrium

Iceland, Tindur

Italy, Einaudi

Norway, Gyldendal

Sweden, Piratförlaget

UK, Atlantic Books

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