Jakthundene The Hunting Dogs

William Wisting #8

Seventeen years ago William Wisting led the investigation into one of Norway’s most talked about criminal cases: the murder of young Cecilia Linde. Now signs have appeared that evidence was planted and the wrong man might have been convicted. Wisting is suspended and the media smells blood. Used to being the one doing the hunting, Wisting finds himself in the uncomfortable position of being the hunted. To uncover what really happened and clear his name, he will have to conduct his own, undercover investigation, aided by his journalist daughter Line. But as the clock ticks and yet another young woman disappears, Wisting’s chances of proving himself seem ever more tenuous.


Longlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière France 2018
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award Sweden 2014
The Glass Key The Nordic Countries 2013
The Riverton Prize Norway 2012
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  • “[The Hunting Dogs] should be read by anyone who likes crime fiction. It’s quite simply astonishingly well-written.”

    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “Jørn Lier Horst tells this story with the best tools of the genre and without resorting to any simple solutions. It feels as if the novel comes with a built-in page-turner.”

    Dagsavisen, Norway

  • “It’s an amazing read!”


    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “Goes straight to the reader’s heart.”


    Haugesunds Avis, Norway

  • “With The Hunting Dogs Jørn Lier Horst delivers a seamless novel – his best so far.”


    Østlands-Posten, Norway

  • The Hunting Dogs is a novel worth the hunt.”


    Varden, Norway

  • “It couldn’t be done any better. /…/ The Hunting Dogs has everything one could wish for in this genre: intensity, an intrigue filled with the most exquisite of characters, and a talent for portrayal that enters the realm of psychological profiling, both when it comes to the central figures, and the perpetrators. All handled by an author who can build as well as push the intrigue forward and give the contents complete credibility.”


    Tønsbergs Blad, Norway

  • “An effective hunt.”


    Trønder-Avisa, Norway

  • “Jørn Lier Horst has with The Hunting Dogs delivered a page-turner. Again.”


    Telemarksavisa, Norway

  • “A piece of crime fiction you guaranteedly won’t be able to put down.”


    Moss Avis, Norway

  • “[A] glimmering crime story that makes Horst one of my Norwegian favorites.”

    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

  • “Brilliant /…/ My favourite at the moment.”

    Aftonbladet, Sweden

  • “Jørn Lier Horst /…/ has an ability to convey the police’s curious sniffing so that you yourself are drawn into the hunt.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “Jørn Lier Horst is a promising new friendship and his novel The Hunting Dogs suits me perfectly; a good blend of private life and suspense.”

    Norran, Sweden

  • The Hunting Dogs is a really excellent story, with a well-developed set of characters and a smart intrigue with several mysteries running parallel to each other; the suspense is also allowed to build gradually.”

    Örnsköldsviks Allehanda, Sweden

  • “This page-turner is worth an all-nighter. Awarded the title of 2014’s best foreign novel of the year.”

    Halmstad 7 Dagar, Sweden

  • “Gripping and well executed.”

    The Herald, UK

  • “An immaculately plotted, beautifully structured novel, complex and full of tension.”

    Crime Time, UK

  • “In Jørn Lier Horst we have found a Scandinavian author of class.”

    Hebban, Netherlands

Photo: Anton Soggiu Jørn Lier Horst
  • Crime
Reading material

Norwegian edition

English edition

Rights sold

Bulgaria, Izida

Czech Republic, Zlin

Denmark, Modtryk

Estonia, Eesti Raamat

Finland, Otava

France, Gallimard

Germany, Droemer Knaur

Hungary, Animus

Italy, Rizzoli

Japan, Hayakawa

Korea, Munhakdongne

Latvia, Jumava

Lithuania, Baltos Lankos

Netherlands, Bruna

North Macedonia, Begemot

Norway, Gyldendal

Poland, Smak Slowa

Portugal, Dom Quixote

Romania, Trei

Russia, AST

Slovakia, Premedia

Spain, Penguin Random House

Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand

UK, Sandstone

Film rights sold

Norway, Cinenord

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