Nattmannen The Night Man

William Wisting #5

Larvik, Norway. An autumn morning shrouded in thick fog. When the haze pulls back across the town square, it reveals a horrific sight: a woman’s head impaled on a stake. Her identity is unknown, but she is obviously young.

William Wisting is facing the most grotesque murder in the whole of his career as a policeman. All of Norway is shocked and the mass media is demanding a quick resolution. The pressure doesn’t lessen when a second body is found, dragged up from the bottom of the river. The investigation takes Wisting into brutal surroundings; weapons dealers, drug smugglers, and shameless exploitation of the most defenceless among us.


  • “Belongs to the cream of Norwegian crime writers. /…/ Yet another outstanding crime novel from the well-informed author.”

    Aftenposten, Norway

  • The Night Man is an extremely well-crafted crime novel. Jørn Lier Horst begins with a gruesome incident, almost to scare the reader into engaging with the text, but then he doesn’t need many more shock effects.”

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • The Night Man is Jørn Lier Horst’s fifth book about the policeman William Wisting, and he has long been established as a solid craftsman of crime. As Horst himself is a police investigator, he has a good grasp of the professional aspects, and he is a clever narrator who builds up the mystery in an outstanding way.”

    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “Wonderful suspense, grotesque crimes, pace and tension from beginning to end. Jørn Lier Horst’s new crime novel The Night Man has most. Let it be said at once: The Night Man is Lier Horst’s best book so far. And that says a lot, considering all the praise critics have heaped on his earlier publications.”

    Østlands-Posten, Norway

  • “Yet another solid police novel to please crime-lovers.”

    Bokavisen, Norway

  • “Well-written, important, and very thrilling!”

    Norli, Norway

  • “I have said it before, but I’ll say it again: I consider Jørn Lier Horst to be one of the sharpest knives in the drawer when it comes to writing crime novels in Norway.”

    Tønsberg Blad, Norway

Photo: Anton Soggiu Jørn Lier Horst
  • Crime
Reading material

Norwegian edition

English translation

Rights sold

Denmark, Modtryk

Finland, Otava

Greece, Dioptra

Norway, Gyldendal

Poland, Smak Slowa

Slovakia, Premedia

Sweden, Lind & Co

UK, Michael Joseph

Film rights sold

Norway, Cinenord

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