Nøkkelvitnet The Key Witness

William Wisting #1

Based on a real-life case.

Preben Pramm has been dead for a week. He’s been stripped naked, bound, and subjected to horrific torture. The house has been turned upside down – a sign of frustrated perpetrators unable to find what they were looking for? Pramm has neither friends nor relatives, and hardly even talks to his neighbors. What was his secret? Why did Preben Pramm have to die?

“The case is known as one of the most brutal and bizarre in modern Norwegian criminal history. On my first day at the Larvik police, I was allowed past the police tape at the crime scene. It was a peculiar feeling, crossing that threshold and retracing the steps of an unknown killer. The experience of walking from room to room and seeing the merciless traces of a life and death struggle became the start of my authorship.”
– Jørn Lier Horst


  • “The most credible thing I’ve read in a long, long time.”

    Aftenposten, Norway

  • “An excellent police procedural that’s absolutely worth the read.”

    TV2, Norway

  • “The resolution is written with a policeman’s solid knowledge. There’s a pleasant momentum to the story, making the reading just leap forward. /…/ We’re finally seeing the start of this solid series of crime novels.”

    Krimisiden, Denmark

  • “Credible and authentic.”

    Bogblogger.dk, Denmark

Photo: Anton Soggiu Jørn Lier Horst
  • Crime
Reading material

Norwegian edition

Rights sold

Denmark, Modtryk

Estonia, Eesti Raamat

Finland, Otava

Norway, Gyldendal

Poland, Smak Slowa

Slovakia, Premedia

Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand

Film rights sold

Norway, Cinenord

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