Nullpunkt Death Deserved

Oslo, 2018. Former queen of long-distance running Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always No. 1. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm goes to Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib number – “1” – has been pinned to the television.

Police officer Alexander Blix still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he fired his gun and killed the father of a five-year-old girl. Blix is given the job of heading the missing person investigation. Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the timing of the clues’ appearance seems to be carefully calculated. Is it all part of a greater plan they’re not yet seeing?

Circumstances force Blix and Emma to work together. Both are determined to find and stop the merciless killer with an obvious taste for the dramatic. He’s hungry for attention. And he’s just gotten his first taste of it…

Death Deserved is the first installment in a planned series.


  • “[Death Deserved] is resoundingly thrilling – and not solely thanks to the many cliff-hangers, but also because the authors know how to scatter (mis)information, making both the protagonists and us seduced readers turn our suspicions to various secondary characters. All in all, I’d like to call this novel a new high point in Norwegian crime fiction – one of this year’s best as far as I’m concerned.”


    Fyens Stiftstidende, Denmark

  • “There’s breakneck action, intriguing characters and sympathetic morals in Horst and Enger’s first joint opus.”

    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “A novel that won’t be soon forgotten, both because it is well-written and thrilling, and because its theme is quite relevant and topical.”

    Krimifan, Denmark

  • “To be seen, to be recognized and to be famous. Those are the themes that are treated in Death Deserved, and together they build a solid crime novel.”

    Bogblogger, Denmark

  • “A classical crime novel and a great start to an exciting partnership.”

    Bogfidusen, Denmark

  • “Two of Norway’s greatest crime and thriller writers have teamed up and written a high-powered, excellent crime novel. The two’s teamwork is successful right from page one. Death Deserved will obviously be one of this year’s best Norwegian crime novels. Horst and Enger craft a drama and a momentum throughout all 400 pages, making the book difficult to put down. It engages the reader, and you’re carried from page to page. /…/ The novel holds international standard.”


    Tvedestrandsposten, Norway

  • “[A] psychological serial killer thriller steeped in the mold of a British TV drama. [Horst & Enger] craft a summer crime novel with a break-neck pace. /…/ The transitions are elegant, the prose understated and without frills. /…/ This is, quite simply, lovely summertime entertainment that a wonderful mix of British crime and Nordic Noir.”


    Østlands-Posten, Norway

  • “Striking and thrilling. Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst’s crime fiction collaboration is as if custom-made for the great reading masses.”

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “There’s an excellent momentum in the book that Jørn Lier Horst has written together with Thomas Enger. It’s hard to put down. /…/ What’s most striking about this collaborative work of 430 pages, is that it never, ever gets boring. There’s not one dull part.”

    Fædrelandsvennen, Norway

  • “A successful criminal partnership. The crime fiction written in tandem by the two seasoned old foxes is a hit. /…/ [Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger] tell the story well and efficiently, there’s a nice momentum and a wonderful suspense level.”

    Adresseavisen, Norway

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Croatia, Fokus

Czech Republic, Zlin

Denmark, Modtryk

Estonia, Varrak

Germany, Blanvalet

Greece, Dioptra

Israel, Ivrit

Lithuania, Baltos Lankos

Netherlands, Bruna

Norway, Capitana

Poland, Smak Slowa

Portugal, Dom Quixote

Slovakia, Premedia

Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand

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