Røykteppe Smoke Screen

Blix & Ramm #2

An explosion rocks the city of Oslo on New Year’s Eve and Norway is put on terror alert. Among the wounded is someone Alexander Blix knows well. Ruth-Kristine Smeplass is the mother of 2-year-old Patricia, kidnapped ten years ago. Blix was heavily involved in the investigation all those years back, but no trace could be found of the missing girl. As the case gains public attention once more, news blogger Emma Ramm is intrigued by the unsolved mystery. Blix and Ramm both set out to penetrate the smoke screen that’s been put up to cover the truth behind Patricia’s abduction.

Smoke Screen is the second installment in Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s bestselling Blix & Ramm series.


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  • “[Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s] collaborations — of which Smoke Screen is the second — coalesce to impressive effect. /…/ Enger/Horst know exactly how to manipulate the reader.”

    Financial Times, UK

  • “The two strong characters of Blix and Ramm complement each other brilliantly in their search for the culprit behind a suspected terrorist attack in central Oslo. /…/ A clever, fast-paced puzzle packed with suspense. Despite the sometimes graphic elements in the story, the book has a gentle focus on the human drama behind the bloodshed.”


    Vrij Nederland, The Netherlands

  • “A suspenseful story with plenty of contemporary feel to it.”

    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

  • “A multilayered and engaging social drama. /…/ The combination of Horst and Enger is a successful one. As in their previous thriller, Death Deserved – also worth reading – the two don’t just offer up a skillfully composed puzzle, but pieces from the protagonists’ private lives. A great mix in 328 entertaining pages.”

    Norran, Sweden

  • “Horst/Enger invites [the reader] to a well-directed guided tour through dysfunctional family relations and various rough environments in the search for the solution to the [novel’s] mystery.”

    Aftenposten, Norway

  • “The plot is propelled by an excellent and solid crime mystery with several surprising twists.”

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “Nerve-racking summer suspense. /…/ Brace yourself – the suspense doesn’t let up from page one till the end. /…/ The suspense level is so high it’s hard to put the book down. This is crime fiction entertainment of the highest order, penned by two of Norway’s most prominent crime writers, both familiar with the environments they write about. The combination of an ongoing case and a so-called “cold case” is excellently handled. /…/ Death Deserved was a high point, but Smoke Screen is even better. /…/ Smoke Screen is, alongside Knife by Jo Nesbø, this summer’s great reading experience within the crime and suspense genre.”


    Tvedestrandsposten, Norway

  • “Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst keep up the suspense. /…/ The fast-paced and appetite-stirring prologue of Smoke Screen hits the bullseye. So does what comes after.”

    Dagbladet, Norway

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Reading material

Norwegian edition

Rights sold

Arab World, Al Arabi

Croatia, Fokus

Czech Republic, Zlin

Denmark, Modtryk

Estonia, Varrak

France, Gallimard

Germany, Blanvalet

Greece, Dioptra

Lithuania, Baltos Lankos

Netherlands, Bruna

Norway, Bonnier Norsk

Poland, Smak Slowa

Portugal, Dom Quixote

Slovakia, Premedia

Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand

UK, Orenda Books (World English)

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