Skriket The Scream

Markus Heger #1

From a podcast studio in the back of his camper, ex-military and former police student Markus Heger investigates old and new crime cases. “The scream nobody heard” was supposed to be a series about seven-year-old Leah Forsberg, who disappeared from Fagernes 15 years ago, but it only became one episode. Although Leah’s body was never found, her father was convicted of her murder. When another girl disappears, Markus finds himself drawn back into the case again, and information from a reliable source has him questioning if the right man was put behind bars.

Meanwhile, things from his past that he’s desperately been trying to push away keep resurfacing. His absent father writes from prison, asking to meet with him. Perhaps he can help Markus solve the case, and maybe they can mend their broken relationship at the same time.


  • “Separately, they are superb, but together they are, in my opinion, Norway’s best crime duo, and the fact that they come together for a series is a gift to a crime-loving Norway. It is actually the best thing that has ever happened to Norwegian crime. /…/  It’s without a doubt one of the best crime novels of the year. You could search frantically for something similar abroad (…) no genius has come up with something so resilient before. /…/ This is one of the few crime novels I will read again, and you get pretty sweaty at times on Heger’s behalf.  ”


    Randaberg24, Norway

  • “Innovative and sharp from Fjell and Lier Horst. /…/ We get fascinating characters, increasing tension, and an intricate plot. The scream both surprises and fascinates. (…) The development of the main character is both believable and interesting.”


    Fredriksstad Blad, Norway

  • “Entertaining and original. /…/ The story has a varied gallery of characters and a convincing portrayal of a rural environment that harbors secrets, evil, bullying, and revenge.”


    Dagbladet, Norway

  • The Scream has everything a reader could ask for: a good plot, intense tension, and a most unexpected revelation about the person behind the crime./…/ From the first page, you are drawn into the story. The drama is so intense that it is difficult to put the book down. /…/ Together, they have managed to write a masterpiece of a novel. ”


    Tvedestrandsposten, Norway

  • “The story is told in an engaging way that makes me, as a reader, interested and curious all the way from beginning to end. (…) This crime collaboration is top-notch. I loved everything about it, and I think Fjell & Horst have a refreshing style, an exuberant language, great dialogue, and a vivid presentation of both characters, environment, and history. It simply feels refreshing, new, alive, and exciting. One thing is certain after reading The Scream: We want more Markus Heger!”


    Krimlitteratur, Norway

Jørn Lier Horst & Jan-Erik Fjell
  • Crime
Reading material

Norwegian edition

Rights sold

Denmark, Politiken

Estonia, Eesti Raamat

Germany, Blanvalet

Netherlands, Bruna

Norway, Bonnier Norsk

Poland, Smak Slowa

Serbia, Laguna

Slovakia, Premedia

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