Wienerbrorskapet Those Who Follow

Fredrik Beier #1

What starts off as a simple case of a missing person soon turns into a hunt for a brutal killer in a drama involving the members of a doomsday cult and monstrous experiments in racial purity dating all the way back to World War II. However, the tie to the past is yet to be uncovered when Superintendent Fredrik Beier is called to the scene of a mass murder on the outskirts of Oslo. The victims belonged to the isolationist doomsday cult “the Light of God”. Initially, everything seems to point to a religious vendetta, but Fredrik and his new partner Kafa Iqbal are sceptical and soon another line of inquiry emerges. Fredrik suddenly finds himself in the middle of a murder case, hunting not only for a faceless killer, but also for answers as to what lies hidden in the sect leaders’ mysterious pasts.

Ingar Johnsrud’s debut novel, Those Who Follow, heralds the arrival of a bold and imaginative new voice in Scandinavian crime fiction. Johnsrud demonstrates his skills as a masterful storyteller in this intricately woven and action-packed thriller.

Those Who Follow is the first installment in the series following Fredrik Beier and Kafa Iqbal.

“The smartest Scandinavian I’ve read for years.”
-Marc Elsberg, author of Blackout


Shortlisted for the Maurits Hansen Award – Fresh Blood Norway 2016
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  • “It is, quite simply, impressive! Ingar Johnsrud manages to bring life and excitement to what is a well tried genre. The highly ambitious plot, diverse gallery of characters and several leaps in time are steered safely into harbour with a steady hand, and not a single dull moment along the way. Full of suspense, yet familiar and solid in terms of literary quality. /…/ Bursting with bodily fluids, serums and madness, and action scenes that hit the target like a shot. The story is driven first and foremost by pure suspense. But it is also extremely well written, with a resonating undercurrent of repressed aggression. Crucially, Ingar Johnsrud has mastered the art of maintaining the impetus, without losing the reader along the way on one of the many sharp twists and turns in the plot. This is a polished first crime novel. The language is both rich and varied and the dialogue is credible. Johnsrud already holds his own as a worthy veteran of his chosen genre. So we can certainly look forward to the next two books of this planned trilogy.”


    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “"Johnsrud has created a magnificent debut novel. Rarely does a first-time author succeed in such a fashion as Johnsrud has with the suspense novel Those Who Follow. Short but snappy chapters urge the reader forward at record speed. /…/ [Johnsrud] shuns clichés and possesses a stylistically on-point language. At the same time, he knows to utilize traps to intensify the buzz of the novel. This debut promises great things for the sequel – all that is left to do is practice patience and eagerly await it."”


    Tvedestrandsposten, Norway

  • “"[Those Who Follow] is brimming with a contagious joy of story-telling and a keen eye for detail – both in terms of the overall picture and its smaller building blocks. /…/ Both Nesbø and Egeland have mastered the art of pushing their stories to the limits of what would be considered theoretically possible. Here, the point is not that something’s actually happened, but that it could have. Johnsrud joins this tradition with his nigh on over-stepping characters (motivated by mania and/or extreme zeal) that provide the fuel of a story filled with intense action, a heap of violence, numerous twists, and a solid build-up of tension. /…/ Those Who Follow is an ambitious thriller that could easily have overwhelmed a first-time author. But with Ingar Johnsrud, it certainly did not."”

    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “"The plot is driven by a keen literary sense and an obvious talent for balancing the language of a story teeming with logical as well as bewildering twists. A promising beginning to what is reported to become a trilogy /…/ the reader can [in Those Who Follow] savour an energetic intrigue painted with pleasing flair."”


    Trønder-Avisa, Norway

  • “"With convincing ease, he [Johnsrud] masterminds a complex story with ties to the Second World War, present-day Afghanistan, and the demanding daily life of the Oslo police. The narrative is driven by quick scene changes in short yet jam-packed chapters. /…/ Ingar Johnsrud holds the reins and steers the story in one direction after another, all with startling as well as painful revelations. /…/ As a debut work the novel astonishes with its complex storyline, brought to a conclusion in line with the strict rules of the crime fiction genre."”

    Dagsavisen, Norway

  • “"Those Who Follow is without a doubt a vigorous and grand exploration of the crime genre, a powerful fusion of historical context and modern-day fear of terrorism."”

    Aftenposten, Norway

  • “Ingar Johnsrud is the new star of noir.”

    Corriere della Sera, Italy

  • “Intense and devilishly well-told, the action scenes are like choreographed and clear slow-motion stories, proving that “literary” violence not only can match cinematic violence, but surpass it when done like this. /…/ [The action] is here expertly controlled.”

    Weekendavisen, Denmark

  • “Ingar Johnsrud’s [Those Who Follow] is the Millennium trilogy’s true successor.”

    Il Fatto Quotidiano, Italy

  • “When you read this first volume in a planned trilogy, you wouldn’t believe that it’s Ingar Johnsrud’s debut work. The plot, insanely ambitious and containing both leaps back in time, fear of terrorism, and religious mania, is expertly guided to its conclusion. [It’s] tremendously exciting yet somehow familiar and safe. The names of authors such as Jo Nesbø, Tom Egeland, and indeed even our own Jussi Adler-Olsen, can be strongly felt in the background, and that’s certainly not a bad thing for a first-time writer. /…/ The suspense carries the story. It is well-written, and the many terror acts are just perfect. At the same time, the author succeeds well in keeping track of the intricate storyline, the many characters and leaps back in time, without ever sacrificing the story’s momentum. The character descriptions are both relevant and interesting, and the main character Fredrik Beier is just the kind of hero you’ll want to keep following.”

    Litteratursiden, Denmark

  • Those Who Follow is an unforeseeable, well-written and mature conspiracy thriller. /…/ Johnsrud’s characters are credible and complex, the dialogues smart, the pace high, and the plot is effective and chilling. [Those Who Follow] is a blast of a political conspiracy thriller debut.”

    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “In an explosive mix of religious cults, racial hygiene, conspiracy theories, mercenaries and ethnically diverse police, Norwegian Ingar Johnsrud delivers his literary debut: a thrilling crime novel with a wonderful momentum and pace. /…/ When a thriller, both well written and well composed, makes one once and again lift one’s eyes and take a look at the surrounding world with the uncomfortable question in mind of whether here, too, ominous forces are at work trying to overthrow it, then that novel has done its job.”

    LitteraturNu, Denmark

  • “[Ingar Johnsrud’s] voice is entirely his own, intense, present and demanding the reader’s full attention. In the whirlwind of events that he presents, one has to be on one’s toes. Threads from the past are constantly linked to the present and the cuts between scenes are fast. /…/ Explosive action. Bloody struggles. Smallpox, anthrax and raw cynicism. Add to that erotic undertones. Yes, it’s not just a few ingredients that the debut author Johnsrud has mixed into his cocktail. But he does it all with intelligence and lucidity. And his character portrayals, for instance of the angst ridden Fredrik and the incorruptible Kafa, are nuanced.”

    Norrköpings Tidningar, Sweden

  • “[Ingar Johnsrud] is a debutant who will most certainly make a name for himself. How he succeeds in combining a fanatical sect called God’s Light with eugenics created by a professor in Wien during the 1930’s and a human monster, is in and of itself a captivating story. But damn if he doesn’t pull it off. /…/ everything is delivered with mad action. The plot is intelligent and [Johnsrud] writes so well it’s almost too artistic at times. If you like crime fiction then this is definitely a debut to sink your teeth into.”

    Tranås Tidning, Sweden

  • “A breathtaking story about Islamic terror, eugenics, and everyday police work.”

    Aftonbladet, Sweden

  • “Despite the traditional framing, Johnsrud manages to surprise and find a new angle in the discussion of good and evil, and the connections there are between the racism of the 1930-40s and that of today. Moreover, it is a madly action-packed story that has you on the edge of your seat all the way through.”

    Skånska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • Those Who Follow is a debut novel, and as such one must say that Ingar Johnsrud displays an assuredness in his storytelling. /…/ Johnsrud is an excellent storyteller who doesn’t place the information burden with his characters in the form of big dialogue sections, but instead takes it on himself to unfold the story for the reader in such a way that the great wealth of information doesn’t feel overwhelming. Johnsrud’s descriptions are painted with a multitude of colors, and he has a knife-sharp eye for details. /…/ In the same manner Johnsrud knows how to create suspense to make you shiver, regardless of whether the scene takes place on the East front during the war, or in contemporary Norway.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “The author has a talent for moving the story along nicely, only to then have it accelerate spectacularly and thrillingly. Two thirds into the novel, Johnsrud ups the ante even more, leaving the reader gasping for air. /…/ This book is the beginning of a trilogy that will make you look forward to the next installments.”

    Trouw, Netherlands

  • “Johnsrud has an enjoyable, fluid writing style, and throws in great action scenes.”

    Vrij Nederland, Netherlands

  • “A brilliant debut not to be missed.”

    Frankfurter Stadtkurier, Germany

  • “Compelling, a mix of Dan Brown and John Grisham with a Scandinavian touch.”

    Schöne Welt, Germany

  • “Intriguing and incredibly exciting thriller.”

    Wochenpost, Germany

  • “Be prepared for a spine-tingling crime story.”

    Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, Germany

  • “With his debut novel, Ingar Johnsrud has succeeded in making an amazing entry onto the crime scene – a real delight to read.”

    Neue Rundschau, Germany

  • “A brilliant thriller debut, not for the faint-hearted.”

    OK!, Germany

Photo: Jarli & Jordan Ingar Johnsrud
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Reading material

Norwegian edition

English translation

Rights sold

Bulgaria, Colibri

Czech Republic, Host

Denmark, Gyldendal

Estonia, Varrak

Finland, Like

France, Robert Laffont

Germany, Blanvalet

Greece, Patakis

Hungary, General Press

Italy, Einaudi

Lithuania, Alma littera

Netherlands, Meulenhoff Boekerij

Norway, Aschehoug

Poland, Otwarte

Russia, AST

Slovakia, Premedia

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

Film rights sold

Norway, Miso Film

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