St. Avenger (#4)
Heine Bakkeid (b. 1974) grew up in the rugged landscape of Northern Norway, where mist-shrouded waters meet some of Scandinavia’s most striking mountain formations. Bakkeid made his literary debut in 2005 when he published a spy novel for young adults. Since then he has gone on to write several novels for young readers. The acclaimed I Will Miss You Tomorrow – the first installment in the Thorkild Aske series – was Bakkeid’s first venture into crime fiction, and earned him the critics’ recognition as a virtuoso of darkly atmospheric suspense. The series’ dark undertones and windswept landscapes are fetched from Bakkeid’s own native North.
When the badly battered corpse of what is presumed to be police officer Simon Bergeland is discovered buried in the sand dunes of Stavanger’s local beach, Thorkild Aske finds himself returning to the city haunting his dreams in search of answers. Stavanger is where it all went to hell; where he lost Frei and his job at the Special Unit. Simon Bergeland, Frei’s lover, was to blame – but has remained missing ever since that fateful day. Soon, it emerges that the events of the past were nothing like Thorkild thought, and when the threats towards him amass it stands clear that his return to Stavanger isn’t simply unwanted – it could also cost him his life.
St. Avenger is the thrilling fourth installment in Heine Bakkeid’s lauded series about the tormented and sardonic former interrogator Thorkild Aske.
The trade paperback edition of Scatter Her Ashes, the second installment in Heine Bakkeid’s Thorkild Aske series, just published in Iceland by publisher Ugla, goes straight to No. 1 on the paperback list and to No. 3 on the all formats bestseller list of leading book retailer Eymundsson.
Former interrogation leader Thorkild Aske must return to his roots on Iceland when his father Ulfur, an environmentalist with a checkered past, is stricken with cancer. But Ulfur is also in jail: he has been charged with the murder of his young lover. When Ulfur insists that he is innocent of the crime, Thorkild and his sister find themselves searching for the truth and the real killer. Their journey across Iceland and into the murky depths of the past – their own as well as that of Ulfur’s radical environmentalist group – threatens to lay bare dark secrets best forgotten. The price of the truth will be exacted in lives.
We Shall Not Awaken is the third Thorkild Aske novel, and a true exploration of the gothic and sardonic universe of Heine Bakkeid’s lauded protagonist.
The shortlist for the 2018 Riverton Prize has been announced in Norway, and Heine Bakkeid is one of the five authors listed. Bakkeid has been nominated for his acclaimed Meet Me in Paradise, the second Thorkild Aske novel. The jury has the following to say about Bakkeid and the title:
“Nordic noir thrives in the second novel of this promising crime series. /…/ The excellent and original prose elevates this novel far above many others of the same genre. A particularly well-executed plot holds the reader captive during this entertaining and thrilling piece of crime fiction, wherein humor has also been given some space.”
It’s July and 2018 has officially entered its second half. But lest the previous spring months be forgotten, the Norwegian Bookseller’s Association has compiled lists over the most sold books during January-June, divided by genre and category.
At the very top of the list for Norwegian fiction is Jo Nesbø, with Macbeth. A steady No. 1 throughout spring, Nesbø is joined at the top by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes, who claim the No. 1 position on the Norwegian children’s books list with Operation Shipwreck. Jørn Lier Horst also occupies the No. 2 and No. 3 spot, with The Triangle Mystery and The Search for the Castle’s Secret respectively.
Just published in Norway last week, Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth goes straight to No. 1 on both the hardcover fiction bestseller list and e-book list. Nesbø is joined at the top by Kristina Ohlsson, whose Unwanted climbs yet again, coming in at No. 1 this week. Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ thirteenth Detective Agency No. 2 book, Operation Shipwreck, comes in just below on the hardcover fiction list, claiming the No. 3 spot. Heine Bakkeid’s second novel about the haunted former interrogator Thorkild Aske, Meet Me in Paradise, features at No. 4 on the e-book list.
Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Shipwreck climbs to No. 2 on the official bestseller list for hardcover fiction in Norway. It is joined by Kristina Ohlsson’s first installment in the Fredrika Bergman series, Unwanted, coming in at No. 3 on the paperback list. Meanwhile, Heine Bakkeid’s Meet Me in Paradise makes another appearance on the e-book list, claiming the No. 3 spot.
Just a week after its publication in Norway, Heine Bakkeid’s critically acclaimed Meet Me in Paradise makes its debut appearance on the official bestseller list, jumping straight up to No. 2 on the e-book list.
On the hardcover fiction list, Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes feature in the top yet another week with their Operation Shipwreck, the thirteenth Detective Agency No. 2 book. This week, Operation Shipwreck comes in at No. 3.
The haunted former interrogation leader Thorkild Aske reluctantly agrees to take on the job of consulting detective for Milla Lind, a renowned Norwegian crime fiction writer. Lind’s previous consultant, also a former policeman, was killed on the job as they were working on Lind’s latest novel, a story based on the real-life case of two girls mysteriously disappearing from an orphanage. It isn’t long till Aske begins to suspect that there’s more to the case, Milla Lind, and his predecessor’s death, than he first thought.
Meet Me in Paradise is the second novel in Heine Bakkeid’s chilling series about Thorkild Aske.
Heine Bakkeid’s crime fiction debut I Will Miss You Tomorrow has been chosen by BOK365 as one of this Easter’s top 10 reads. Their printed magazine BOK praises Bakkeid’s literary talent and unique voice, calling the novel “unputdownable”.
Heine Bakkeid (b. 1974) grew up in the rugged landscape of Northern Norway, where mist-shrouded waters meet some of Scandinavia’s most striking mountain formations. Bakkeid made his literary debut in 2005 when he published a spy novel for young adults. Since then he has gone on to write several novels for young readers. The acclaimed I Will Miss You Tomorrow is Bakkeid’s first venture into crime fiction, and has earned him the critics’ recognition as a virtuoso of darkly atmospheric suspense. The novel’s dark undertones and windswept landscapes are fetched from Bakkeid’s own native North.