The Inner Darkness (The Cold Case Quartet #3) by Jørn Lier Horst; Trnsl. by Anne Bruce

Jørn Lier Horst, author of The Katharina Code and The Cabin has a chilling new novel coming out 26 November – The Inner Darkness!

Book blurb

After four years behind bars, notorious serial killer Thomas Kerr is ready to talk. And Chief Inspector William Wisting has been waiting to listen. Kerr has finally agreed to lead the police to his final victim’s grave. But the expedition goes horribly wrong after his escape deep into the Norwegian forest. Wisting must launch a frantic search to find this cold-blooded killer before he strikes again.

My thoughts

I’m very much enjoying these books in the ‘cold case’ series. Well written and translated.

Horst writes in a very calm, understated way often seeming to move slowly – perhaps this is enhanced or should that be hindered by the way in which the police have to work – and yet he still builds up to a pacy, tense climax.

I enjoy reading this style even if I sometimes I want to shout ‘just do it!’ and Wisting is, at times, considered a bit of a ‘wildcard’ by others when really he has a love for the law and sticking to it that is almost naive and can, as in this story, be manipulated.

Wisting also has a sense of justice which often manifests into the need to finish what he started, to help those who are in scary situations and that is clearly shown in this story.

I am looking forward to more from this series. I like Wisting, Line and the rest – great characters, with all their foibles! I really want to see where some of these (working) relationships will go.

This is a wonderful book well worth reading. Highly recommended.


My thanks to Sophie Shaw and Michael Joseph for an invite to read this latest Wisting book from Jørn Lier Horst. All thoughts are my own, I do not receive payment for my reviews.

This is the third book featuring Chief Inspector William Wisting, the inspiration for the hit BBC4 show WISTING – if you haven’t seen this series yet it’s perfect for binge watching and you can find it on iPlayer here:


Publisher: Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin. (26 November 2020)

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Having worked as a police officer and head of investigations before becoming a full-time writer, Jørn Lier Horst has established himself as one of the most successful authors to come out of Scandinavia. His books have sold over two million copies in his native Norway alone and he’s published in twenty-six languages.

The Wisting series has been adapted for TV in 2019 by the producers behind Wallander and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Horst’s previous William Wisting novel, The Katharina Code, won the prestigious 2019 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel as well as the Nordic Noir Thriller of the Year in 2018 and was longlisted for the CWA International Dagger Award.

Visit Jørn Lier Horst Website | Follow on Twitter @LierHorst

William Wisting Series

  1. Key Witness (Org. Nøkkelvitnet, 2004)
  2. Disappearance of Felicia (Org. Felicia forsvant, 2005)
  3. When the Sea Calms (Org. Når havet stilner, 2006)
  4. The Only One (Org. Den eneste ene, 2007)
  5. Nocturnal Man (Org. Nattmannen, 2009)
  6. Dregs (Org. Bunnfall, 2010) – translated into English by Anne Bruce, 2011
  7. Closed for Winter (Org. Vinterstengt, 2011) – translated into English 2013
  8. The Hunting Dogs (Org. Jakthundene, 2012) – translated into English 2014
  9. The Caveman (Org. Hulemannen, 2013) – translated into English 2015
  10. Ordeal (Org. Blindgang, 2015) – translated into English 2016
  11. When It Grows Dark (Org. Når Det Mørkner, 2016) – translated into English 2016 (A prequel to the series.)
  12. The Katharina Code (Org. Katharina-koden, 2017) – translated into English 2018 (Book #1 ‘The Cold Case Quartet’)
  13. The Cabin (Book #2 ‘The Cold Case Quartet’)
  14. The Inner Darkness (Book #3 ‘The Cold Case Quartet’)


Anne Bruce has degrees in Norwegian and English from Glasgow University Nynorsk and Bokmål classic and modern texts, written and spoken Norwegian, as well as Old Norse, Icelandic, Swedish, and Danish. She has traveled extensively throughout Scandinavia on lecture and study visits, and undertaken translation and interpretation for visiting groups from Norway. She now lives on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. She has translated Wencke Mühleisen’s I Should Have Lifted You Carefully Over, Jørn Lier Horst’s Dregs, and Anne Holt’s Blessed Are Those Who Thirst.

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