In Akershus University Hospital, a patient disappears. In the evening, his body is found in a basement box-room with its throat cut. When retired forensic pathologist Jennifer Plåterud is called in to examine the dead man, she has no idea of how closely she is involved in the murder herself. In the merciless light of summer, she is gradually forced to grasp the connections she would have preferred to ignore.
This is a psychologically tense, closed-room crime story set in a hospital, but with links to the Balkan wars in the 1990s, the Rosengård gangs in the Swedish city of Malmö and Torkil Damhaug’s own world of characters from the Romerike district near Oslo.
With Sikre tegn på din død Damhaug has completed his planned quartet of psychological thrillers, each book set in a different season. He won the Riverton Prize for the third book in the quartet; Ildmannen.
‘Sophisticated and well-integrated ?gourmet crime’ from Damhaug with a plot which spans nations, all sewn together with surgical precision.’
‘Convoluted murder mosaic reaching out through time and space.’
‘Great crime writing from Riverton prize winner Damhaug... Sikre tegn på din død is a brilliant new psychological crime novel from someone who knows their craft and has taken their research seriously.’
‘A thoughtful thriller … Damhaug fires an adrenaline-inducing starting gun, and then all you can do is sit back and follow it around the bends of intelligent intrigue and through a number of destinies which in addition to many other things embody the complexity of a new, multicultural Norway. ... overall a superior thriller, boosted by Marius Renberg’s exceptionally indulgent and imaginative cover design.’
‘More than a thriller … Torkil Damhaug is an ambitious author, he wants to do more than just tell a readable story.’
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