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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst.

Twenty-four years ago Katharina Haugen went missing. All she left behind was her husband, Martin, and a mysterious string of numbers scribbled on a piece of paper.

Every year on October 9th Chief Inspector William Wisting takes out the files to the case he was never able to solve. Stares at the code he was never able to crack. And visits the husband he was never able to help.

But now Martin Haugen is missing too.

As Wisting prepares to investigate another missing persons case he's visited by a detective from Oslo. Adrian Stiller is convinced Martin's involved in another disappearance of a young woman and asks Wisting to close the net around Martin.

But is Wisting playing cat and mouse with a dangerous killer or a grief-stricken husband who cannot lay the past to rest?

Set between the icy streets and dark forests of Norway, The Katharina Code is a heart-stopping story of one man's obsession with his coldest case.

©2018 Jørn Lier Horst (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Masterpiece

His books just get better and better. This one was another beautifully written book! Keep them coming!

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Mediocre

I love Scandinavian crime so was intrigued by this book's title. At the start of it, the intriguing plot is at first engaging but soon becomes predictable and a bit long-winded in unfolding.

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Moderately OK.

This did hold my interest, but somehow I found it rather stodgy and lack lustre. I felt that the successful conclusion was reached by bumbling coincidences, not by police procedures.
The characters were nothing special, nor particularly likeable.
It was OK, but I think that this is my last by this author.

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The best kind of Nordic crime novel.

A slow burner with a real human element. This is not a fast paced thriller with car chases and blazing guns, but rather a more realistic mystery with good investigation, psychology and emotion. If you’re looking for a Wallander-esque story with gritty realism then Wisting is your man.

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Really enjoyable

First time I have listened to this author and narrator - I really enjoyed both. The story moved along at a good pace with lots of interesting side elements. The narration was excellent, clear with a good use of tone.

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Are Audible forcing us to write reviews?

Well if they are I’m afraid every book will get one star treatment until it stops.

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In the end, not much suspense

...in the story. One would have to say, also, that this is competently, but, somehow, not very charismatically, read by Tim McInnerny. Previous titles by this author have been read by Saul Reichlin, who is much better. Can’t quite quantify how, but listen to samples of both & see if you agree!

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Where's Saul Reichlin?

I have really enjoyed all the William Wisting stories until now! I have to say that Tim McInnerny's narration was terrible at best, it thoroughly ruined The Katharina Code.

Saul Reichlin brings William Wisting to life, I'm afraid Tim McInnerny made William Wisting and all the other characters dull and down right boring. I've just cancelled my pre-order for The Cabin, The Cold Case Quartet, Book 2 until I know who the narrator will be and if it's Tim Mcinnerney, I will buy the book instead

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Save 11 hours of your life and don't buy

Somehow I managed to finish it. Hour after hour went by while I waited for it to ignite but it never did. Tedious, slow, not worth waiting for what was delivered. The reveal was totally underwhelming and sad to say the narrator was very poor with the same accent used for four or five different characters. I 'll never read anything by this author again.

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Good story

I found the audio book slow to begin with, and it took a little while to become engrossed and immersed in it, but it was a really good listen and a good book

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  • 09-10-19

Average

Heard a review on the radio and sounded very interesting but it was a little flat. Did not inspire me to look up this author again.

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  • 02-07-19

Well written, slowly unraveling

Well written story maybe a bit slowl unraveling. The narrator read a (too) fast pace. He had barely finished the last sentence and alteady the new chapter is being announced

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  • 07-11-18

Jorn Lier Horst slowly unravelled a 24 year old

Jorn Lier Horst, author of the Chief Inspector William Wisting series, sets his main character Wisting to slowly unravel a mysterious 24 year old disappearance and also solves an cold case faked kidnapping. All the elements are there for a great book, but perhaps let down somewhat by the narrator.