Sister by Kjell Ola Dahl

Today I’m delighted to be hosting the blog tour for another triumph from author Kjell Ola Dahl and his publisher, Orenda Books. Sister has been superbly been translated to English by Don Bartlett and will be published on April 30th in both paperback and ebook.


Oslo detective Frølich searches for the mysterious sister of a young female asylum seeker, but when people start to die, everything points to an old case and a series of events that someone will do anything to hide…
Suspended from duty, Detective Frølich is working as a private investigator, when his girlfriend’s colleague asks for his help with a female asylum seeker, who the authorities are about to deport. She claims to have a sister in Norway, and fears that returning to her home country will mean instant death.

Frølich quickly discovers the whereabouts of the young woman’s sister, but things become increasingly complex when she denies having a sibling, and Frølich is threatened off the case by the police. As the body count rises, it becomes clear that the answers lie in an old investigation, and the mysterious sister, who is now on the run…

A dark, chilling and up-to-the-minute Nordic Noir thriller, Sister is also a tense and well-plotted murder mystery with a moving tragedy at its heart, cementing Kjell Ola Dahl as one of the greatest crime writers of our generation.

My thoughts

In March 2019 I read my first Kjell Ola Dahl novel, The Courier and I was completely blown away by it. He has written many novels but this was where I first discovered him. So it was with great excitement that I accepted an invitation to take part in the blog tour for his latest offering, Sister.

Sister is a very different novel but is an equally thrilling and engrossing read. Kjell has this wonderful ability to sink right into his subject matter and his plotting and the obvious extent of his research is brilliant. Sister touches on subjects that are very relevant and upto date. As I write this many of us sit at home, keeping ourselves and those around us safe from a virus that has no discrimination. Yet what if our homes were not a place of safety but a place we needed to escape from? There has been many novels written around the theme of refugees and this touches on the subject in a new way. Kjell has brilliantly used this to create a thrilling, page-turning novel; a mystery that will keep you held within it’s suspense until the very end.

Detective Frolich is an interesting character. The story dark and sinister. There are more in the Oslo Detectives series and I for one will be reading more from this brilliant author.

Thank you so, so much Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. Thanks too to the wonderful Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me an early reading copy. Quality guaranteed with Orenda Books!

About the author

Kjell Ola Dahl

Kjell Ola Dahl

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in
1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

You can follow Kjell on Twitter at @ko_dahl

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