An anti-hero of the far north

Deep fjords and windswept mountains – and an abandoned lighthouse on a remote island somewhere in the archipelago of Troms in northern Norway. The setting couldn´t be more “Nordic Noirish” than in Heine Bakkeid´s first crime fiction novel, I Will Miss You Tomorrow, published in the UK and US today. If you are a fan of troubled and tormented, but brilliant cops like Harry Hole, then Bakkeid´s protagonist, Thorkild Aske, might be something for you.

Thorkild Aske is a disgraced former-policeman, just being released from prison and still under psychiatric treatment. He is in a bad state and only wants to indulge into drugged dreams about Frei, the women he has lost forever. Yet when Frei’s young cousin goes missing off the Norwegian coast and Thorkild is called in by the family to find him, dead or alive, he cannot refuse to help. He travels to the remote island, where Rasmus stayed and at the abandoned lighthouse the first winter storm brings him a body. Though, it´s not Rasmus, but a young faceless woman and eventually it becomes obvious that there are more mysteries. Thorkild´s mental health and depression is used against him, as he tries to dig into the secrets of the small and quiet community – and he has to put his life at stake in order to find the truth.

Heine Bakkeid himself grew up in a small village in northern Norway and the novel´s dark and chilly atmosphere was inspired by is his own native landscape. A bleak and melancholy backdrop, where he has created a credible and well-executed plot with interesting and believable characters.  I Will Miss You Tomorrow is in a way a classic detective story, but Heine Bakkeid has a sense for the gothic and freely spices up his story with elements of horror and supernatural phenomenons. It´s a dark novel, but the darkness is balanced by the fascinating anti-hero Thorkild Aske and his wonderful gallows humour. It´s a compelling story about love, greed, guilt and human shortcomings.