THOMAS ENGER

Norwegian mystery and thriller writer, internationally recognized for his books featuring the emotionally scarred crime reporter Henning Juul.

Biography

Thomas Enger (born in 1973) is a former journalist, who made his debut as a crime fiction writer with the novel Burned in 2009. This was the first in a series of five books about the haunted journalist Henning Juul. Enger writes gloomy and moody stories set in the criminal underworld of Norway, but his main characters are very human and endearing. The books contain the same piecing together of facts as police procedurals, but  Henning Juul being a journalist instead of a police, gives them quite another twist. The novels are best read in order.
Thomas Enger lives in Oslo and also works as a music composer.
Find out more on the author´s homepage.
Recently Thomas Enger has started co-writing a new crime fiction series together with another famous Norwegian crime fiction author –  Jørn Lier Horst.

Books

The Henning Juul series:

Burned (Henning Juul book 1)
2011
Translated by Charlotte Barslund
Original title:  Skinndød (2010)
Henning Juul is a veteran investigative crime reporter in Oslo. Two years ago a horrific fire killed his six-year-old son Jonas, cut scars across his face, and ended his marriage. As he returns to work, he struggles to escape this past and to be taken seriously again as a reporter. On his first day back at the job a body is discovered in one of the city’s public parks. In a solitary tent a half-buried woman is found. She’s been stoned to death and one of her hands has been cut off. When Henning is told to cover the story of the woman in the tent, he finds an increasingly dangerous trail and, despite an early arrest, he is convinced that the story is more complex than the police think…


Pierced (Henning Juul book 2)
2012
Translated by Charlotte Barslund
Original title: Fantomsmerte (2011)
Tori Pulli, a powerful player on Oslo’s underground crime scene, has been found guilty of murder. Henning Juul is contacted by Pulli, who claims that if Henning can help clear his name he can give him details of who was responsible for the fire which killed Henning´s six-year-old son. Henning realizes that the information Pulli promises is life threatening, but he is desperate to find the truth about the fire and justice for his son. As events take a deadly turn, Henning finds himself on the trail of two killers for whom the stakes have never been higher…


Scarred (Henning Juul book 3)
2014
Translated by Charlotte Barslund
Original title: Blodtåke (2013)
An elderly woman is found dead in a nursing home and the police  soon realize that they are on the trail of a meticulous killer, who has developed a keen taste for revenge. At the same time Trine Juul-Osmundsen, Norway’s Secretary of State and Henning Juul’s sister, receives an anonymous threat telling her to resign. Scarred reporter Henning Juul, finds himself torn between the two high profile cases. He wants to help his estranged sister, but as he digs into their past, he discovers memories that haunt them both. Memories of a broken home. Memories of a dead father. As the two cases collide, both their worlds threaten to fall apart.


Cursed (Henning Juul book 4)
2017
Translated by Kari Dickson
Original titel: Våpenskjold (2014)
What secret would you kill to protect? When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, her husband discovers that his wife’s life is tangled in mystery. Henning Juul becomes involved in the case when his ex-wife joins in the search for the missing woman, and the estranged pair find themselves enmeshed both in the murky secrets of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, and in the painful truths surrounding the death of their own son. When their lives are threatened, Juul is prepared to risk everything to uncover a sinister maze of secrets that ultimately leads to the dark heart of European history.


Killed (Henning Juul book 5)
2018
Translated by Kari Dickson
Original title: Banesår (2015)
Crime reporter Henning Juul thought his life was over when his young son was murdered, but he is determined to find his son’s killer. He doggedly follows an increasingly dangerous trail, where dark hands from the past emerge to threaten everything. His ex-wife Nora is pregnant with another man’s child, his sister Trine is implicated in the fire that killed his son and, with everyone he thought he could trust seemingly hiding something, Henning has nothing to lose … except his own life. He sets out on the last quest and the long-awaited finale of this dark, chilling and emotive series.

The Blix & Ramm series (co-written with Jørn Lier Horst):

Death Deserved / Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst (Blix & Ramm #1)
2020
Translated by Anne Bruce
Original title: Nullpunkt (2019)
Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows up at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number “one” has been pinned to the TV. Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to take care of the missing-person investigation. Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated—evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing. Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flare for the dramatic, and thirst for attention. The trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it.

Standalones:

Inborn
2019
Translated by Kari Dickson
Original title: Killerinstinkt (2017)
When the high school in a small Norwegian village becomes a murder scene, the finger is soon pointed at seventeen-year-old Even. As the investigation closes in, social media is ablaze with accusations, rumours and even threats, and Even finds himself the subject of an online trial as well as being grilled in the courtroom. Even pores over his memories of the months leading up to the crime, and it becomes clear that more than one villager was acting suspiciously and that there are many secrets beneath the calm surface of this close-knit community.  As events from the past play tag with the present, he’s forced to question everything he thought he knew. Was the death of his father in a car crash a decade earlier really accidental? Has a relationship stirred up something that someone is prepared to kill to protect?