Saturday evening the winner of the 2019 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year was announced. The winner is The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst – and this is the judges’ statement:
“THE KATHARINA CODE is a twenty-year-old mystery and failure of justice that haunts its investigator. From the code’s intriguing introduction in the novel’s opening pages to the duel of wits at its end, Jørn Lier Horst has crafted an outstanding and thrilling police procedural. The judges were particularly impressed with how the author takes established tropes – the ‘cold case’, the longstanding suspect, the dogged nature of policework – and combines them in ways that are innovative and fresh.”
Jørn Lier Horst and William Wisting
Jørn Lier Horst used to work as a Senior Investigating Officer for the Norwegian police before he became a full time author. Thus he is very familiar with the methods of the police and everyday police work, experiences he uses well in his novels. This is the second time that Jørn Lier Horst has received the Petrona Award: he first won in 2016 with The Caveman. Both of the winning novels are from Horst’s well-known series featuring Chief Police Inspector William Wisting and both have been translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce. Jørn Lier Horst himself introduces his lead character in this article:
Introducing William Wisting
Recently some of the novels featuring William Wisting have been adapted for television in a joint production, that combines both English and Norwegian language. The first season of Wisting, follows the protagonist as he encounters one of the most challenging cases of his life. A wanted American serial killer is on the loose in Norway, as his daughter – a journalist – is chasing headlines, leading her straight to him. Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss plays a former New York-based FBI agent working with Wisting (Sven Nordin) and the story is mainly based on some of the earlier books in the William Wisting series, The Caveman and The Hunting Dogs . The filming has taken place in Wisting´s hometown, Larvik in Norway, where most of the most of the action also takes place in the books.