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Product Details

  • Series: The Henning Juul Series
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Tra edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781451616453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451616453
  • ASIN: 1451616457
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An intriguing new voice in crime." —NJ Cooper

“This promises to be a crime fiction series worth watching.” —Library Journal

“The careful revealing of clues, the clever twists, and the development of Henning Juul and the supporting characters make this a very promising start to a new series.” —Suspense Magazine

“Suspenseful, dark, and gritty, this is a must-read." —Booklist

“A gripping narrative that begs comparison to Stieg Larsson.” —Bookpage

“The name is Thomas Enger. Make sure you remember it, because he’s a man about to join the ranks of the best crime novel writers of the Nordic countries ... and he has achieved something quite exceptional already with his first novel, Burned ... It’s one of the best crime novels this reviewer has read for a long time, in a language that sparkles and gleams in strong images and a tempo that almost makes you forget to draw breath.” — Kristeligt Dagblad

“Thomas Enger has written a solid and effective crime novel." —Jyllandsposten Posten

“It’s an excellent debut, the main character and his fate is brilliantly drawn." —Weekendavisen, Denmark

“Impressive new Norwegian thriller" —Vejle Amts Folkeblad

“Burned is cleverly worked out, exciting, surprising." —Bogblogger (blog)

“It’s very rare to be presented with a thriller in which the language and the empathy is top notch, so that your eyes are truly opened wide.” — Børsen

"An excellent read...fascinating." —Journey of a Bookseller (blog)

“An intriguing Norwegian whodunit." —Genre Go Round (blog)

“A likeable, if wounded, protagonist made this a good read, and if you like an intriguing mystery that doesn’t waste time on florid prose, you’ll enjoy Burned!” --My Bookish Ways (blog)

“Unforgettable…the interweaving stories were simply engrossing. A masterful debut thriller from an author who happens to be Scandinavian.” —Misfit Salon (blog)

About the Author

Thomas Enger is a former journalist and a music composer. He lives in Oslo, Norway.

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I look forward to reading the next in the series.
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The plot has enough twists to keep the book interesting until the very last page, even when the culprit has been unveiled.
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The author does a great job with character development and allows the reader to truly immerse themselves in the story.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roslyn Abell on December 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
By Thomas Enger

Thomas Enger has developed a character in Henning Juul that is both endearing and frustrating to the reader. His quiet demeanor covers up a rebellious and tenacious nature.
A gap in the solution of any problem brings out his determinism and professional standards. It also gets him into trouble with his boss, co-workers and those who want to hide what they have done.

In Burned, Henning is returning to his old job on 123news, an Internet only newspaper, after spending two years recuperating from a horrible apartment fire that killed his six-year-old son and left him with scars. The scars on the outside of his face are nothing compared to the ones on the inside, guilt and fear.

In his absence there have been changes that Juul's nature finds annoying to deal with and subconsciously thwarts the rules. His immediate supervisor is now Heidi Kjus, a temp he had hired years a go as an assistant. She developed sharp elbows and made demands even as a temp. Before he can find a pen that works, he is assigned to cover the Murder at Ekeberg Common with Iver Gundersen a deliver of big stories, hired in Henning's absence.

Henning has the skill to get people to talk to him. He establishes good contact and is able to get information from those who at first are weary of him. He is curious by nature and doesn't allow himself to be taken in with the first thing people tell him.

The murder of the young women suggests that this will be a story involving Muslims and Shari in Norway. This is just Enger starting to befuddle the reader with some great twists and turns.
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Format: Paperback
There is something in the Scandinavian climate that makes its residents to write such great mysteries. And although a real boom of Scandinavian crime novels happened, each of them in an original way weave a web of brutal crimes, complex characters and a whopping twists and turns.

Thomas Enger is a Norwegian author of crime novels that have been translated into more than 20 languages, and 'Burned' is the first novel in the series that introduces a reporter Henning Juul.

Henning Juul returned to journalistic duties after two years of rest and the first day in the office he will receive the news of the brutal murder of a young student Henriette Hagerup. Scary way how this murder was committed reminds the police officers to hudud punishment, criminal law mentioned in the Koran, and the prime suspect, because of his origin, became her boyfriend Mahmoud Marhoni.

Along with the police investigation, Henning will make his own that will lead him to Henriette’s colleague Anette with whom she worked on a movie script. But what happens would be surprising both for him and the police - the script is perfect match with events that took place during Henriette murder...

Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK), the Norwegian Broadcasting station had declared Enger a new Nesbø, however although both with their artful creation of tense crime novels deserve the very top of the European charts, their main characters are different in many ways. While Harry Hole is troublesome and selfish, Henning, who experienced terrible family tragedy, is lonely and unhappy man, whose scars on his face are not even close to those he carries inside.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on November 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
In a powerful story, somewhat reminiscent of Steig Larrson's protagonist, Mikael Blomkvist, in the Millennium Trilogy. Thomas Enger describes the activities of a Norwegian journalist who investigates a brutal death.

The story is set in Oslo, Norway where Henning Juul is a crime reporter. He returns to work after a leave of absence caused by a fire in his flat that killed his six-year-old son and left him visually and mentally scared. The fire and death of his son was the last straw in ending his marriage. When his wife came to see him in the hospital, it was only to get him to sign the divorce papers.

On his first day back at the newspaper office, they body of a college student is found at a local park. She had been buried up to her head and was stoned to death.

Authorities consider that this could have been a ritual killing but, as Juul investigates, he disagrees with the popular opinion.

Through the story, Juul shows his compassion. He is tactful when interviewing friends of the deceased and respectful of the murdered victim, Henriette Hagerup. Readers will feel his compassion and consider his own physical and mental scars as we see him check the fire alarms in his apartment and look at a photo of his son, and yet, he doesn't ask us to feel sorry for him.

We follow the police investigation led by Det. Inspector Brogelund and his attractive and intelligent assistant, Sgt. Ella Sandland, who is dedicated to finding the killer and uninterested in her boss.

Juul is the true investigator and finding the reason why someone would kill Henriette consumes him.
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