The Courier

The Courier

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The international bestselling godfather of Nordic Noir takes on one of the most horrific periods of modern history, in a stunning standalone thriller

`A masterclass in plotting, atmosphere and character that finely balances shocking twists' The Times

`Utterly convincing' Publishers Weekly

In 1942, Jewish courier Ester is betrayed, narrowly avoiding arrest by the Gestapo. In a great haste, she escapes to Sweden, saving herself. Her family in Oslo, however, is deported to Auschwitz. In Stockholm, Ester meets the resistance hero, Gerhard Falkum, who has left his little daughter and fled both the Germans and allegations that he murdered his wife, Ase, who helped Ester get to Sweden. Their burgeoning relationship ends abruptly when Falkum dies in a fire.
And yet, twenty-five years later, Falkum shows up in Oslo. He wants to reconnect with his daughter. But where has he been, and what is the real reason for his return? Ester stumbles across information that forces her to look closely at her past, and to revisit her war-time training to stay alive...

Written with Dahl's trademark characterization and elegant plotting, The Courier sees the hugely respected godfather of Nordic Noir at his best, as he takes on one of the most horrific periods of modern history, in an exceptional, shocking thriller
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 270g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 1912374439
  • 9781912374434
  • 6,280

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"More than gripping." --European Literature Network "Kjell Ola Dahl's novels are superb. If you haven't read one, you need to--right now." --William Ryan, author, Holy Thief "If you have never sampled Dahl, now is the time to try." --Daily Mail "The perfect example of why Nordic Noir has become such a popular genre." --Reader's Digest "A chilling novel about betrayal." --Sunday Times "A masterclass in plotting, atmosphere and character that finely balances shocking twists." --Times "Superb . . . The translator's stripped-down, muscular prose is a plus." --Publishers Weekly starred review of Faithless "Excellent . . . Fans of Scandinavian noir will be eager for Dahl's next book." --Publishers Weekly starred review of The Ice Swimmer
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About Kjell Ola Dahl

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjovik. 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 Frolich. 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 fourteen countries, and he lives in Oslo.
Follow Kjell Ola on Twitter @ko_dahl
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Rating details

185 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 11% (21)
4 44% (81)
3 37% (68)
2 6% (11)
1 2% (4)
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