Jørn Lier Horst, geboren 1970, arbeitete lange in leitender Stellung bei der norwegischen Kriminalpolizei, bevor er Schriftsteller wurde. 2004 erschien sein Debüt; seither ist er in die vorderste Reihe der norwegischen Krimiautoren aufgerückt. Für seine Werke erhielt er bereits zahlreiche Preise.
Only three houses away from the policeman's home, a man has been sitting dead in front of his television set for four months. There are no indications that anything criminal has taken place.
Viggo Hansen was a man nobody ever noticed, even though he lived in the midst of a close-knit community. His death doesn't hit the headlines, but there is something about the case that catches the attention of William Wisting's journalist daughter, Line, and she decides to write a newspaper article with a different twist for the festive season: the portrait of a completely anonymous and obscure person whose death goes unremarked and unmourned.
While Line embarks on her investigations, the police are notified about another death. A male corpse has been found in a forest clearing, and it appears that he has lain there for quite some time. An extremely unexpected discovery on the dead body triggers one of the most extensive manhunts in Norwegian police history. The only thing that can hinder the police in their work, is the media finding out what's brewing.
A man is discovered sitting dead in front of his television - his body had been there for months, there is no evidence of criminal activity. But then the police are notified about a corpse found in a forest clearing, and it appears that the body had lain there for quite some time. Queue one of the most extensive manhunts in Norwegian police history, must act fast before the killer strikes again.