It is Friday the thirteenth, and with the Norwegian capital enveloped in freezing cold, seventy-nine-year-old Reidar Folke Jesperson passes what will be the last day of his life. In the early hours of the following morning he is found stabbed to death in his shop, his naked body exposed in the shop's window, a red string tied round his neck, and three crosses and a number - 195 - written across his chest. Police officers Gunnarstranda and Frolich - the team who were so deeply embroiled in the search for The Fourth Man - are called to the scene. Questions of love and betrayal, loyalty and guilt consume the investigation, just as they fill the private lives of the investigators. What will be uncovered is a country where victims, perpetrators and even police officers are haunted by the past, still trying to cope with the dark memories of the Nazi occupation of the country.
Kjell Ola Dahl was born in Norway in 1958. He lives on a farm in Askim outside Oslo with his three children. Prior to his writing career he worked as a cab driver, waiter, dock worker and day care assistant. He has also studied law and psychology. His first novel was Lethal Investments (1993). Today he is widely regarded as Norway's premier crime writer, his work known internationally and translated into 14 languages.