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Dregs (William Wisting #6)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  1,048 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Meet Chief Inspector William Wisting, Head of CID in Larvik, Norway, the latest unforgettable import from Scandinavian crime fiction. An experienced policeman who is familiar with the dark side of human nature, he lives in challenging times for the Norwegian police force, meeting them with integrity and humanity, and a fragile belief that he can play a part in creating a b ...more
ebook, 414 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Sandstone Press (first published 2010)
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Nancy Oakes
It really is a shame to have missed the first five novels in this series, because Dregs is exactly what I look for when I'm reading a novel of crime fiction. It has a good plot, enough suspects to keep the reader guessing, very little in the way of extraneous subplot, romance or main-character existentialist angst/crisis so that the reader stays focused on the crime and its solution. It is a brilliant police procedural which is all about getting to the root of the mystery at the heart of the sto ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In an attempt to expand my literary horizons, I took it upon myself to introduce myself to Jorn Lier Horst, acclaimed Scandinavian mystery writer. Chief Inspector William Wisting has a great deal of experience with police work in Norway, as well as its dark underbelly. After a shoe washes ashore with a left foot still inside, Wisting cannot tell if this is foul play or some horrible accident. When a second shoe turns up, also containing a left foot, Wisting must begin to wonder if there is a dis ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great police procedural. Set in Norway this is as solid read, a great crime story with a intriguing plot.I think I have found another great character in William Wisting, looking forward to more if the first five books are ever translated.
Diane S ☔
Dec 31, 2011 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually hate reading a series out of order but since, even though, this is the 6th it is the first translated into English. Characters were not as flawed as the characters in many nordic crime fiction, but the storyline was interesting. A bit of historical data and really enjoyed the alternate but complimenting storyline by Wisting's daughter, who is a journalist. Looking forward and hoping that the rest of the series is translated and released in the US.
Rachel Hirstwood
I would heartily recommend this to fans of scandinavian crime fiction. This is the first of Horst's books to be translated into English, and it introduces us to William Wisting - Norwegian detective, widower and father. Wisting is a very likeable character and his daughter is for once, not flawed as in other Scan Crime fiction - especially Jar City by Indriadsson! Line Wisting is also a likeable character who you get the feeling will go far in her chosen professional field of journalism.

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Rebecca Martin
This is Jorn Lier Horst's first book to be translated into English.I will certainly read more in the series (6 books so far) when they are available. The only complaint I would make is that, as the case is resolved, the explanation that is given simply comes from our being told what happened. Someone explains to us, as if we are being lectured. This is a non-dramatic, cop-out way of bringing detective fiction to a close and is, unfortunately, very common in detective fiction. I see this as a qua ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Jimena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of all Scandinavian mystery crime novels available in English. My favorite authors are Jussi Adler-Olsen, Camilla Lackberg, Asa Larsson, among others. I was so excited and looking forward to have found a new series, saw great reviews about this series and was not very impressed. It was a bit slow, not much to keep me going, very slow and the main character always drained of energy, it kinda transfer his lack of energy to the reader. A real downer without much excitement and in the cli ...more
Mary Grace Walsh
Sep 08, 2012 Mary Grace Walsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the plot and people in the first I've read by this author. It's the first of the series to be tranlated and the dopey publishers chose to translate the 6th book first. My favorite Scandinavian cops are Harry Hole, Erlendur and Wallander and William Wisting is certainly welcome at the table. I don't mean to leave out Larsson's trio, which is how most of us mystery folk were led to this treasure trove; however his death ended that source.
I might add that I'll never forgive Mankell for wha
Jul 01, 2012 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading crime stories that are not originally written in English. Of course "those" Swedish ones but also Danish, Icelandic, Japanese, French, Mexican, and now this very good Norwegian book. Great story, complex but not complicated, a fast read but meaty enough, and the explanation of the "severed legs" that kick off the murder investigations is novel and plausible. I believe that this is the only English translation of his work.

Read on my Kindle (of course!) but sourced from the Ontario
Aug 16, 2015 Hpnyknits rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Scandinavian police procedural. This time in Norway. At first the so called formula has threatened to make this a bore, but despite it (the blood shot eyes, the overworked mid-age cop, the conflict with the press, top brass politics, the sexy girlfriend, the adult professional daughter etc) the story was engaging and kept me up.
I had a tough time keeping up with so many characters with the unfamiliar Norwegian names, but got the relationships right.
Jozef Kuric
May 22, 2016 Jozef Kuric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horst sa rozhodol servírovať napätie po kúskoch. A to doslovne. Nechýba opäť precízna psychológia postáv a druhý rozmer knihy, ktorým sú úvahy o vine a treste. K pozitívnemu čitateľskému zážitku prispieva opäť aj pridaná hodnota v podobe historickej a povedzme spoločensko-etickej vrstvy. Dejepisnú rovinu tvorí kontext o nórskej zaangažovanosti sa do druhej svetovej vojny a tiež do povojnového obdobia tzv. studenej vojny.

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Michele Abrams Lehn
An enjoyable read set in Norway for a change. Good character development, and an exciting finish. But overall, it was a bit slow moving and not particularly thrilling. I would, however, read this author again.
Dylan Edwards
Jun 18, 2012 Dylan Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this crime procedural novel ...really likeable characters and a great plot too...hurry up and translate the earlier ones ..ahh Please
Carolyn Mck
Another Nordic crime writer I hadn't read. A grisly discovery of a decomposing foot (in a shoe), washed up on a Norwegian shore takes a work-worn Wisting through an unfolding chain of murderous events. This was a well-plotted story that sustained its suspense and had an interesting sub-theme where Wisting's daughter (a journalist) is writing a feature on the effects of prison life on murderers. While an absorbing read at the time, this didn't offer anything remarkable so I don't think I'm hooked ...more
Dec 03, 2016 Blanka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Why do publishers issue translations of series out of order? This is the sixth William Wisting novel but the first published in English, so you cannot escape that feeling you get dipping into a long-running television series for the first time, that sense you ought to know more than you do about what's going on, about the characters and their histories, how they fit together. There are references to past cases that are, presumably, featured in previous books in the series. Nonetheless, I did enj ...more
Harry Allagree
This was a quite readable, interesting novel. The plot had lots of twists & turns. Besides the main character, Wisting, the other characters seemed rather colorless & ill-defined. For the number of murders involved in this story, the sort of summary conclusion was disappointing, to say the least. The last 2 or 3 chapters, it seemed to me, were quite rushed & abrupt. A number of threads were left hanging. There wasn't much intimated about the future of any of the main characters.
Manuel Antão
Mar 28, 2015 Manuel Antão rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I finally got round to reading Jorn Lier Horst in English. Unfortunately, this is the first translation from Norwegian into English and it started off with the 6th volume, not with the first. Shame on you publishers!! Now I'll have to buy the first volumes in German, to see what the fuss is all about. I should have waited, but I wasn't sure whether I should buy the first 5 volumes in German.

There's lots of so-and-so (and let's say it outright, bad...) fiction coming out of Scandinavia nowadays,
May 24, 2014 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done and (apparently) well translated Norwegian crime novel. A severed left foot, still clad in a running shoe, is washed up on the shore; the person it was part of has to be identified before the investigation begins into whether the person was the victim of a murder and then who committed the crime. Hopes that it is an isolated accident, possibly someone who fell off a boat and macerated by a ship's propeller are dashed when another and then another foot surfaces.

A police procedural with
Feb 19, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story opens with the discovery on a beach of a foot still encased in a trainer. This is the second such discovery in the space of a few days. Both are left feet, of differing size, but in the same make and design of trainer, so what had possibly just been an accident at sea, is now firmly perceived by Chief Inspector William Wisting as a murder case that is probably linked to the unexplained disappearance of three senior citizens several months previously. Whilst the case unfolds, Wisting's ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A thorough investigation of washed-up body parts and their probable source has Detective William Wisting and his team mystified. Parallel to this is the investigative reporting story being researched and written by his daughter, Line. The focus of her story is men who have served time in prison for murder—how incarceration has affected them. She believes their experience has been a detriment to them, and, among other issues, has not really punished them, but has hardened them in their criminalit ...more
Ann Davis
Jun 16, 2012 Ann Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fab book. First book of his to be translated into English and I'm hooked on Chief Inspector William Wisting. Wisting is frustrated that crime is beginning to pay and is feeing under the weather when a left foot is washed up on the beach. After 3 more left feet are washed ashore he realises that this is now a murder enquiry. Wisting's daughter - Line is writing a magazine article on whether prison is effective in rehabilitating prisoners and is interviewing murderers who have served their sentenc ...more
May 22, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this very much - police procedural set near Larvik in Norway, lovely glimpses of fjord setting. A number of left feet turn up inside shoes, washed ashore. It becomes apparent that they are from a group of people who all disappeared at around the same time, and slowly connections are made between them. Line, the daughter of the detective on the case, is at the same time working on a feature concerning recently released prisoners in the area. Everything gradually comes together and although ...more
Mystereity Reviews
Really good read. I've tried a few other Scandinavian mysteries and this is the first that kept my interest. The plot was not intricate but unwound slowly throughout the book. (One of my pet peeves is when the sleuth suddenly has an epiphany and solves the mystery in on paragraph. I liked that this was solved in little pieces though the book.) The location was vivid (at least for me, having lived in Norway) and added a lot of dimension to the story. The characters were realistic and interesting. ...more
Rob Kitchin
Jan 31, 2016 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dregs is a straightforward police procedural that is very much in the Scandinavian style – a relatively dour detective, an understated narrative with close attention to detail, and realist in its depiction of police work and society. The plot works at the level of carefully revealing the solving of a puzzle rather than being driven by action and tension. Dregs starts at a relatively sedate pace, slowing moving pieces into place, and it’s only as the telling progresses that the extent of the puzz ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c2c, c2c15
This is the second one of Horst's novels I have read, and I felt that all of the elements didn't come together as smoothly as they did in The Hunting Dogs. I did like Horst's discussion of the role of prison in society, which was carried out by the daughter throughout the course of the novel. Her
interviews with people who had been in prison for long periods of time for murder were both interesting in themselves and as a concept. I felt at those points that Horst's background in policework made t
Maybe I've read far too many Nordic Noir books, but this didn't leave much of an impression on me. It's the first to be published in English, but the sixth to be published in Norwegian, which is a little frustrating because when reading it, events are alluded to but we are not told about, like a terrorist plot, which sounds like a much more exciting plot than the one in this book. Horst is an ex-policeman, and while the behaviour and the procedures of the police team in this book may be correct, ...more
Monchari S
May 02, 2013 Monchari S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DREGS is about Chief Inspector William Wisting, a veteran inspector of Norway at age about 50 deal with a mysterious killer who left 4 left feet from 4 victims for him to solve.

This is my first time for Norway’s suspense novel (and this is the author’s first book to be translated to English) I found it’s easy to follow even the story is written very neat in details (which I normally get irritated easily) Chapters were cut shortly so I could be able to manage time in reading quite well.

Story and
Apr 16, 2015 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting Nordic series that I had not read before. When human feet appear on the beaches of Norway, Inspector Wisting starts investigating. As usual, nothing is what it seems and the root of the issue may be linked to a decades-old bank robbery. I liked the story, even if the guilty party didn't surprise me. There were just two things that I didn't like. First of... a main character doing something SO STUPID that any 15 year-old would know was not a good idea. Let alone a seasoned police o ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frustratingly this is the 6th book in the series but the first to be translated into English. Inspector William Wisting has 4 different left feet washed up on shore and has to work out who they belong to and why these people have been killed. Meanwhile, his daughter Line is researching a paper about the effect that jail has on murderers. There is clearly some back story between Wisting and Line that has happened in the first 5 books. I felt this story started really well, then struggled a little ...more
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Jorn Lier Horst (born in Bamble, Telemark 1970) is a former Senior Investigating Officer at the Norwegian police force. He made his literary debut as a crime writer in 2004 and is considered one of the foremost Nordic crime writers.

His series of mystery novels starring chief inspector William Wisting provides a detailed and authentic insight into how criminal cases are investigated and how it affe
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