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Death Deserved

(Alexander Blix & Emma Ramm #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  68 reviews

Police officer Alexander Blix and celebrity blogger Emma Ramm join forces to track down a serial killer with a thirst for attention and high-profile murders, in the first episode of a gripping new Nordic Noir series…

Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography,Always Number One. When celebrity blogger

Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published December 6th 2019 by ORENDA BOOKS (first published July 2nd 2018)
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Crime by the Book
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars for this gripping Nordic series launch! What do you get when two of Norway's beloved crime writers team up? The answer, as it turns out, is this gripping procedural-meets-serial killer thriller. In Death Deserved, a serial killer is targeting celebrities in Norway, and the police find themselves in a race against the clock to track the killer down before he strikes again. Death Deserved is a fantastic launch of a new Norwegian crime series, and it's co-written by authors with ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I learned that Jørn Lier Horst was writing a new series, I have to get my hands on it. Collaborating with Thomas Enger (about whom I know nothing), I was hoping for something as exciting coming from this Norwegian duo. Alex Blix is a Violent Crimes detective working in Oslo, having risen through the ranks over the years. When he is called to the scene of a missing woman, it turns out that she is a well-known sports personality. Blix encounters an eager journalist, Emma Ramm, who wants a ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow for the tour.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy flying …. kjøttkaker!!!! (that’d be meatballs) I can’t even begin to think about what to say about Death Deserved. Except … I am making space on my shelves for what will undoubtedly become one of my favourite series.

You may remember my sadness when Thomas Enger’s previous series featuring Henning Juul came to an end. That series was my first introduction to Scandi-Noir and a new love affair was born. But now Thomas Enger has embarked on another adventure, alongside Jørn Lier Horst and as I
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some publishers are just complete go-to. Crime fiction and Nordic Noir are phrases that are somonis with Orenda Books. This blog tour invitation for Death Deserved was an automatic YES YES YES. Nordic Noir is a relatively new genre for me, but I am quickly falling head over heels. It has restarted my heart and gave me a passion for crime fiction once more. I couldn’t wait to get my grubby little hands on this exciting and riveting read.

I was expecting huge things from this superstar double act.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Police officer Alexander Blix and celebrity blogger Emma Ramm are teaming up to track down a serial killer who is targeting a seemingly unrelated group of famous people starting with former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrom. After Nordstrom misses the launch of her controversial autobiography, Emma Ramm is determined to find out what has happened to her. When Emma finds Nordstrom’s front door unlocked and signs of a struggle she has no choice, but to turn to the police for assistance.

Kelly Van Damme
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet baby Jesus, where do I even begin?!

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to exercise more, Horst and Enger have you covered, forget that treadmill or the elliptical bike, just read Death Deserved! I felt like I’d run 10k, my breathing was so fast, my heart was racing, I’m pretty sure my blood pressure was through the roof! I’m not even exaggerating a little bit!

Now don’t worry, not the entire book is as nerve-wracking and explosive as the final part, which is quite fortunate really ‘
A short Christmas review:

When two top writers get their heads together, what can you expect? Brilliant new Nordic Noir that's what. I am on a role with good creepy, complex books at the moment and this one is a great addition.

A police officer and a media blogger join forces in what is a very unique and modern way.I haven't read of this mix before in a crime novel - at least not in this way - and I loved the match of the serious and the not so serious aspects of our society. There are a lot of
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was hypnotic at its best from the cover to the prose to the end. Thomas Enger and John Lier Horst deserved every single word of praise!!

A celebrity murder + great publicity + more thrills + more kills = serial killer. Entered the cop Alexander Bix who was at the helm of the investigation along with his partner Sophie and blogger Emma Ramm who discovered the first body, and I got a book which was a thrilling police procedural.

Having not read any book by either of the authors, I was
Rachel Bridgeman
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: february-20
What do you get if you cross 2 Nordic Noir authors at the top of their game, and in a masterful translator and a juggernaut of independent publishing?

You get the stone cold treat,'Death Deserved', which is the series opener that Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst have created, and which has already sold tremendously in Norway. Now, with Anne Bruce's translation ,and Karen Sullivan ofOrenda Bookspromoting it, not only is there the chance for English readers to soak up this slice of Scandinavian
Alyson Read
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is described as the first episode of a gripping new Nordic Noir series and what a fantastic start! The story begins with a flashback to the very early days of policeman Alexander Blix's career when he was forced to make a very tough decision in order to save a life. A decision which has haunted him for years and which he has never been allowed to forget. Now a Chief Inspector, his former partner Gard Fosse is now his boss, he has split up from his wife and doesn't see much of his daughter. ...more
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a real treat for all Nordic noir fans around the world as the names of both Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst guarantee a high-quality serial-killer thriller, a roller-coaster ride filled with action, tension, and suspense. Death Deserved is the first installment of the Alexander Blix&Emma Ramm series and if one can judge from this first book, it will be a major success, both critically and commercial in the years to come. It should be stressed, for those unfamiliar with the work ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first crime thriller I have read this year and I tell you the rest will have a lot to live up to. Usually I can pretty much nail who the killer is before the ending and I really thought I had it on this one so I was completely thrown when it was revealed. It did tie into another element of the story that I didn’t think too much of and had only questioned its significance at one point so it actually brought it altogether nicely for me. I know I’m being incredibly vague and that might ...more
Well this is a book that lived up to my expectations and then some. I have been excited to read it ever since I first heard that Orenda had secured the rights, but I hadn't been expecting to be faced with a book that pulled me in so quickly and so efficiently that I was completely and utterly invested in both the characters and the story.

The books opens in dramatic style when we meet Detective Alexander Blix at the start of his career. He and his partner are called to a domestic dispute, one
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the tour organiser.

What has just happened?! I'll tell you what, I have just read what is possibly the best crime thriller of 2020 and it is the beginning of a series - Hallelujah!!!! I'll be sitting over here, constantly refreshing waiting for book two, but first, here is what I thought of DEATH DESERVED:

Celebrity athlete Sonja Nordstrøm has disappeared and it appears that she has been kidnapped. But she is not the only one. Someone has a
Debbie Littley
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the start of your new Nordic Noir obsession!

Two of Norways best loved crime writers come together to create something extremely special and bring us the unique due that is Blix and Ramm. With a crack hot double team and a hunt for a serial killer that has a flair for the dramatic, this book will have you racing through the pages as fast as the body count increases!

This is the first book of a new series featuring Blix and Ramm, who are now one of my favourite duo’s, and judging from this
Jacob Collins
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Death Deserved by Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst is one of the most gripping crime novels I’ve read. I was a huge fan of Thomas Enger’s Henning Juul series, so I was really interested to see what he had in store for us with this book. Enger and Horst deliver with a high tension and an action-packed read that will keep your eyes glued to the page.

The novel opens with a horrifying scene when Detective Alexander Blix is called to a domestic dispute which ends in catastrophe. There is a high
Lel Budge
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alexander Blix is an experienced police officer in Norway. He had been involved in a shooting 19 years before that still troubles him daily.

When Emma Ramm, a journalist reports a missing person, the investigation begins.

Sonja Nordstrøm, a celebrity athlete and author of an explosive autobiography has disappeared….

But, more bodies start to be found, each with clues that link the victims in some way…leading them to believe there is more to come.

Emma and Blix are also linked by an event in their
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
;I LOVED THIS! BRILLIANT. Had me turning the pages for fun. Gasping for breathe especially towards the end. Heart pounding. Brilliantly written. Short chapters. Gripping. Thrilling. Tense. Edge of your seat reading. You never know whats going to happen next or should I say who will be next? …
A cleverly written plot. I was beside Emma and Blix the whole way through. I loved both their characters and how they had a hidden past between them not in the romantic way either. Then being forced to work
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just have to mention how much I am enjoying the challenge I set myself this year. With so many fabulous authors to discover I really am spoilt for choice; in fact, this book wasn’t actually in my plan but after seeing all the good things said about it, I snuck it into my reading list anyway and am chuffed that for once I am not 3 years behind everyone else. With not having read any other books written by either author (yes, I know I should be shot) I had no idea what to expect from this ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really liked this book. But
since it's written by the glorious Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst, how could I not.

The book starts off with a bang and the storyline is quite fluid till the end. No dull moments.
Great plot. I really liked the characters most of all and hope to see them again. Sophie needs just a little more fleshing out but enjoyed her. Highly recommend this book. It's a winner. And I would like to note the translation was excellent.
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: February 6th 2020

"That brief second of absolute, total silence. It was impossible to describe, because it was so replete with emotions. Adrenaline. Questions. A dread that still held him in its grip."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Mary Picken
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you open a book and within a few paragraphs you know that this one was made for you. This is that book and I’m convinced, that series.

Regular readers will know that I am a fan of Jørn Lier Horst’s William Wisting series – where he uses painstaking, careful police work in his police procedural series to unravel the perpetrators of the crime. I’ve often said that Wisting is the policeman I’d want to investigate any crime against me. I’m also a huge Thomas Enger supporter; his prose is
Gordon Mcghie
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To borrow a line from Taffy in the Captain Caveman cartoons….Zowie! Death Deserved is more than a little bit good.

As soon I started reading Death Deserved it was the only book I wanted to be reading this week. I normally juggle three or four titles at once but Death Deserved was the book I kept coming back to – nothing else got a look-in. I make no secret of the fact I enjoy serial killer stories and that’s very much what I got from Death Deserved, even if that may not have been clear from the
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Police Detective Alexander Blix has certainly not achieved the dizzy heights in his career that he imagined when he was a fresh-raced rookie.

A hostage situation nineteen years ago, in which he was forced to kill to save a five year old girl from her father, has left its mark both personally and professionally, leaving him divorced, estranged from his daughter, and at odds with his boss, but he is a fine and dedicated police officer none-the-less and getting the job done is what keeps him going.

Suze Bickerton
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved Thomas Enger's Inborn and was excited to read this, the first in a new series, written with fellow author Jørn Lier Horst. And I'm happy to report that I wasn't disappointed!

I'm starting at the end. Right at the back of the book with the authors' acknowledgements. I always read the acknowledgements in a book because I'm a curious (ie. nosy) soul, but I know not everybody does. Well, if you fall into that group, I urge you to read these, because they had me giggling. Quite unlike any
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is my first venture into Nordic Noir. Living in Norway, I was already familiar with the names of the authors but I've not read anything by either of them...until now. It's why I chose to read Death Deserved and I'm so glad I did.

Divorced Oslo Police officer Alexander Blix has a grown-up daughter who is appearing on a reality television programme. Simultaneously, former athlete, Sonja Nordstrøm disappears. He's given the responsibility for the missing person investigation not knowing if it's
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this on a wet, blustery Sunday morning. The house was quiet after a busy few weeks, each of us content to disappear into our own worlds for a few hours. I started with a cup of tea in bed and was so drawn into the story, consumed by the pace and plot that before I knew it the hours had flown until eventually I heard 'Are you getting out of bed today mum?' Let's just say I emerged some time later only once the last page had been read.

I'm always confident that an Orenda Book is
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I had read the very good Inborn by Thomas Enger last year but hadn’t come across Jorn Lier Horst. Research revealed he is the creator of William Wisting, the Norwegian detective who graced our screens in the New Year. Reading Death Deserved I could see similarities between Emma Ramm and Line, Wisting’s journalist daughter. Both women are determined, independent and capable. I really liked Emma and thought her pairing up with Blix worked really well.

Sometimes when a book is written by two people
Susan Hampson
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-reads
When police officer Alexander Blix calls a man’s bluff in a hostage situation he has a gut feeling that everything is going to go terribly wrong. Nineteen years later that day has never left him and still impacts on his career and life.
When former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm is a no show for the launch of her autobiography, Always Number One, celebrity blogger Emma Ramm calls on her at home. What she finds is pretty evident that something very sinister has happened. This is just the
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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.

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