The Beier-trilogy is dominating the Norwegian bestseller list.
After the release of the third and final installment in the Beier-trilogy, The Cross I Bear (Korset), all three novels are on the bestseller lists.
This week Those Who Follow (Wienerbrorskapet) and As We Fall (Kalypso) climbed to an impressive NO. 2 and NO 3. on the paperback list, while The Cross I Bear is currently NO. 1 on the e-book list, NO. 11 on the hardcover list.
In Germany, where the second installment in the Beier-trilogy As We Fall (Der Bote) was released earlier this spring, it copied the success of it’s predecessor Those Who Follow (Der Hirte) and stayed several weeks on Der Spiegels list of bestsellers. Der Bote is already out in a second edition.
Kalypso, the second novel in the Beier-saga, will be released in Denmark February 8th.
Kalypso’s predecessor, Wienerbroderskabet, first met it’s Danish audience in 2016, and got excellent reviews. Wienerbroderskabet is now being re-released, with a new, elegant cover, matching the second novel in the saga.
Ingar will be visiting Northern Europe’s largest crime festival, Krimimessen in Horsens, in March. So that’s the place to be if you want to learn more about detective Fredrik Beier, his partner Kafa Iqbal and the grim realities they will have to face, investigating the mysterious fate of Kalypso.
As We Fall was released in Polish this February, titled Straceńcy.
Poland is the first country outside Norway to present the second part of the Fredrik Beier-saga to its crime reading audience. And the reception is overwhelming. Here are the words from ten leading literature bloggers:
The e-book version of Those Who Follow (Wienerbrorskapet) is the bestselling backlist novel of 2016.
Those Who Follow, the first installment in the Fredrik Beier series that was released in Norway in 2015, is the bestselling backlist e-book novel of 2016 in Norway, reports book-magazine Bok & Samfunn.
The second thriller in the series, As we Fall (Norwegian title: Kalypso), is also doing very well among the releases of 2016, currently number 7 on the top ten list.
Six weeks ago the second part of the Fredrik Beier-saga was released in Norway. Now the reviews are coming in. And they are better than I dared dream.
When I had read 100 pages of this novel, I thought that the author had taken on more than he could chew. After 300 pages I was sure; the author must have to use some easy tricks to get this through. But after 470 pages, the only thing I could do was to conclude that Johnsrud was in control, all the way through, writes the regional newspaper Fædrelandsvennen, and awards Kalypso (English title As We Fall) six out of six stars.
Out of the nine national and regional Norwegian newspapers that have reviewed Kalypso, three have awarded Beier#2 six out of six stars, four have awarded it five out of six, and one (Dagbladet), four out of six. The largest daily, Aftenposten, does not give out stars, but states:
Last year’s debut Wienerbrorskapet (Those Who Follow) demonstrated that Ingar Johnsrud is master of the vast majority of tricks when it comes to muscular action prose. /…/ The depiction of the past’s shadow falling over a snow-covered pre-Christmas Oslo, from its Russian embassy to a bomb shelter in Old Town, undeniably does something to the reader’s heart rate. Johnsrud writes succinctly, in detail, and above all well within the premises of the genre.
And here’s a few more:
Ingar Johnsrud continues to deliver crime fiction at absolute international top level. /…/ Johnsrud showcases a literary talent of the highest order – he’s smart, precise and varied in his language.
It isn’t often that an author succeeds in maintaining the level of suspense throughout an entire book, but Ingar Johnsrud does. As We Fall possesses an intense tension and momentum from the first till last page. /…/ Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst ought to look out for Johnsrud, who is emerging as the great star of Norwegian thriller and crime fiction literature.
Johnsrud plays with genres and stereotypes and succeeds in adding something new and fresh. The book is well written, the peaks in the action many and excellent, the switch between the different eras perfect, and all of it is put together with greater precision even than in the debut.
The prose, which impressed also in the debut novel, is still excellent. Johnsrud writes effectively and grippingly. /…/ The plot is tied together nicely, with a set of plot threads that are gathered beautifully.
There is blood, gore and body fluids, internal rivalry in the police force, classic tension between protagonist and assistant, and an intrigue much like a puzzle, just as there should be in suspense novels. And all of it is steered by the supremely clever hand of this crime fiction writer.
[In Ingar Johnsrud] we have found a promising new crime fiction author. /…/ There is much to be impressed with in [As We Fall].