Burned by Thomas Enger
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Uncovering class divisions, racial conflicts, and tangled emotions, this gritty, shocking

novel of suspense heralds the arrival of a major new talent.

 

Henning Juul is a veteran investigative crime reporter in Oslo, Norway. A horrific fire killed his six-year-old son, cut scars across his face, and ended his marriage, and on his first day back at the job after the terrible tragedy a body is discovered in one of the city’s public parks. A beautiful female college student has been stoned to death and buried up to her neck, her body left bloody and exposed. The brutality of the crime shakes the whole country, but despite his own recent trauma – and the fact that his ex-wife’s new boyfriend is also on the case - Henning is given the assignment.  When the victim’s boyfriend, a Pakistani native, is arrested, Henning feels certain the man is innocent. This was not simply a Middle Eastern-style honor killing in the face of adultery – it was a far more complicated gesture, and one that will drag Henning into a darkness he’s never dreamed of.

 
 

About Thomas Enger

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Thomas Enger is a former journalist and a music composer. He lives in Oslo, Norway.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Atria Books. 372 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Henning’s despised former schoolmate, DI Bjarne Brogeland of the Oslo police, assumes it’s an honor killing and goes after Henriette’s lover, cabdriver Mahmoud Marhoni, who obligingly answers his knock on the door by setting fire to his computer and leaping out his apartment window.

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The latest in the endless series of claimants to Stieg Larsson's throne brings a suitably damaged investigative journalist a new case.

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Publishers Weekly

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In Enger’s plodding crime thriller debut, investigative reporter Henning Juul returns to work two years after an unexplained fire killed his six-year-old son and left him with facial scars and an obsession with smoke detectors.

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Interestingly enough, Burned begins with a flashback to the fire that scarred Henning for life — that caused him to lose his son — which caused his wife to divorce him.

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BC Books

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His very first case involves him in a gruesome murder mystery where police find a young woman dead in what appears to be an honor killing.

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Not Reviewed: Lack of a review here may mean that the narrative and/or characters of this book did not capture the reviewer's imagination or interest within the first few chapters (or by page 31).

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Henning Juul is quietly dogmatic and stubborn, un-dramatic and beavering away as much by instinct as on clues, while everyone else blithely ignores or overlooks them.

Jul 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Burned: A Novel

The American Book Center Blog

in particular, an annoying tendency to end chapters with foreshadowing sentences like: “But he is about to find out.” Is Thomas Enger the next big name to hit bookshelves, or just a one-trick writer of summer beach books?

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In his debut novel, "Burned," Thomas Enger introduces physically scarred and emotionally damaged Juul Henning, an investigative crime reporter for internet newspaper 123News.

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