Pierced by Thomas Enger
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From the internationally bestselling author of Burned (“Possibly the best $15 you’ll spend on a mystery this year.” —Bookpage) comes a taut and riveting tale of secrets, betrayals, and a dangerous quest for the truth.

If you find out who set me up, I’ll tell you what happened the day your son died. That is the message crime reporter Henning Juul—back at work after being terribly burned and scarred for life in a fire that killed his son—receives from a jailed extortionist named Tore Pulli who’s been convicted for a murder he claims he didn’t commit.

Truth has never meant more for Henning Juul. And when Pulli is found dead in his prison cell—an apparent suicide—Juul decides to dig deeper. He knows the murders Pulli was convicted of do not bear his signature, and he’s convinced that Pulli would never have taken his own life. Striking up a fragile partnership with Iver Gundersen, a journalist now living with Juul’s ex-wife, Juul uncovers an internal power struggle in the gang world, where the desire for serious money is destroying the traditional, honor-based hierarchy. Uncovering more questions than answers, Henning soon realizes that he has to find not one but several killers . . . ruthless murderers who have never been more dangerous than they are now.
 

About Thomas Enger

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Thomas Enger is a former journalist and a music composer. He lives in Oslo, Norway.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Atria Books. 450 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Norway’s 123news reporter Henning Juul’s continued search for the man he’s convinced set the fire that killed his son, Jonas, two years ago entangles him in a web of more recent crimes.

Sep 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Pierced: A Novel

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Henning Juul continues to bear the scars, both facial and emotional, from the death of his six-year-old son in an unexplained fire two years earlier in Enger's lethargic second novel featuring the Oslo investigative reporter (after 2011's Burned).

Aug 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Pierced: A Novel

Reviewing the Evidence

PIERCED is the second book in a series about Norwegian journalist Henning Juul, a man who is scarred both literally and figuratively by a fire that killed his young son and ended his marriage.

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Shots

But Pulli has a powerfully clinching argument: he claims to know who was in Juul’s apartment building on the night of the fire that killed his son, and will tell Juul everything he knows… if he will help him.

Jul 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Pierced: A Novel

Good E-Reader

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Good E-Reader

The author has to strike a balance between giving enough information to new readers that they can feel drawn into the story, without repeating so much back story that faithful fans feel talked down to.

Oct 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Pierced: A Novel

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