Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pierced by Thomas Enger

From Amazon - 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.

I read Burned and just loved it - Enger's first novel.  You don't have to read it to read Pierced, but crime reporter Henning Juul is back.  He's still grieving for his son, who died in a house fire  and he wants to know who killed him.  Investigators deemed it accident, and Juul can't live with the guilt if that is really the case. So, when he gets a call from a man in prison who says he has information, if he helps find out who framed him, he doesn't even blink.  He just dives right into the investigation of Tore Pulli, who was convicted of a murder he says he didn't commit.

Enger has created a taut, striking novel that will leave fans satisfied, yet entreating for more.  Juul is wary of Pulli, yet desperate for any information about that day his son died.  He can't sleep - he sees his son and the horrible day in his dreams.  But the deeper Juul investigates, the more intricate the weave of suspense.  With an ingenious plot, a likable protagonist and clever writing, Pierced is a wonderful follow up to Burned, but can be read alone.  Those that enjoy reading brilliant suspense novels should pick up Pierced!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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