Minotaur: St. Martin's. Jul. 2018. 400p. tr. from Norwegian by Paul Norlen. ISBN 9781250124067. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250124074. M
When world-weary journalist Viljar Gudmundsson receives an anonymous email that threatens to kill a woman who has gotten away with embezzlement, he dismisses it as a joke. Then a woman turns up dead the next morning and another email arrives. Gudmundsson is soon working with CI Lotte Skeisvoll to try to identify potential victims and stop the killer, but Gudmundsson's past, Skeisvoll's drug-addicted sister, and the federal investigator sent to help only complicate the case. Gudmundsson suspects that a story he wrote four years earlier that exposed a top government official's predilection for underage boys may be related to the murders. The story helped convict the official but also inadvertently unveiled the identity of the informant, ruining several lives in the process. That situation left the reporter with alcohol and anxiety problems, and now he wonders if he'll be the final victim as the killer gets closer.
VERDICT Already an international best seller, this initially self-published debut by a Norwegian crime book blogger is true to the genre. A dark and slightly creepy thriller that fans of Henning Mankell and Arnaldur Indridason will appreciate. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/18; library marketing.]

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