Ordeal (William Wisting Series) - Jorn Lier Horst

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Jørn Lier Horst never fails to impress me, his William Wisting series draws you in with their intense and thrilling plots.  A former police detective in Norway, his experience shows with how well crafted and realistic the story's investigation plays out.  In Ordeal, the cold case of a taxi driver missing for over 6 months has Wisting stumped, that is until a close friend tells him about a strange customer at her cafe who makes several comments that could be clues to the case.  That starts Wisting on a journey encompassing illicit activities going back decades, the seemingly unconnected murder of a young woman, and daughter Line's impending motherhood.

One of the things I love about this book (and the series) is how clean it is. That isn't to say I don't enjoy a more complex story in other books, it's just that I really appreciate how sleek and uncomplicated this series is.  There's no excess filler in the plot; it's a straightforward police procedural with a minimum of extraneous details.  And yet the stories never seem to suffer because of it; the labyrinthine plots just suck you in from the beginning.  

I also love how Wisting and daughter Line work together but separately on cases; the unique symbiosis adds so much depth to the story and really highlights how close Wisting is to Line, and yet how distant their relationship is in a lot of ways.  

Overall, another stellar book in the incomparable Wisting series, and I definitely recommend this series to any mystery lover.