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The Fourth Man

by K. O. Dahl

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The Fourth Man by K. O. Dahl
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2008
    288 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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In the course of a routine police raid, Detective Inspector Frank Frølich of the Oslo Police saves the life of Elizabeth Faremo, a dark-haired beauty with mysterious eyes who was inadvertently caught in the crossfire. Some weeks later, Frølich coincidentally runs into her again---but their ensuing affair is no accident.

By the time he learns that she is no stranger---but rather the sister of a wanted member of a larceny gang---it is already too late.

In the middle of the night, Frølich receives a call that a young guard has been killed in the course of an attempted break-in. Scrambling to respond, he realizes that Elizabeth is no longer in his bed. And all at once, Frølich’s life has changed. In a turn of events cryptic, erotic, and complex, he finds himself a prime murder suspect and under the watch of his doubting colleagues.

Led through the dark underworld of Oslo and his own soul, Frølich---suspended from the force, blindly in love, and on the hunt for some hint of truth in a vortex of darkness and lies---must find out if he is being used . . . before his life unravels beyond repair.

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"The entertaining if overstuffed plot is undermined at times by Frank's strange lack of reaction to Elisabeth's death and an unprofessional approach to forensic evidence relevant to the twist ending. Still...an exciting read." - Publishers Weekly.

"The mystery is there, and the plot's twists and turns demonstrate why Dahl has won the coveted Martin Beck Award and several other crime fiction awards." - Library Journal.

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Apparently Kjell Ola Dahl has attained cult status in his home country of Norway for his psychological thrillers ever since his first novel, Deadly Investments, was published in 1993, but this is the first of his books to be published in the USA. The Fourth Man was published in the UK in 2007 where The Man in the Window will be published in 2008.

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