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The Courier
The Courier

The Courier

By Kjell Ola Dahl, Translated by Don Bartlett


276 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9781912374434

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (Oct 2019)


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A godfather of Nordic Noir takes on one of the most horrific periods of modern history, in an exceptional, shocking thriller

In 1942, Jewish courier Ester is betrayed, narrowly avoiding arrest by the Gestapo. In a great haste, she escapes to Sweden, saving herself. Her family in Oslo, however, is deported to Auschwitz. In Stockholm, Ester meets the resistance hero, Gerhard Falkum, who has left his little daughter and fled both the Germans and allegations that he murdered his wife, Åse, who helped Ester get to Sweden. Their burgeoning relationship ends abruptly when Falkum dies in a fire. And yet, 25 years later, Falkum shows up in Oslo. He wants to reconnect with his daughter. But where has he been, and what is the real reason for his return? Ester stumbles across information that forces her to revisit her war-time training to stay alive. 


"Excellent . . . Fans of Scandinavian noir will be eager for Dahl's next book." —Publishers Weekly starred review of The Ice Swimmer

"Superb . . . The translator's stripped-down, muscular prose is a plus." —Publishers Weekly starred review of Faithless

'The Courier is a stylish stand-alone thriller from the godfather of Scandi noir … Ola Dahl ratchets up the tension from the first pages and never lets go." —Times

"A chilling novel about betrayal." —Sunday Times

"The perfect example of why Nordic Noir has become such a popular genre." —Reader's Digest

"More than gripping." —European Literature Network

"If you have never sampled Dahl, now is the time to try." —Daily Mail

"Kjell Ola Dahl's novels are superb. If you haven't read one, you need to—right now." —William Ryan, author, Holy Thief

Author Biography

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl made his debut in 1993, and has since published 11 novels, including the Oslo Detectives series. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries.