The Verdict

Jørgen Jæger is one of Norway’s best-selling crime authors and has surpassed one million sold books in Norway. He has been nominated for the Norwegian Bookseller Prize a whopping five times.

On a Saturday in May, six-year-old Alexander disappears in the mountains near Fjellberghavn while on a trip with his family. A large-scale search operation is launched, with no result. A pedophile assailant was seen in the same hiking area just before the boy disappeared. Fjellbergposten’s new and unscrupulous editor posts information that reveals who the suspected perpetrator could be. Ole Vik and Cecilie Hopen fight in vain against the acute lynching atmosphere.
Then, teacher Lisen Berg also disappears. Two disappearances in the small town of Fjellberghavn is unusual. And this is only the beginning… Over four action-packed days, the clock ticks rapidly when a verdict falls in the Court of Appeals and turns everything upside down. Ole Vik is approached by an unknown Italian who makes a monstrous claim. For Ole, too, time is running out…

Jørgen Jæger is an ambitious composer who combines the thriller with the socially realistic crime novel and creates a universe where everything can happen and where people are pushed far beyond their tolerance.

VG, on Almighty

Monster may turn out to be the bestseller that launches Jæger into Nesbøs’ league.

Stavanger Aftenblad, on Monster