Norwegian Police Security Service investigator Ellen Marie Moi was the target of an assassination attempt in Syria, where she was set to meet a jihadist with important information about Norwegian jihadists. Her colleague Camilla Egernes is kidnapped during the attack. Back in Oslo, Ellen Marie hires a former intelligence agent – the half-Syrian, half-Norwegian Alex Borge – to travel to Syria and rescue Camilla.
Alex is known for his remarkable ability to blend in and work undercover. The journey into Syria is also a search for his own father, whom he has never met. Alex manages to infiltrate the group that kidnapped Camilla, and he gains increasing respect for the group’s charismatic leader. At the same time, two Syrian terrorists are on their way to Oslo.
Is there a connection between Camilla’s kidnapping and the terrorist threat against Norway? In Oslo, Ellen Marie has to come to terms with the fact she can no longer trust Alex, and she must put a stop to the terrorist threat before it’s too late. In Syria, Alex has to decide which side he belongs to.
Rokseth succeeds excellently in balancing insight and pure excitement. That is well done. He delivers a well-turned intrigue, and shows great knowledge and finesse in the depictions of the local conditions in the wilder parts of the Middle East.
A thriller told in a way that stands out from the crowd…. Rokseth is one of the few thriller writers who writes about religion and religious expressions without cultivating the simplest clichés and without necessarily linking it to fanaticism.
Remember You Must Die does not lack excitement, external drama or people who must face almost incomprehensible moral dilemmas. Even so, it is the more journalistic elements in the book that makes the strongest impressions.
Intense and intelligent psychodrama with great political overtones, and not least: a realistic police. This thriller fortifies Olav W. Rokseth’s position as one of our most interesting and relevant thriller writers.
Aftenposten, on The Talented Hangman
… realistic, exciting, fierce and, not least, tender – could you want more of a thriller?
Moss Avis, About Brother
A brilliant Norwegian thriller … Rokseth transcends most of foreign literature in the same genre.
Dagen, About A matter of Protection