The Talented Hangman

About a man’s intense will to restore his self-respect.

Leon Gabrielsen is sentenced for the murder of a kiosk owner, but manages to escape from Oslo prison and get to Iran, where his father lives. He starts a new life, working part time as a taxi driver, and part time as an executioner. One floodlit evening one of those condemned to death whispers something in his ear.
The story makes him return to Norway under false identity to get an agent of Iranian intelligence out of jail.
In the meantime, the Norwegian Police Security Service offiser Ellen Marie Moi is investigating the murder of an ex-Iranian. Does the murder have anything to do with the secret peace negotiations between Iran and USA? And does Leon’s assignment have anything to do with that same meeting?

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."