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Jørn Lier Horst

  • Original Title: HULEMANNEN
  • Publication date: January 2013
  • Publisher: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag
  • Country: NO
  • 352 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel/Suspense/Investigation


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Norway


Loner Viggo Hansen is found decomposing in his house, four months after his death, the TV on as if he was still watching it. How could he go unnoticed for so long in such a small community?


Winner of the Petrona Award, CrimeFest 2016.
Shortlisted for the 2016 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.

Judges comments:
"Horst's THE CAVEMAN begins with the discovery of a four-month-old corpse just down the road from William Wisting's home. Troubled by his neighbour's lonely death in an apparently uncaring society, the Chief Inspector embarks on one of the most disturbing cases of his career. Beautifully written, this crime novel is a gripping read that draws on the author's own experiences to provide genuine insights into police procedure and investigation."

Jørn Lier Horst is the author of the highly successful WILLIAM WISTING series of crime novels. Previous books in the series have won the Riverton Prize, the Glass Key, and the Martin Beck Award.


Only three houses away from the policeman's home, a man has been sitting dead in front of his television set for four months. There are no indications that anything criminal has taken place. Viggo Hansen was a man nobody ever noticed, even though he lived in the midst of a close-knit community. His death doesn't hit the headlines, but there is something about the case that catches the attention of William Wisting's journalist daughter, Line, and she decides to write a newspaper article with a different twist for the festive season: the portrait of a completely anonymous and obscure person whose death goes unremarked and unmourned.

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  • Author’s biography

    Jørn Lier Horst (born 1970) is a Norwegian writer who first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling WILLIAM WISTING series. He is a former investigator in the Norwegian police. To date, he has authored two crime fiction series for adults and two crime fiction series for younger readers, both of which are the most popular children’s book series in their respective age categories.