Realm of the Dead
“Another shapely crime novel from the never resting thriller author Tom Kristensen. His books are made for killing time on the bus … Only problem is you might forget to get off the bus in time.” Dagsavisen
A bomb attack against a Saudi Arabian prince in Jeddah fails. Four students from the Middle East are planning a suicide assassination in Oslo, but their explosive charge is fired off by accident at the students’ residence hall Kringsjå, before they manage to put their wicked plans into life.
When Tommy Tenvold leaves his safe and predictable job in the Directorate of Taxes and goes for a top job in a newly started international debt collection firm, he has no idea that he is about to become a victim of Islamic suicide bombers. A Saudi Arabian man is walking around in Oslo, thinking about revenge, a revenge so spectacular that it will create shock waves far beyond the borders of Norway.
Tom Kristensen has written a supreme thriller about terror … Kristensen this time also convinces with a shapely and nearly dramaturgically perfect plot … He manages the seemingly impossible combination of the inevitable and the surprising … the man is becoming a worthy successor of the hard-boiled, laconic style the way it was practiced by Hammet and Hemingway … Tom Kristensen now sets the standard for contemporary Scandinavian thrillers. It is hard to imagine who could battle him for the title.” Dagens Næringsliv
“The book is extremely thrilling, it deals with the subject of cultural clash in a reasonably nuanced manner and entwines the international with the naïve Norwegian in a way that we buy. If you like thrillers, you should indulge in this.” KK
“… Realm of the Dead is undoubtedly this most thrilling and throughout well written book … There is no other Norwegian writer who writes more marvellous and thrilling prose … He has an unmistakable drive in his writing, and he uses surprisingly few clichés in a genre which often gets lost in worn out images … Tom Kristensen is definitely in a class of his own.” Dagbladet
“There is every reason to takethe hat off for Tom Kristensen and his authorship. With his brand new Realm of the Dead he documents his international class. He knows the art, he masters the literary codes and finds – unbelievably – new material for new books again and again … Cleverly and intricately the author spins the stories together into an intense and believable novel with the main ingredients of a thriller in place … Realm of the Dead can measure strength against current international thrillers, no doubt.” Tønsberg Blad