Lost Paradise

Baug, Birger: Paradis tapt

While on holiday on the island Vega in Northern Norway, police inspector Halvor Heming is told the story of an unsolved death. Four years earlier a body was found on a nearby uninhabited island, after lying exposed to the harsh weather for about three years. With not much else than the bare bones left, the police didn’t even manage to establish the identity of the victim.

Back in Oslo, Heming’s colleague Kristine is ends up in hospital, comatose after a brutal attack. Heming soon discovers that the attack is connected to a power struggle over the capital’s heroin trade. Somebody is seeking to take control, leaving in his wake a trail of suspicious deaths by overdose.

It turns out that the two cases are connected by the story of a father going to extraordinary lengths to save his son from heroin addiction. One of them is dead - but is it the father or the son?

Praise for Lost Paradise:

"Baug's speciality is his profound, empathetic and gripping description of cracking family ties pushing vulnerable young people into the world of drugs. (...) A true page turner."

"An excellent writer, Birger Baug intertwines past and present and keeps us in breathless suspense all the way. (…) Lost Paradise is more than a good read about drugs, betrayal and the confrontation between father and son. It offers a warm portrayal of the small island Vega, a sober description of the drug scene in Oslo, and a crime hero you just have to love."
(Helgeland Arbeiderblad)

"A brilliant second-book by Baug. (...) Well written"
(Magasinet Aktuelt)

First published: 2009, Aschehoug
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