On Midsummer Eve in 1985, a young folklore researcher disappears from Eidsborg in Telemark. Exactly thirty years later, a student goes missing who had also been researching pagan rituals at the 13th century village church. Then former police officer Knut Abrahamsen is found drowned in a nearby river, presumed suicide.
Private investigator Max Fjellanger leaves his Florida home and returns to his native Norway for Knut’s funeral. But Max is not convinced that Knut killed himself, and there seems to be a link to the case of the missing researcher, which the two of them had worked together until a corrupt sheriff put an end to the investigation.
This time Max is determined to discover the truth, and finds himself drawn into a dark universe in which ancient superstitions, religious cults, and sinister forces are still very much alive. And the stave church, with its wooden statue of Saint Nikuls, is at the centre of it all.
Vidar Sundstøl is best known for the Minnesota Trilogy, the first volume of which earned him the prestigious Riverton Prize for Best Norwegian Crime Novel. Slingshot Global Media are said to be developing a drama for US television with producer Tomas Backström based on the acclaimed series of books.