Scandinavian Crime Fiction: Review of The Last Fix By K. O. Dahl
Fans of Scandinavian Crime Fiction, without a doubt, are familiar with the work of K. O. Dahl and Detective Frølich series (We recently reviewed The Fourth Man from the same author here). The Last Fix, an intricate psychological thriller from this master of Norwegian crimewriting— the latest in the Oslo Detective’s series is also an intriguing and captivating read.
In this new novel, a recovering drug addict, Katrine Bratterud, is almost finished with her time in rehab. One evening, contemplating her success at the shore of a lake, she senses that she is not alone. The discovery of Katrine’s corpse the following day brings detectives Frølich and Gunnarstranda onto the case and into a web of secrets and lies that stretches back generations. K.O. Dahl weaves an intricate plot, juxtaposing the selfdelusion of drug addicts with the more complex self-delusions of the well-respected middle-class people treating them.
Similar to other Frølich novels, Dahl has added a poetic and emotional flavor to an essentially police procedural through protraying the complex relationships in which the characters in the book are dealing and the challenges in their lives. As a matter of fact, this aspect of K. O. Dahl novels are more interesting than the mystery side of his plots. The result is a crime fiction, enriched with a broader treatment of a culture and the changes in which the modern Norwegian society is going through. After reading many crime stories, I have eveloped the instinct to guess the story-lines and the endings but what makes this book a notable work is a different voice. I found the writing elegant, the storyline solid and the conclusion satisfactory. Overall, it was a great read in the genre of police procedural.
We recommend this book to all the fans of Scandinavian crime fiction.