The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet

The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet

Competition published on September 1, 2017.




In the depths of the Norwegian winter, a woman’s frozen corpse is discovered in the garden of a notorious ex-lawyer, Vilhelm Thygesen. She has been stabbed to death. A young biker, a member of a gang once represented by the lawyer, is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Thygesen starts receiving anonymous threats, and becomes ensnared in a web of violence, crime and blackmail that spreads across Northern Europe.

Does the frozen woman hold the key?


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Find out what our Real Readers thought:


This is consummate crime writing from a master of the craft. A police procedural with more than one kink and original twist. The Frozen Woman was published nearly twenty years ago in Norway so it’s freshness is all the more remarkable…The most intriguing character in The Frozen Woman is Thygesen, the semi-disgraced lawyer; he is at the heart of the story – roguishly intelligent, slightly shady, detached but also charming. But is he the murderer? What does he know about the dead woman?…The story feels like it could be lifted from a newspaper; a crime that is tawdry and brutal, solved with good police work, a lot of luck and time. There is so much more going on in the background.
Paul Burke, 4* Read Paul’s review in full

This is the first Nordic thriller I have read and at times I did find recognising Norwegian names, places and references a little confusing. This meant I did have to refer back to previous chapters at times; however, that did keep me engaged and I felt the pace of the book didn’t suffer as a result…All in all, a great read and a more thoughtful book compared to many crime novels.
Rachel Kelly, 4*

I found the reading of this book to be easy and entertaining. It deals with some pretty horrific criminal activities but they are described in such a way that they allow you to view them as a dispassionate observer. I enjoyed Michelet’s writing style and his ability to show his views of Norwegian life in a clear, sympathetic and sensitive fashion. It is easy to see why he is one of Norway’s foremost authors.
David Keay, 5*

The story switches between locations and points of view quite seamlessly without any sense of confusion or muddle despite the complexities of the plot. The characters are well drawn and I especially enjoyed the lively relationship between police officers Vaage and Stribolt, whose mutual respect and keen sense of humour are wonderful to read. The novel works very well on its own and I don’t think it’s necessary to have read any of Michelet’s [previous] novels, although I will certainly look for them now.
Willow Thomas, 4*

I read the book a second time to tease out the different points at which I, and the police investigators, learned enough to solve the puzzles, and to absorb more fully the characters and locations. I appreciated the light touch of the author; although dealing with serious topics, there is enough humour to make this, if not a relaxing read, certainly not a harrowing one.
Adie Batt, 5*


About the author

Author of numerous bestselling novels, plays and non-fiction books, Jon Michelet has stood at the forefront of Norwegian writing through five decades. He has worked as a sailor, docker, journalist, publisher and newspaper editor, and is nationally renowned for his commitment to a number of political and cultural causes. Michelet has been awarded the Riverton Prize for Best Norwegian Crime Novel twice, for White as Snow and The Frozen Woman, both part of his long running Vilhelm Thygesen series. He has also seen phenomenal success with his epic series, A Hero of the Sea. Telling the story of the dramatic experiences of a Norwegian merchant navy sailor during WWII, the five novels published so far have topped the charts year after year, and sold well over half a million copies.

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The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet, published on 21 September, 2017 by No Exit Press, in hardback




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