Released on 12 February 2015.

#2 in series
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Satellite People

3.66 based on 87 ratings & 13 reviews on

2016 Short-listed

Petrona Award


A gripping, evocative and ingenious mystery which pays homage to Agatha Christie, Satellite People is the second Norwegian mystery in Hans Olav Lahlum's series.

Oslo, 1969. When a wealthy man collapses and dies during a dinner party, Norwegian Police Inspector Kolbjørn Kristiansen, known as K2, is left shaken. For the victim, Magdalon Schelderup, a multimillionaire businessman and former resistance fighter, had contacted him only the day before, fearing for his life.

It soon becomes clear that every one of Schelderup's ten dinner guests is a suspect in the case. The businessman was disliked, even despised, by many of those close to him; and his recently revised Will may have set events in motion. But which of the guests - from his current and former wives and three children to his attractive secretary and old cohorts in the resistance - had the greatest motive for murder?

With the inestimable help of Patricia - a brilliant, acerbic young woman who lives an isolated life at home, in her wheelchair - K2 begins to untangle the lies and deceit within each of the guests' testimonies. But as the investigators receive one mysterious letter after another warning of further deaths, K2 realises he must race to uncover the killer. Before they strike again . . .

In the media

Set in Oslo in 1969, Lahum's outstanding second mystery featuring Insp. Kolbjørn "K2" Kristiansen and Patricia Borchmann pays homage to Agatha Christie . . . The intricate plot, which has its roots in the Nazi occupation of Norway, builds to a shocking conclusion.
Publishers Weekly
Ingenious . . . A Scandinavian crime novel with a difference.
A continually fascinating novel which not only holds true to the spirit of Agatha Christie but also has a 21st century take on themes and subjects that never would have been tackled by the Queen of Crime.
Waterford Today