The boy in the headlights | Samuel Bjork

There are few things that give me as much pleasure as a well-written, gripping-to-the-end Nordic Noir novel with unexpected twists and turns. Samuel Bjork delivers all of these and the only bad news is that he’s only written three books so far.

The boy in the headlights is the third book featuring Mia Krüger and Holger Munch and is once again set in Oslo, Norway. When the body of Vivian Berg, a 22 year-old ballet dancer is found floating in a remote lake, the now basically defunct special unit Holger assembled ten years ago, is reunited to find a serial killer with no apparent method or motive.

See below for the official summary or you can read my full review on Crime Fiction Lover.


Munch and Krüger. An unexpected pairing. A brilliant team.

Winter 1996. An old man is driving home when his headlights catch an animal on the empty road up ahead. He stamps hard on the brakes. But it is not an animal at all. It is a young boy, frightened and alone, with a set of deer antlers strapped firmly to his head.

Fourteen years later, a body is found in a mountain lake. Within weeks, three people have died. Each time, the killer has left a clue, inviting Special Investigations Detectives Munch and Krüger to play a deadly game – a game they cannot possibly win. Against the most dangerous and terrifying kind of serial killer. One who chooses their victims completely at random.

To find the killer they must look deep within their own dark pasts, but how can you stop a murderer when you cannot begin to predict their next move?

The boy in the headlights is published by Penguin UK. Thank you to Transworld Publishers for my review copy.

You can purchase The boy in the headlights on Amazon or Loot in you’re in South Africa.