Unni Lindell's first book about Cato Isaksen! From the very first page, The Snake Bearer grips the reader in a psychological drama where the logic of madness drives the story towards an inevitable climax.
A man is found killed in an apartment in Oslo. Underneath the body the police find a note that says: “There are still witnesses.” It turns out a similar note has been found in a previous, unsolved murder case.
A serial killer is on the loose in Oslo. For 43-year-old Cato Isaksen, recently divorced and back in love, and his colleagues at the homicide division in Oslo, it is a race against time. Because the killer will commit murder again.
In an eerie way, Cato Isaksen’s private life is woven into the labyrinths of an unknown murderer’s mind. When he finally realises who the killer is, it might be too late...
First published by Aschehoug, Norway 1996
The Netherlands (Bruna/Signatuur)
France (Editions Stock)
Lithuania (Lituania W.U.)
Sweden (M. Bodström, hardcover)
Sweden (Priatförlaget, paperback
With this novel, Unni Lindell has risen into the elite division of Norwegian literature.