Little Drummer: a nerve-shattering, shocking instalment in the award-winning Oslo Detectives series (Oslo Detective Series #9) (Paperback)

Little Drummer: a nerve-shattering, shocking instalment in the award-winning Oslo Detectives series (Oslo Detective Series #9) By Kjell Ola Dahl, Don Bartlett (Translated by) Cover Image
By Kjell Ola Dahl, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days

Other Books in Series

This is book number 9 in the Oslo Detective Series series.


Godfather of Nordic Noir Kjell Ola Dahl returns with tense, sophisticated, searingly relevant international thriller that explodes the Nordic Noir genre, as Frølich and Gunnarstranda investigate the death of a woman whose scientist boyfriend has also gone missing…

‘Dahl is a quiet master of the detective thriller, delivering complex plots and a simpatico hero…’ —The Times

‘If you have never sampled Dahl, now is the time to try’ —Daily Mail

‘Further cements Dahl as the Godfather of Nordic Noir, reminding readers why they fell in love with the genre in the first place’ —CultureFly


When a woman is found dead in her car in a Norwegian parking garage, everyone suspects an overdose… until a forensics report indicates that she was murdered. Oslo Detectives Frølich and Gunnarstranda discover that the victim’s Kenyan scientist boyfriend has disappeared, and their investigations soon lead them into the shady world of international pharmaceutical deals. 

While Gunnarstranda closes in on the killers in Norway, Frølich and Lise, his new journalist ally, travel to Africa, where they make a series of shocking discoveries about exploitation and corruption in the distribution of foreign aid and essential HIV medications. 

When tragedy unexpectedly strikes, all three investigators face incalculable danger, spanning two continents. And not everyone will make it out alive…

Exploding the confines of the Nordic Noir genre, Little Drummer is a sophisticated, fast-paced, international thriller with a searingly relevant, shocking premise that will keep you glued to the page.


‘A triumph’ —Denzil Meyrick

‘Kjell Ola Dahl’s novels are superb. If you haven’t read one yet, you need to – right now’ —William Ryan

‘Dark, stylish and suspenseful … the perfect example of why Nordic Noir has become such a popular genre’ —Reader’s Digest

‘Kjell Ola Dahl’s fine style and intricate plotting are superb. He keeps firm hold of the story, never letting go of the tension’ —Crime Review



‘A dark, emotive and twisty mystery’

‘Extremely gripping’

‘Engrossing and beautifully crafted’

‘Fiercely powerful and convincing’

About the Author

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers (Oslo Detectives series) featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

Don Bartlett completed an MA in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia in 2000 and has since worked with a wide variety of Danish and Norwegian authors, including Jo Nesbø and Gunnar Staalesen’s Varg Veum series: We Shall Inherit the Wind, Wolves in the Dark and the Petrona award-winning Where Roses Never Die. He also translated Faithless, the previous book in Kjell Ola Dahl’s Oslo Detective series for Orenda Books. He lives with his family in a village in Norfolk.

Praise For…

Praise for previous titles in the series:

"This is a must for fans of Nordic noir." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Dahl’s straightforward, absorbing prose smoothly negotiates the case’s complexities." —Booklist Online

"Superb. . . . Dahl highlights social issues in contemporary Norway. . . . The action comes to a climax in an utterly convincing chase through Oslo’s sewage system. The translator’s stripped-down, muscular prose is a plus." --Publishers Weekly starred review of Faithless

"Expertly crafted unravelling of mixed loyalties, love, lust, lies and trust, set against the background of a world increasingly on the edge of all-out war" —John Harvey, Author of Charlie Resnick series

"Dahl deftly controls the narrative, wielding irony to create bittersweet noir tension." — Booklist

"Well written, quickly paced, Dahl’s series fits the traditional police detective model (think Michael Connelly, and Karen Slaughter), including the hint of despair that a high-alcohol profession brings along. Good reading." —New York Journal of Books

"Recommend to fans of Karin Fossum and Kjell Eriksson. Dahl is a formidable talent whose books may well become as popular in the US as in Norway." —Booklist on The Fourth Man

Product Details
ISBN: 9781914585128
ISBN-10: 1914585127
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2022
Pages: 276
Language: English
Series: Oslo Detective Series