Kjell Ola Dahl

Interviewed 30 March 2019

Kjell Ola Dahl

Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He grew up in Oslo and travelled widely before settling down and becoming a teacher in maths, economics and psychology.

He was 35 when he published his first book, and has since published 12 novels, including a series of police procedurals/psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. His work has been published in 22 countries.

Twenty years ago, he left teaching to become a full-time writer when his three children were 12 (twins) and 14. His wife is a gardener, and it seemed a natural move for them  to acquire a family farm called Torgunrud, which has been in existence since the Middle Ages (about 800 years). It’s situated by Lake Mjosa, about 100km north of Oslo.

Kjell Ola is now a part-time farmer and full-time writer, as his wife produces perennials for sale and his children have left the nest to become (variously) a publisher, water engineer and plumber.

Books by Kjell Ola Dahl

The Ice Swimmer

When a man’s body is discovered in the freeing waters of Oslo harbour, city detectives Gunnarstanda and Stigersand face a very complicated case, leading them into the murky world of political secrets.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by Ewa Sherman


When a scalded body of a woman wrapped in plastic is found in a dumpster, Inspector Frank Frølich has to search for the killer – and also to face his private nearly-forgotten demons. 

Reviewed on 02 August 2017 by Ewa Sherman