Dahl is among the many Norwegian writers who have explored the neo-Nazi threat, in his case in a book entitled The Man in the Window. Even the hugely popular Jo Nesbø, whose recent biggest sellers have been apolitical tales of freakish serial killers, employed the neo-Nazi trope in one of his earlier novels, The Redbreast, in which a racist thug makes a speech berating Europe for abandoning national socialism and allowing mass immigration. "They let the enemy build mosques in our midst, let them rob our old folk and mingle blood with our women," says the white supremacist of the Norwegian political class.
"Crime fiction is probably the No 1 genre when it comes to reflecting society," says Holt. "Before this happened I would have sworn that it was physically impossible, first to let off a bomb and then to go out there and shoot all these kids. Now we know that someone from Norway can do it. I didn't dare have someone from Norway [committing the killings] in Fear Not. I had a discussion with my editor and I said: 'What if I made this [homicidal bigoted religious sect] a Norwegian organisation?' And she said: 'No, nobody will believe that. You have to make it American because they do have organisations like that.' Now in retrospect I can say I regret the fact that I didn't."
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