The debut novel from the creator of the television phenomenon The Killing. Welcome to the dark world of Thulin and Hess, mismatched detectives on the trail of a brutal, bizarre murder. Simultaneously, a senior politician grieves over her missing daughter: are the events connected? Søren Sveistrup ramps up the character and tension in an accomplished first thriller.
One blustery October morning in a quiet Copenhagen suburb, the police make a terrible discovery. A young woman is found brutally murdered with one of her hands missing. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.
Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case. Her partner, Mark Hess, is a burned-out investigator who's just been kicked out of Europol. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man - evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and is presumed dead; the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung. But the man who confessed to her murder is already behind bars and the case long since closed.
Soon afterwards, a second woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there's a connection between the Hartung case and the murdered women. But what is it?
Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because it's clear that the killer is on a mission that is far from over ....
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 806 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 43 mm
'A satisfying chiller with all ingredients deftly employed, from bone-freezing weather to a glimpse of the rot beneath the perfect surface of Scandinavian life. Gathers an unstoppable momentum so that 500 pages disappear in a trice.' - The Times
'As in The Killing television series, Sveistrup offers lessons to seasoned practitioners of the serial-killer whodunit in how to inject new energy into this near-exhausted subgenre, and a reminder (via his portrayal of the families, homes and workplaces that his cops visit) that crimewriting has the potential to be eye-opening, panoramic social realism' - The Sunday Times
'A full-throttle thriller in the tradition of classic Stieg Larsson, drenched in atmosphere and charged with adrenaline. Buckle up. You'll gulp down every word. I loved this book' - A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
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Wow ! what a brilliant read .This is a very long book but the fast pace just keeps going all the way to the ending .Hess and Thurin are great characters being thrown together not willingly .to find what seems like a... More
‘The Chestnut Man’ is written by the same person who created the television series ‘The Killing’. Now I have a confession to make – I have never actually watched ‘The Killing’. A big mistake. Judging by how much I... More
“Gory thriller set in Copenhagen”
This is one grim read. Made me shiver like Jo Nesbo’s the snowman. The opening chapter. Jeepers. I stopped right there. Almost didn’t read on to be honest but I was reading it at night so I waited until the next... More
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