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Publisher Description

'Gives Jo Nesbo a run for his money' Sunday Express
'Intelligent and gripping' The Times

Mindless killer? Or do they know exactly what they're doing?

Winter 1996. An old man is driving home when his headlights catch an animal on the empty road up ahead. He stamps hard on the brakes. But it is not an animal at all. It is a young boy, frightened and alone, with a set of deer antlers strapped firmly to his head.

Fourteen years later, a body is found in a mountain lake. Within weeks, three people have died. Each time, the killer has left a clue, inviting Special Investigations Detectives Munch and Krüger to play a deadly game - a game they cannot possibly win. Against the most dangerous and terrifying kind of serial killer. One who chooses their victims completely at random.

To find the killer they must look deep within their own dark pasts, but how can you stop a murderer when you cannot begin to predict their next move?


What readers are saying:

***** 'A riveting story, with plenty of dark emotions. Perfect for Scandi-Noir lovers.'
***** 'I was hooked, this tale got my heart racing and in places sat on the edge of my seat and reading late into the night.'
***** 'Ingenious . . . I found it gripping and compulsive.'

Crime & Thrillers
21 March

Customer Reviews

bubbles1962 ,

Another gripping read with Munch and Kruger

And they are back for the third book in the series, Holger Munch is still hoping that he and his wife will get back together, not going to happen, and Mia Kruger is still totally obsessed with her dead twin sister. But aside from that they have another case to solve. Having read the first two books in this series I knew I was in for a good read from Samuel Bjork and I wasn’t disappointed.

A gripping read, beginning in 1999 as an old man is driving home on the cold, icy roads, he had hoped to be home before dark, but this didn’t happen, he is clearly uncomfortable driving In these conditions, and you feel tense for him, all of a sudden there is something ahead in the road, at first he thought it was an animal, but as he slammed on his breaks and stopped he realised it was a young boy with antlers stuck to his head, what a start! But will this be linked to anything later in the book and how?

We jump fourteen years, and a father and son out fishing make a gruesome discovery, the young boy hooks a dead body on his fishing line, that of a young girl, a ballet dancer in full costume, a needle mark on the body but no clue as to how she ended up there. Within weeks, three more people are dead, the killer has left a clue, inviting Munch and Kruger to play a deadly game, but is it a game they have any chance of winning?

This is another tightly plotted book by Samuel Bjork, the story is told through numerous viewpoints. A good overview of police procedural detail, and the brilliant working of the mind of Mia who is always insightful. The atmospheric settings work brilliantly with the story. At times very complex, with characters thrown in as red herrings but threads that bind to knit the plot together with ease.

This is another successful book by Samuel Bjork if you like Nordic Noir. I recommend this book and the two previous books, although this can be read as a stand-alone novel it does help to know the quirks and mannerisms of Munch and Kruger. Gripping from start to finish.

Thank you to netgalley and Doubleday for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

Unclesuperfly ,

Why all the fanfare reviews?

Stilted dialogue throughout and a very obvious murderer. Plus, there is nothing genius about Mia’s detecting skills that all the characters keep alluding to. A ploddingly dull read.

Mischa's ma ,

The Boy In The Headlights

First time I have come across the author Samuel Bjork, what a lucky find. Totally gripping thriller from start to last page .
Eagerly look forward to the first two book in this Mia Krüger series. Excellent read.

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