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'A full-throttle thriller in the tradition of classic Stieg Larsson, drenched in atmosphere and charged with adrenaline. I loved this book' A. J. Finn, author of The Woman In The Window
'A cracking ending that left me STUNNED' 5***** Reader Review
THE CHILLING DEBUT NOVEL FROM THE CREATOR AND WRITER OF HIT TV SHOW THE KILLING, perfect for fans of THE FALL and DES
As the leaves fall, he's coming for you . . .
One October morning in a quiet 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.
Examining the doll, Forensics are shocked to find a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, kidnapped and murdered a year ago.
Can a new killer be the key to an old crime?
And will his spree be over when winter arrives - or is he only just getting started? . . .
'The Stieg Larsson comparisons seem unfair - on Sveistrup. He is quite simply in another league' Metro
'If you're pining for a dose of Jo Nesbo-style Scandi noir, The Chestnut Man should hit the spot' The Times
'Has success written all over it' Daily Express
'Creepy, clever and packed with tension' Sun
'If you are one of the millions who enjoyed The Killing, you'll want to read the first novel by its creator' Guardian
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PRAISE FOR THE CHESTNUT MAN ON NETFLIX:
'A chilling psychological thriller that will have you hooked . . . Fans of The Killing will not be disappointed' FORBES
'Perfect for fans of Nordic thrillers . . . The next binge-watched success' EXPRESS
'Gripping and gruesome - exactly what you want from The Killing creators' iNEWS
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The creator of the Nordic noir TV series The Killing transports his immense talent from the screen to the page with this breathtaking debut novel. Set in Copenhagen, Soren Sveistrup’s disturbing thriller begins with the discovery of some brutally mutilated bodies and continues at a riveting pace, drawing you into a world of grief, evil and political chicanery. Full of the kind of complex, empathetic characters that made The Killing so enthralling, The Chestnut Man is split into short, sharp chapters that tempt you to read just one more until you realise you’ve stayed up all night. The ending is impossible to predict.
Sveistrup, creator and writer of the TV series The Killing, makes his stellar debut with this classy procedural, a revenge saga played out in present-day Copenhagen by characters both police and villains excruciatingly true to life. By-the-book detective Naia Thulin hopes for advancement to the national cybercrime center, but she currently works under the opportunistic head of Copenhagen's Major Crimes Division. As a horrifying serial mutilation-murder wave begins, she's saddled with seedy, authority-scorning Mark Hess as her temporary partner. Almost immediately, forensic evidence links the killer, who leaves a spooky doll made of chestnuts by each of his victims, to the year-old cold case of Minister of Social Affairs Rosa Hartung's 12-year-old daughter, kidnapped and presumed dead. With rapid-fire cinematic cuts from one brutal scene after another, Sveistrup illuminates the complexities of urban police work amid abundant inefficiencies, a plethora of red herrings, and government corruption. This one cries out for a sequel and a film adaptation.
A slow start with a little too much background explanation/definition but within a few chapters totally gripping!
Captivating writing on every page
The Chestnut Man
A dark and disturbing Scandi novel, up there with the best, not a likeable female lead detective but her maverick side kick proves his worth.