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Publisher Description

David Hewson's The Killing 1 is the novelization of the first series of the hit Danish crime drama, The Killing.

'Through the dark wood where the dead trees give no shelter Nanna Birk Larsen runs . . . There is a bright monocular eye that follows, like a hunter after a wounded deer. It moves in a slow approaching zigzag, marching through the Pineseskoven wasteland, through the Pentecost Forest.

The chill water, the fear, his presence not so far away . . .

There is one torchlight on her now, the single blazing eye. And it is here . . .'

Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen police department before moving to Sweden. But everything changes when nineteen-year-old student, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered in the woods outside the city. Lund's plans to relocate are put on hold as she leads the investigation along with fellow detective Jan Meyer.

While Nanna's family struggles to cope with their loss, local politician, Troels Hartmann, is in the middle of an election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen. When links between City Hall and the murder suddenly come to light , the case takes an entirely different turn.

Over the course of twenty days, suspect upon suspect emerges as violence and political intrigue cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.

Crime & Thrillers
24 May
Pan Macmillan

Customer Reviews

Waynetlc ,

The Killing by David Hewson

Transferring a story originally presented as a hugely successful tv series is no mean feat as it's a complex story with several threads running through it. However it is a thoroughly gripping one that keeps you guessing til the very end

MargB38 ,

Absolutely brilliant!

Had to read the book after watching The Killing on TV. The story has more twists and turns than a twisty-turny thing and keeps you guessing from start to finish. Couldn't put it down.

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