For Fans of Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Henning Mankell, a Gripping Nordic Thriller That Was a Bestseller in Denmark
After the death of her industrialist father, Elizabeth Caspersen finds a compromising DVD in his safe: it seems to show two people being hunted to their death in a gruesome, well-organized manhunt. Michael Sander, a private investigator and security consultant, is hired to find out who the victims are and why Caspersen was involved. Meanwhile, police investigator Lene Jensen is investigating the death of a decorated war veteran found hanged on his wedding night. Having recently come into money, the man appears to have been driven to suicide, but the question is, why?
As the two cases begin to intertwine, Lene and Michael uncover a chilling secret: the existence of a hunting club formed by Denmark’s elite businessmen, where the targets are humans who are carefully selected and made to run for their lives. As their investigations take them into the darkest depths of humanity, uncovering crimes that reach further than they ever imagined, Lene and Michael must team up to overcome an opponent who outstrips them in resources and lethal danger—before they become the ones who are hunted.
Jacobsen (When the Dead Awaken) launches a four-part Nordic thriller series with this harrowing account of the most dangerous big game hunting of all. When heiress and lawyer Elizabeth Caspersen-Behncke discovers a DVD that suggests that her late father killed a man for sport, she hires Michael Sander, a happily married PI who doesn't usually carry a weapon, to investigate. Meanwhile, 40ish, divorced cop Lene Jensen, a superintendent in Denmark's national police force, is looking into the death of highly decorated war veteran Kim Andersen, found hanging from a tree. That Andersen's hands were handcuffed behind his back suggests he didn't commit suicide. Michael and Lene join forces as their investigations intersect, leading to dark revelations of money laundering and drug smuggling, as well as the revival of Norse paganism among members of the Danish military. Worst of all, they discover that wealthy Danish businessmen, including Caspersen-Behncke's father, were stalking and slaughtering human beings in the icy reaches of northern Norway. Jacobsen's electrifying tale of personal morality pitted against ruthless inhumanity definitively negates the currently popular myth of Denmark as the happiest country in the world. Stieg Larsson fans will find much to like.