Thrilling, disturbing, and an incredible debut novel from The Killing writer and creator Søren Sveistrup. Set in Copenhagen, a murder spree begins when a young mother is found murdered nearby her home with her hand amputated off, and two other murders follow soon after. The murderer leaves a small chestnut man at every crime scene, each with the fingerprint belonging to a young girl who went missing--and presumed dead--a year ago. The case is in the hands of an unlikely pair; Naia Thulin, a single mother with a fading interest in Major Crimes, and Mike Hess, a Europol agent who has been temporarily suspended from his agency and reassigned to homicide for the time being. As the mystery unfolds, each piece of the puzzle that seemed unlikely to connect weaved their way together to create a thrilling, heart-pumping climax as the killer and their intentions are revealed. Sveistrup elegantly jumps from gory murder to politics to the inner lives of our protagonists, and by the time I reached the last chapter I was eager for the story to continue. At first I struggled to stay engaged with the police-procedural styled plot, but once the plot kicked in and we got to learn more about Thulin and Hess, their chemistry together and their determination to find the truth behind this wild murder spree, I was all-in. I truly hope that Sveistrup is looking to do a sequel that pairs these detectives together again. This is a great read for someone who is a fan of the “Nordic Noir” thriller style, but this book is definitely not meant for the light-hearted. Be prepared for some graphic content!— Kirstin Swartz
“This is the thriller of the year! From the creator of the Scandinavian mini-series The Killing, The Chestnut Man is an unbelievably fast-paced and exciting page-turner. I literally had trouble putting it down so I could go to sleep! A serial killer is on the loose, a cold case kidnapping is brought back to life, and a politician is attacked from all sides. This is the kind of book Thomas Harris would write, and it’s one of the best-plotted mysteries in a long time. What a wonderful group of vivid characters and what a ride! Whew!”
— William Carl, An Unlikely Story, Plainville, MA
A Best Book of the Year: Kirkus, Library Journal, New York Times Book Review
A Book of the Month Club selection | An Indie Next Pick
FROM THE CREATOR OF THE HIT TELEVISION SHOW THE KILLING, “a full-throttle thriller in the tradition of classic Stieg Larsson” (A.J. Finn)—SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES.
IF YOU FIND ONE, HE’S ALREADY FOUND YOU
A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen.
His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.
Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago.
A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?
To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.
Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.
And no one is safe.