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From the creator of the hit television show The Killing, a nail-biting debut - a stylish and atmospheric thriller that follows the race to find a serial killer terrorizing Copenhagen.

The debut novel from the creator and writer of The Killing.

On a blistery autumn morning Rosa Hartung returns to her job as Minister for Social Affairs, a year after the dramatic disappearance of her twelve year-old daughter. Linus Berger, a mentally disturbed young man, confessed to her killing, but claims he can't remember where he buried her dismembered corpse.

That same day Rosa returns to Parliament, a young mother is found murdered at her home in the suburbs of Copenhagen - she's been tortured, and one hand has been cut off. Detectives Thulin and Hess, sent to investigate the crime, arrive to find a figure made of chestnut hanging from a nearby playhouse.

When yet another woman is murdered, and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect that there's a connection between the previously closed Hartung case and the new recent victims.

Thulin and Hess are drawn into a race against time, as the murderer is on a mission that is far from over.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781405939768

    December 3, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    512 pages

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241372111

    January 22, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    512 pages

    RRP $37.00

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  • Hardback

    9780241372104

    January 15, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    512 pages

    RRP $50.00

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  • The Chestnut Man
    Soren Sveistrup

    EBook

    9781405939775

    January 10, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

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Extract

Tuesday 31 October 1989

1

Red and yellow leaves drift down through the sunlight on to the wet asphalt, which cuts through the woods like a dark and glassy river. As the white squad car tears past, they’re spun briefly in the air before coming to rest in sticky clumps along the edge of the road. Marius Larsen takes his foot off the accelerator and eases up for the bend, making a mental note to tell the council they need to come out here with the sweeper. If the leaves are left too long they’ll make the surface slippery, and that sort of thing can cost lives. Marius has seen it many times before. He’s been on the force forty-one years, senior officer at the station for the last seventeen, and he has to prod them about it every single autumn. But not today – today he has to focus on the conversation.

Marius fiddles irritably with the frequency on the car radio, but he can’t find what he’s looking for. Only news about Gorbachev and Reagan, and speculation about the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s imminent, they’re saying. A whole new era may be on its way.

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