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The Chestnut Man

by Soren Sveistrup

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The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2019
    528 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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IF YOU FIND ONE, HE'S ALREADY FOUND YOU. The heart-pounding debut from the creator of the hit Scandinavian television show The Killing.

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.

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"This is a page-turner that will make you hesitate before turning the page, so unnerving is the violence. One of the best and scariest crime novels of the year...A tantalizing, un-put-down-able novel by an instant master of the form." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"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." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This might just be the thriller of the year. The Chestnut Man grips you from the opening page and never lets go, as we're pulled into a haunting whirlwind of secrets, deception and the dark side of the soul. The policing is top-notch, of course, and the characters—good and bad—are so real we're sure we've met them before. Brilliant!" - Jeffery Deaver, author of The Never Game

"A full-throttle thriller in the tradition of classic Stiegg Larsson, drenched in atmosphere and charged with adrenaline. Buckle up. You'll gulp down every word. I loved this book." - A.J. Finn, author of the The Woman in the Window

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Victoria

Engaging Scandinavian serial killer thriller
Thanks to Harper Collins and Goodreads for the ARC for review. The writer of “The Killing” TV series (which I enjoyed) has written his first novel. Definitely a must read for fans of Scandinavian crime stories, like the Harry Hole novels. I thought this book was very good, if not up to most of the Jo Nesbo novels (but they’re not all 5 star works either). A bit formulaic and I figured out the WHO about 2/3 through, although not the WHY until it was revealed. I’m not sure if that was because it was a strained reason, or if I was just a bit slow on the uptake, but maybe the former. It will definitely keep you turning pages once it starts and I would read a sequel if there is one (the ending sets it up as the possible start to a series, but no worries, no cliffhanger).

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Søren Sveistrup is an internationally acclaimed script writer, creator and film producer of several TV series. From 2007 to 2012 he was the creator and writer of The Killing, which has won several international awards, been sold to more than a hundred countries all over the world and remade for AMC by Fox Television Studios in the US. He lives in Copenhagen.

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