An international bestseller - A brutal murder in Norway, a murder in Virginia - both connected to sixteenth century palimpsest of a serial murderer's confession.
A murder at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, bears a close resemblance to one in Trondheim, Norway. The corpse of the museum curator in Virginia is found flayed in his office by the cleaning staff; the corpse of an archivist at the library in Norway, is found inside a locked vault used to store delicate and rare books. Richmond homicide detective Felicia Stone and Trondheim police inspector Odd Singsaker find themselves working on similar murder cases, committed the same way, but half a world away. And both murders are somehow connected to a sixteenth century palimpsest book - The Book of John - which appears to be a journal of a serial murderer back in 1529 Norway, a book bound in human skin.
A runaway bestseller in Norway, Where Monsters Dwell has since sold to over fourteen countries. Where Monsters Dwell is the most awaited English language crime fiction debut in years.
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"Almost impossible to put down
Everyone should run and buy this!" Kulturspeilet
"Here Jørgen Brekke largely created the perfect novel." - Gjengangeren (Norwegian newspaper)
"Crime fans may enjoy Brekke's in-jokes, such as naming minor characters after real-life serial killers, but they will quickly tire of the lagging plot." - Publishers Weekly
"With grisly murders investigated by likable detectives, this mystery is perfectly grim without being bleak and is a welcome addition to the popular "Nordic noir" sub genre." - Library Journal
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Jorgen Brekke was born in Horten, Norway. After completing his studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, he settled in Trondheim, where he currently lives with his wife and three children. Brekke taught education for some years, but recently has worked as a freelance journalist. His debut novel, Where Monsters Dwell has been sold to fifteen countries.
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