The Chestnut Man: A Novel (Hardcover)

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By Soren Sveistrup, Caroline Waight (Translated by)
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To describe The Chestnut Man as heart pounding would be a travesty. When the fingerprint of a prime minister’s daughter - previously presumed dead - appears at the crime scene of an especially brutal murder, two at-odds detectives must face their incredulous department and the blood-thirsty media in order to uncover the truth behind not only the serial murder assigned to them but the high-octane kidnapping case that was closed nearly a year before.  Sveistrup masterfully weaves a propulsive, incomprehensibly thrilling novel that is impossible to put down. The Chestnut Man will have you waiting with bated breath for his next move and Sveistrup will have you flipping through pages faster than you knew possible.


— From Tianna's Recs




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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

“A tension-charged debut. . . . Incendiary.”
Financial Times

“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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062895363
ISBN-10: 0062895362
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 528
Language: English