The Killing (Forbrydelsen) defined an era of crime thrillers and encouraged many to look beyond their own borders for quality drama. Now series writer, Søren Sveistrup, has published his debut novel, The Chestnut Man (Kastanjemanden), which has sold to 23 countries so far.
In a quiet suburb of Copenhagen, the police make a terrible discovery. A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.
Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case along with her partner, Mark Hess, a burned-out investigator who has just been kicked out of Europol.
They discover a fingerprint on the chestnut man from the daughter of a politician who is presumed dead, but the man who confessed to her murder is already behind bars. When another woman is found murdered, Thulin and Hess suspect that the cases are connected and fear that there could be more to come.
The Chestnut Man is available to UK readers in hardback on 10th January with the paperback to follow on 7th May. Both versions will be released on 7th May in the USA.