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Publisher Comments:

Lars Kepler, the authors of The Hypnotist and The Nightmare, deliver their most thrilling novel yet

Flora Hansen calls herself a medium and makes a living by pretending to commune with the dead. But after a gruesome murder at a rural home for wayward girls, Hansen begins to suffer visions that are all too real. She calls the police claiming to have seen a ghost, but only one detective puts aside his skepticism long enough to listen: Joona Linna.

     Linna has spent more time at the scene of the crime than any other detective would. The case seems obvious on the face of it: One of the girls at the home escaped in the middle of the night, leaving behind a bloody bed with a hammer under the pillow. But why does Hansen insist that the murder instrument was a stone, not a hammer? And whats the story behind the dark-red grain of sand, almost like a splinter from a ruby, stuck beneath the dead girls fingernail? As Linna refuses to accept the easy answers, his search leads him into darker, more violent territory and, finally, to a shocking confrontation with a figure from his past.

     Just as The Hypnotist and The Nightmare did, The Fire Witness has spent months at number one on the Swedish bestseller lists. As the newspaper Dagens Nyheter put it, you start the book “on the subway home, keep reading at the dinner table, and then dont stop until well into the wee hours.” With publication to come in more than fifteen countries, its sure to join the ranks of its predecessors as an international sensation.

Review:

"While technically on administrative leave, detective Joona Linna is assigned to a case in a Swedish town where a young girl at a residential program has been found dead. He checks and double checks the curious circumstances of the death and tries to find information from the victim's housemates, but Linna is also willing to hear what Flora Hansen, a local medium of questionable skill, has to say. This dark mystery is rendered even more haunting by Mark Bramhall's performance. His deep and crackling voice not only heightens the book's significant suspense but also grabs listeners' attention and refuses to let go. Bramhall practically growls at times, but despite speaking in lower registers, he manages to ably convey a range of voices, including those of women, young and old. A Sarah Crichton hardcover. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Lars Kepler, the authors of The Hypnotist and The Nightmare, deliver their most thrilling novel yet

Flora Hansen calls herself a medium and makes a living by pretending to commune with the dead. But after a gruesome murder at a rural home for wayward girls, Hansen begins to suffer visions that are all too real. She calls the police claiming to have seen a ghost, but only one detective puts aside his skepticism long enough to listen: Joona Linna.

     Linna has spent more time at the scene of the crime than any other detective would. The case seems obvious on the face of it: One of the girls at the home escaped in the middle of the night, leaving behind a bloody bed with a hammer under the pillow. But why does Hansen insist that the murder instrument was a stone, not a hammer? And whats the story behind the dark-red grain of sand, almost like a splinter from a ruby, stuck beneath the dead girls fingernail? As Linna refuses to accept the easy answers, his search leads him into darker, more violent territory and, finally, to a shocking confrontation with a figure from his past.

     Just as The Hypnotist and The Nightmare did, The Fire Witness has spent months at number one on the Swedish bestseller lists. As the newspaper Dagens Nyheter put it, you start the book “on the subway home, keep reading at the dinner table, and then dont stop until well into the wee hours.” With publication to come in more than fifteen countries, its sure to join the ranks of its predecessors as an international sensation.

About the Author

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for a literary couple who live and write in Sweden. Their novels, including The Nightmare and The Hypnotist, have been number-one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries, including France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Holland, and Denmark. The forthcoming film version of The Hypnotist is directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781427231567
Author:
Kepler, Lars
Publisher:
MacMillan Audio
Author:
Bramhall, Mark
Author:
Wideburg, Laura A.
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers/General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective/International Mystery & Crime
Subject:
noir
Subject:
Thrillers/Crime
Copyright:
Series:
Detective Inspector Joona Linna
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 CDs, 16 hours
Dimensions:
5.98 x 5.18 x 1.15 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "While technically on administrative leave, detective Joona Linna is assigned to a case in a Swedish town where a young girl at a residential program has been found dead. He checks and double checks the curious circumstances of the death and tries to find information from the victim's housemates, but Linna is also willing to hear what Flora Hansen, a local medium of questionable skill, has to say. This dark mystery is rendered even more haunting by Mark Bramhall's performance. His deep and crackling voice not only heightens the book's significant suspense but also grabs listeners' attention and refuses to let go. Bramhall practically growls at times, but despite speaking in lower registers, he manages to ably convey a range of voices, including those of women, young and old. A Sarah Crichton hardcover. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

Lars Kepler, the authors of The Hypnotist and The Nightmare, deliver their most thrilling novel yet

Flora Hansen calls herself a medium and makes a living by pretending to commune with the dead. But after a gruesome murder at a rural home for wayward girls, Hansen begins to suffer visions that are all too real. She calls the police claiming to have seen a ghost, but only one detective puts aside his skepticism long enough to listen: Joona Linna.

     Linna has spent more time at the scene of the crime than any other detective would. The case seems obvious on the face of it: One of the girls at the home escaped in the middle of the night, leaving behind a bloody bed with a hammer under the pillow. But why does Hansen insist that the murder instrument was a stone, not a hammer? And whats the story behind the dark-red grain of sand, almost like a splinter from a ruby, stuck beneath the dead girls fingernail? As Linna refuses to accept the easy answers, his search leads him into darker, more violent territory and, finally, to a shocking confrontation with a figure from his past.

     Just as The Hypnotist and The Nightmare did, The Fire Witness has spent months at number one on the Swedish bestseller lists. As the newspaper Dagens Nyheter put it, you start the book “on the subway home, keep reading at the dinner table, and then dont stop until well into the wee hours.” With publication to come in more than fifteen countries, its sure to join the ranks of its predecessors as an international sensation.

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