Synopses & Reviews
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 what's the story behind the dark-red grain of sand, almost like a splinter from a ruby, stuck beneath the dead girl's 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 don't 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.
"Insanity and evil pervade the pseudonymous Kepler's gripping third novel featuring Stockholm Det. Insp. Joona Linna (after 2012's The Nightmare). At a facility for troubled girls, a resident and the nurse in charge have both had their skulls crushed. One of the inmates, Vicky Bennet, has gone missing, a bloody hammer left in her bed. Although Vicky seems incapable of murder, she becomes the only suspect. Vicky's theft of a car results in the accidental kidnapping of four-year-old Dante Abrahamsson, who's asleep in the back of the car. When Linna discovers the missing car in a river, both Vicky and Dante are presumed dead, and the investigation is closed. Linna, though, is certain that they're both still alive and continues his search. False leads, administrative difficulties, and hints of a case involving Linna's own family keep the pages flying by. Agent: Jonas Axelsson, Bonnier Group Agency (Sweden). (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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).