Synopses & Reviews
LARS KEPLER, AUTHOR OF THE HYPNOTIST
AND THE NIGHTMARE,
DELIVERS THE MOST THRILLING JOONA LINNA NOVEL YET IN THE FIRE WITNESS
Flora Hansen makes her living masquerading as a medium. Yet when a young woman is brutally murdered at a rural home for wayward girls, she begins to suffer visions that are all too real. She calls the police, claiming to have seen a ghost, but Detective Inspector Joona Linna is the only one who listens. The case seems obvious to everyone: Another girl fled the home on the night of the killing and left behind a bloody hammer under her pillow. But Hansen insists that the murder weapon was, in fact, a stone. Linna refuses to accept the easy answers, and his search leads him into darker, more violent territory—and to a shocking confrontation with a figure from his past.
Praise for Lars Kepler:
“Larsson is destined to have many heirs...[Kepler] is by far the best.”—Lev Grossman, Time
“One convincing psychotic is about as much as most thriller writers can handle, but Kepler delivers them by the roomful.”—Time
“Kepler provides a master class in noir.”—The Boston Globe
“Action-oriented, inventive, with over-the-top plots and larger-than-life heroes and criminals.”—Los Angeles Times Magazine
“Outrageously entertaining...Methadone for readers suffering from Stieg Larsson withdrawal.”—Laura Miller, Salon
“Keplers characters are admirably flawed...Its a smooth collaboration...with frequent surprises and grace notes amid the carnage. With any luck, well hear more of Lars Kepler.”—Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
About the Author
Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for a literary couple who live in Sweden. Their novels, including The Nightmare and The Hypnotist, have been number-one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries, including Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, and Spain. They live in Stockholm.