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A nail-biting crime novel from the script writer behind The Killing.

In a playground just outside Copenhagen a woman is found dead with one hand cut off.

A small chestnut figure hangs over her.

Naia Thulin and Mark Hess are sent to investigate but they soon discover another woman has been brutally murdered. This time both her hands have been cut off.

And the chestnut figure is back.

Thulin and Hess soon suspect that these murdered women are connected to the missing daughter of Rosa Hartung, the Minister for Social Affairs, and work against the clock to stop the killer from striking again.

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241372111

    January 22, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    512 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241372104

    January 15, 2019

    Michael Joseph

    512 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • The Chestnut Man
    Soren Sveistrup

    EBook

    9781405939775

    January 10, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

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Extract

Tuesday 31 October 1989

1

Red and yellow leaves drift down through the sunlight on to the wet asphalt, which cuts through the woods like a dark and glassy river. As the white squad car tears past, they’re spun briefly in the air before coming to rest in sticky clumps along the edge of the road. Marius Larsen takes his foot off the accelerator and eases up for the bend, making a mental note to tell the council they need to come out here with the sweeper. If the leaves are left too long they’ll make the surface slippery, and that sort of thing can cost lives. Marius has seen it many times before. He’s been on the force forty-one years, senior officer at the station for the last seventeen, and he has to prod them about it every single autumn. But not today – today he has to focus on the conversation.

Marius fiddles irritably with the frequency on the car radio, but he can’t find what he’s looking for. Only news about Gorbachev and Reagan, and speculation about the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s imminent, they’re saying. A whole new era may be on its way.

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