The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler
A Novel (Detective Inspector Joona Linna)

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A rich, nuanced tale, ideal for beach reading, just as long as the beach doesn’t harbor too many shadows.
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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 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 Lars Kepler's 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 thriller "on the subway home, keep reading at the dinner table, and then don't stop until well into the wee hours." Kepler writes with the force of Stieg Larsson and the plotting of Jo Nesbø. The Fire Witness is an unflinching page-turner, sure to join the ranks of its predecessors as an international sensation.

 

About Lars Kepler

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Lars Kepler is a pseudonym for a literary couple who live and write in Sweden.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Sarah Crichton Books. 513 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 20 2013

A rich, nuanced tale, ideal for beach reading, just as long as the beach doesn’t harbor too many shadows.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Doris Meredith on Jul 09 2013

A good crime novel features a puzzle; a better crime novel features a puzzle within a puzzle; the best crime novel features a multitude of puzzles within puzzles. The Fire Witness is one of the best...

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