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The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup @JennyPlatt90 @MichaelJBooks #TheChestnutMan #SorenSveistrup #ScandiNoir #BlogTour

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January 10th 2019 Michael Joseph

Book Description

One Tuesday in October, Rosa Hartung is returning to her job as minister for social affairs following a year’s leave of absence – granted after the dramatic disappearance of her twelve year old daughter.  Linus Bekker, a mentally ill young man, confessed to her killing, but is unable to remember where he buried various parts of her dismembered corpse.

On the same day Rosa returns to Parliament, a young single mother is found brutally murdered at her home in the suburbs of Copenhagen – she’s been tortured, and one hand has been cut off.  Thulin and Hess, the detectives sent to investigate the crime, arrive at the address to find a figure made of chestnuts hanging from a playhouse nearby.

When yet another woman is murdered – this time with both hands missing and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect a connection with the Hartung case.  But what is it?

Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because its clear that the murderer is on a mission that is far from over…

My Thoughts

A mighty tome of a read, clocking over 500 pages, classic Scandi Noir and a must read for fans of the rich and intricately weaved books characteristic of this genre.

This book hit the ground running, and immediately I was thrust into the plot, not sure who was who and how they fit in.  Detectives Thulin and Hess are equally thrown together with Hess pitching up in Copenhagen, having fallen foul of Europol and sent home pending investigation.  Thulin has her own agenda and it doesn’t feature Hess or indeed the Major Crimes Division – an ambitious young detective, Thulin has her eye on the desirable Cyber Crime Unit and doesn’t count on a lengthy murder investigation to hold her back.  That said this is an appealing, albeit quirky duo, with a certain amount of intrigue and their own chemistry, I do wonder if there could be more to come from this pair.

The plot is complex, this is Scandi Noir after all and there are a lot of characters and lots happening, I picked up this book wanting a meaty read and that’s what I got.  This book requires attention, I am a stickler to detail and I found myself checking back a couple of times.  As the story unfolds there is a lot of information to retain, with some false starts and some dead ends along the way.

With a fast paced start, the story slowed in the middle before picking up again in the concluding chapters.  The murders are grim, as is the backstory, within the pages there are a lot of undesirables and unpleasantness – this is crime fiction after all!  But everything tied up nicely at the end in a very neat and well executed plot.

Written in the third person from a number of perspectives, this is a great piece of crime fiction.  A must for fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ( Millennium Trilogy) and if this is indeed a series it is definitely one I will be reading more of, if it’s standalone, well what a terrific read!

This is a blog tour so do please support the buzz around this book by following the tour and sharing on Social Media.  Huge Thanks to Jenny at Michael Joseph for inviting me to be part of the tour and providing me with a copy of the book.

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