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The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler

The Fire Witness

Part of the Joona Linna Series
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The third case for controversial Swedish cop Joona Linna, by husband and wife Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril writing as Lars Kepler. The books, which began with The Hypnosis and The Nightmare have all become international bestsellers and this comes as no surprise as they combine the consistently bleak insights of most Scandinavian crime fiction with a compelling character who uses controversial methods in his investigations, never fears to get his hands dirty and whose determination is unceasing. A disturbing crime in a home for troubled girls and the disappearance of the main suspect is only the beginning of a grisly and troubling tale that grows in intensity with every chapter. Strong stuff indeed but you can't keep your eyes away. The Kepler books will linger in your memory for ages, both an encomium and a warning!

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‘Two savage murders at a girls’ remand home north of Stockholm, a girl from the home on the run in a stolen car, with a little boy strapped into the back seat and, several hundred miles away, a clairvoyant who claims to know what is a case only Detective Inspector Joona Linna is able to solve. The Fire Witness is the third outing for Lars Kepler’s taciturn detective, first encountered in The Hypnotist and then in The Nightmare. It is one of the most gripping thrillers I have ever read: well written, intelligently plotted and with a truly heart-stopping climax. I defy anyone not to gasp in surprise when the meaning of the title, The Fire Witness, is revealed. Scandinavian crime at it’s very, very best.’ Patrick Janson-Smith

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Reader Reviews

  • Rachael Anderson - 'A gripping thriller which does not disappoint. Action packed, with lots of twists and turns to keep you on your toes.' Read full review >
  • Rebecca Cockeram - 'A fast paced thriller that keeps going until the very last page. Excellent read, I couldn't put it down.' Read full review >
  • Magda North - 'A stand out read. The Fire Witness brings together great writing, phenomenal plotting and very credible characters.' Read full review >
  • Emma Barton - 'The Fire Witness grabs your attention from the first page and the fast paced story holds it to the very end.' Read full review >
  • Alan Brown - 'This is a book which scares as well as horrifies...This is the third book in the series...the book is self-sufficient and can be read as a stand alone noir fiction story.'  Read full review >
  • Sarah Williams - 'Not a terrible novel but not one I'll come back to.' Read full review >
  • Ray Orgill - 'It is a truly horrendous set of circumstances which keeps the reader glued to the page...not to be read in solitude.' Read full review >
  • Melanie Rose - 'A good read full of unexpected twists.' Read full review >
  • Kerry Bridges - 'This is apparently the third outing for Joona and although I have not read the previous two novels, I would now like to do so as I really enjoyed this one.' Read full review >
  • Helen Lowry - 'There is plenty to keep your interest...A good read and highly recommended.' Read full review >
  • Les Warriner - 'Perseverance pays - a slow start but it just gets better and better.' Read full review >
  • Jenn O'Neill - 'I found this book thrilling from the outset...I enjoyed the journey that the book took and the twists and turns through the eyes of the different characters.' Read full review >
  • Bev Farningham - 'First of all you have to get your head around all the Swedish names!'  Read full review >

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The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler

The No 1 Swedish thriller by the author of The Hypnotist and The Nightmare One girl is dead Detective Inspector Joona Linna has been called to a home for troubled girls, north of Stockholm. A young girl has been brutally murdered, her body arranged in bed with her hands covering her eyes. One girl is missing Vicky Bennet is the only girl unaccounted for. Did she run away to escape the chaos or does a bloody hammer found under her pillow make her the prime suspect? One girl claims to have witnessed it all In Stockholm, Flora Hansen works as a medium, pretending to commune with the dead. When she begins to suffer crippling visions of the young girl's murder, will anyone believe her? As Joona refuses to accept the easy answers, his search leads him into darker, more violent territory, and, finally, to a shocking confrontation with his past.


'Scandi noir at its best '
Evening Standard

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

'A brilliant thriller'
Norrkopings Tidningar Praise for Lars Kepler:

'Taking Europe by storm'
Daily Mail

'Kepler has a direct line to a very dark place in the human soul'
Lev Grossman, Time

'More energetic than Mankell, as socially involved as Larsson, Kepler matches Jo Nesbo for gothic excitement'
Weekend Australian

About the Author

Lars Kepler

A No. 1 bestselling international sensation, Lars Kepler has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies of the Joona Linna series in Sweden alone. Their first thriller, The Hypnotist, has just been released as a film, directed by Lasse Hallström. The Fire Witness is the third thriller in the Joona Linna series following on from The Nightmare in 2012. Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for writing duo, Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril. They live with their family in Sweden.

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Publication date

8th May 2014


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Blue Door an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


608 pages


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