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The Chestnut Man - Søren Sveistrup

The Chestnut Man - Søren Sveistrup

This is book № 677 of an exclusive edition of 700 copies

Title: The Chestnut Man

Author:  Søren Sveistrup

ISBN:  9780241372104

Weight:  990g

Numbered signed first edition, first printing




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The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

The debut novel from the creator and writer of The Killing

One blustery October morning in a quiet suburb of Copenhagen, the police make a terrible discovery.  A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing.  Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.

Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case.  Her partner, Mark Hess, is a burned-out investigator who’s just been kicked out of Europol.  They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man – evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and is presumed dead – the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung.

The man who confessed to her murder is behind bars and the case is long since closed.

Soon afterwards, another woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man.  Thulin and Hess suspect that there’s a connection between the Hartung case, the murdered women and a killer who is spreading fear throughout the country.  But what is it?

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

Peer & Press Reviews

Sveistrup’s brilliant and brutal The Chestnut Man sets a new benchmark.  The Steig Larsson comparisons seem unfair – on Sveistrup.  He is quite simply in another league.  Scandi noir is back with a bang with this sensational debut novel.


If you are one of the millions who enjoyed The Killing, you’ll want to read the first novel by its creator.  Sveistrup’s ability at building tension is evident, and this will undoubtedly make for a compelling television adaptation.


As in The Killing television series, Sveistrup offers lessons to seasoned practitioners of the serial-killer whodunit in how to inject new energy into this near-exhausted sub-genre, and a reminder (via his portrayal of the families, homes and workplaces that his cops visit) that crime writing has the potential to be eye-opening, panoramic social realism.

Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Chestnut Man
Translator Caroline Waight
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background:

This numbered edition of 700 copies with black sprayed page edges was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.  It was released in October 2018, three months earlier than the standard trade edition.

Each book’s number is handwritten on the tipped-in title page, which also confirms the month and year of publication.

Book number 677 of 700
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2019 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher Penguin Random House
Imprint Michael Joseph
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780241372104
ISBN 10 0241372100
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 500
Size (h x w x d) 242 x 162 x 45mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Les Kaner
Jacket images Based on original artwork by Kenneth Schultz © Shutterstock

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