Wednesday, February 05, 2020
First Wednesday Book Revew; THE CHESTNUT MAN
Women are dying and on their mutilated bodies are placed a primitive doll made from a chestnut. The deaths seems to have begun with the kidnapping of a Danish government official's child. Although the body of that child has not been found, it is assumed she is dead. As the official returns to work, the killings begin. They seemed linked to child abuse cases. And oddly, fingerprints on each chestnut man are from the kidnapped child.
Two Danish cops are assigned to the case and both are quirky and thus have trouble forging a team. They are fun to watch in action and give some respite from the horrors of the case.
This is a page-turner but a very long one. I think some judicious cutting would have made a stronger book. But I did keep turning the pages so I certainly recommend it to those brave enough for Nordic Noir. I am sure this will be on TV before you can finish the book though.
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