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The Fire Witness

A Novel

Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Volume 3)

Lars Kepler; Translated from the Swedish by Laura A. Wideburg

Picador

LARS KEPLER, AUTHOR OF THE HYPNOTIST AND THE NIGHTMARE, DELIVERS THE MOST THRILLING JOONA LINNA NOVEL YET IN THE FIRE WITNESS

Flora Hansen makes her living masquerading as a medium. Yet when a young woman is brutally murdered at a rural home for wayward girls, she begins to suffer visions that are all too real. She calls the police, claiming to have seen a ghost, but Detective Inspector Joona Linna is the only one who listens. The case seems obvious to everyone: Another girl fled the home on the night of the killing and left behind a bloody hammer under her pillow. But Hansen insists that the murder weapon was, in fact, a stone. Linna refuses to accept the easy answers, and his search leads him into darker, more violent territory—and to a shocking confrontation with a figure from his past.

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Elisabet Grim is fifty-three years old. Her hair is streaked with gray, but her eyes are bright and happy, and when she smiles, one of her front teeth juts out impishly.
She is a nurse at Birgittagården, a state-approved home for especially troubled girls north of Sundsvall. It’s a small, privately owned residence. Rarely are there more than eight girls there at a time. They range from twelve to seventeen in age. Many are drug addicts when they arrive. Almost all have a history of self-injury—eating disorders, for instance. Some can be violent. For these girls,
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Praise for The Fire Witness

Praise for Lars Kepler:

“Larsson is destined to have many heirs...[Kepler] is by far the best.”—Lev Grossman, Time

“One convincing psychotic is about as much as most thriller writers can handle, but Kepler delivers them by the roomful.”—Time

“Compellingly grisly.”—Vogue

“Kepler provides a master class in noir.”—The Boston Globe

“Action-oriented, inventive, with over-the-top plots and larger-than-life heroes and criminals.”—Los Angeles Times Magazine

“Outrageously entertaining...Methadone for readers suffering from Stieg Larsson withdrawal.”—Laura Miller, Salon

“Kepler’s characters are admirably flawed...It’s a smooth collaboration...with frequent surprises and grace notes amid the carnage. With any luck, we’ll hear more of Lars Kepler.”—Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Lars Kepler; Translated from the Swedish by Laura A. Wideburg

  • Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for a literary couple who live in Sweden. Their novels, including The Nightmare and The Hypnotist, have been number-one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries, including Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, and Spain. They live in Stockholm.

  • Lars Kepler © Anna-Lena Ahlström
    Lars Kepler
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The Fire Witness

A Novel

Detective Inspector Joona Linna

Lars Kepler; Translated from the Swedish by Laura A. Wideburg

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