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Victim Without a Face
07 Jan 2016 * HARDBACK * £16.99 * 9781784975487

Detective Fabian Risk returns to his hometown to resolve a string of hideously inventive murders.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 580 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
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Victim Without A Face
Eighteen Below
Motive X
X Ways to Die
The Final Nail
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Victim Without a FaceA Fabian Risk Thriller, 1by Stefan Ahnhem, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

A sensational debut thriller from a master storyteller.

Two men have been murdered. Both of them were school bullies when they were younger. Plenty of people would have wanted them dead. A single clue has been found at the scene: a class photo from 1982, with two faces neatly crossed out.

Fabian Risk is the lead detective on the case. He's also one of the children in the photograph. As more people die, and more faces are crossed out, it becomes clear that a serial killer is targeting old classmates one by one. Fabian Risk thought he'd left his schooldays behind... Now he must confront his past if he is to find the killer before it's too late.

VICTIM WITHOUT A FACE is both a high voltage thriller and a fearless exploration of the darkest side of human nature. To enter Stefan Ahnhem's world, with its interwoven plotlines and sprawling cast of characters, is to put yourself in the hands of a master storyteller.


'Atmospheric and complicated [...] with great cop characters and some imaginatively grisly perps' Sunday Times (star pick).

'More gripping than Jo Nesbo, blacker than Stieg Larsson and more bleakly human than Henning Mankell' Tony Parsons.

'Epic in scale and ambition' Daily Mail.

'An intense journey, with an intricate plot... Ahnhem has mastered atmosphere, pacing and intrigue' Crime Review.

'Masterly plotting, grisly murders and chilling suspense: Stefan Ahnhem keeps the threads of this complex, two-country narrative pulled tense' Better Reading.

Stefan Ahnhem grew up in Helsingborg, Sweden, and now lives in Denmark. He began his career as a screenwriter, and among his credits is the adaptation of Henning Mankell's Wallander series for TV. His first novel, Victim Without a Face, won Crimetime's Novel of the Year, and became a top-ten bestseller in Germany, Sweden and Ireland. The series went on to become a top-three bestseller in Germany and Sweden, and a number one bestseller in Norway. Stefan Ahnhem has been named Swedish Crime Writer of the Year, and has been published in thirty countries. The Fabian Risk novels have sold more than 2.3 million copies worldwide. Follow him @StefanAhnhem

Top selling debut in Sweden 2014.

Top Ten bestseller Ireland 2016.

CrimeTime Novel of the Year Sweden 2015.

TV series in production with Nordisk.

It's a better class of murder in Sweden... Epic in scale and ambition, this announces a new arrival in the Swedish crime galaxy' Daily Mail

'Recalls Mankell at his best in its whip-smart observations, flawed but endearing characters and gruesome appeal' Sunday Times Crime Club

'Full of surprise, suspense, and the shadows of the past. I read it in one sitting' Åke Edwardson

'The next Swedish thriller king' Crimetime Award Jury

'Grabs you from the very first page and refuses to let you go' Michael Hjort and Hans Rosenfeldt

'A superb and compelling read' Army Rumour Service Blog

'Fast paced, gripping, gruesome and thrilling – I really enjoyed it and I will definitely be looking out for the next Fabian Risk book' The Book Magnet (5 star review)

'Gripping, surprising and tense' Crime Review

A gripping, tense and sinister thriller, with the dark and chilling atmosphere characteristic of the Nordic Noir genre. It is a disturbing, thought-provoking and genuinely scary story that left me double checking the door lock before I went to bed!... A superb example of a Nordic Noir/Scandi crime thriller' Curious Ginger Cat.

An exciting thriller... Each chapter is left on a cliff-hanger and with interesting characters that make us care, we need to know what happens to them' Gazette and Herald (Yorkshire).

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