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Motive X
16 May 2019 * HARDBACK * £18.99 * 9781786694607

How do you catch a serial killer who never strikes the same way twice?

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 560 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
Exclusive: GB CA AU NZ IN ZA SG US
Victim Without A Face
Eighteen Below
X Ways to Die
The Final Nail
Also in A Fabian Risk Thriller series
Motive XA Fabian Risk Thriller, 3by Stefan Ahnhem, translated by Agnes Broomé

He strikes at random. His motive unknown. No one is safe...

Helsingborg police must solve the unsolveable. A wave of apparently random homicides is sweeping through their idyllic seaside town. The murders have no pattern, no order, no reason. The perpetrator is immune to psychological profiling; forensically untraceable; utterly invulnerable to modern police techniques.

The body count is growing. But lead investigator Fabian Risk is distracted by his mission to expose a corrupt colleague, and his boss Astrid is spiralling back into addiction. As the hunt for the solution becoming ever more desperate, their tight-knit team begins to unravel...

Motive X is both an explosive, multi-layered 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.

The story continues in X Ways to Die, available May 2020.

REVIEWS FOR STEFAN AHNHEM:

'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-ten bestseller in Germany, Sweden & Ireland.

The million-copy bestselling author of Victim Without a Face.

Published in thirty countries.

MARKET: Jo Nesbo; Camilla Lackberg; Stieg Larsson.


That Ahnhem can keep all those balls juggling without dropping them is no mean feat... A very good piece of writing... He tells the story with almost teasing changes of scene and multiple points of view, and very matter of fact gory violence' Crime Time

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