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Head of Zeus
Seat 7a
13 May 2021 * HARDBACK * £18.99 * 9781838935818

A terrified plane passenger is given an impossible choice: persuade the pilot to crash the plane, killing everybody on board, or your daughter dies, in the twisted new thriller from international bestseller Sebastian Fitzek.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 416 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
Exclusive: GB CA AU NZ IN ZA SG US
The Package
Passenger 23
The Soul Breaker
Also by Sebastian Fitzek
Seat 7aSebastian Fitzek, translated by Steve Anderson

Germany's king of the thriller takes to the skies with a terrifying and twisted new novel.

You know your fear is irrational, you've checked the statistics. Flying is safer than driving – nineteen times safer. Irrational, perhaps. But you're not wrong.

Mats Krüger is terrified of flying. But his daughter, Nele, is about to give birth to his first grandchild, so, for once, he's taking the risk and making the thirteen-hour flight from Buenos Aires to Berlin.

Of course, he's taken precautions. He's bought the five statistically safest seats on the plane, as well as seat 7A – the spot where you are most likely to die in a plane accident – so no one can sit there. Just in case.

But Mats has to give up seat 7A to another passenger. Moments later, he receives a phone call. Nele has been kidnapped. The caller has a single demand.

Convince the pilot to crash the plane. Or Nele dies.

Sebastian Fitzek is one of Europe's most successful authors of psychological thrillers. His books have sold 12 million copies, been translated into more than thirty-six languages and are the basis for international cinema and theatre adaptations. Sebastian Fitzek was the first German author to be awarded the European Prize for Criminal Literature. He lives with his family in Berlin.

Sebastian Fitzek is Germany's most successful thriller and suspense writer, and an international number one bestseller. All of his novels have been Der Spiegel top ten bestsellers, with seven of them reaching number one.

His novels are international number one bestsellers, selling more than 11 million copies in more than 35 countries.

Head of Zeus are launching Sebastian Fitzek as a new brand with a comprehensive campaign encompassing PR, trade and consumer marketing.

MARKET: The Chain, Adrian McKinty; John Marrs; Chris Carter; Pierre LeMaitre; Michel Bussi.

'One of his best ... The thrill of the ride' Irish Independent

'With its outlandish premise, its surfeit of shrinks (there are two more) and its improbable coincidences, Fitzek's brainy thriller is always at risk of becoming impossible to take seriously. And while it never quite topples over into farce, you keep reading more to find out what bonkers twist he'll come up with next rather than because you're anxious about the characters' fates' Sunday Times

'There are so many tense moments and unexpected turns of events, my head was in a whirl by the last page. A highly recommended exceptional psychological chiller. Especially if the reader is not afraid of flying!' Promoting Crime Fiction

'If the reader can accept the outrageous high-concept plot device here, a compulsive experience is guaranteed' Financial Times

'Fitzek's thrillers are breathtaking, full of wild twists' Harlan Coben.
'Spine-chilling ... Masterful ... Brilliant' The Times.
'Dazzling' Sunday Times.
'A breakneck ride' Big Issue.
'Grimly atmospheric' Guardian.
'Sebastian Fitzek is without question one of the crime world's most evocative storytellers. He always serves up an intense, impossible to put down thriller and The Package is no exception. A gripping read with a surprising twist, this one is not to be missed' Karin Slaughter.
'Sebastian Fitzek is simply amazing. I truly hope that one day I will be able to create suspense and plot twists in the way only Sebastian can. A true Master of his craft'
Chris Carter

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