Author(s): Lotte Hammer, Soren Hammer
On a cold Monday morning before school begins, two children make a gruesome discovery. Hanging from the roof of the school gymnasium are the bodies of five naked and heavily disfigured men. Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen and his team from the Murder Squad in Copenhagen are called in to investigate this horrific case - the men hanging in a geometric pattern; the scene so closely resembling a public execution. When the identities of the five victims and the disturbing link between them is leaked to the press, the sinister motivation behind the killings quickly becomes apparent to the police. Up against a building internet campaign and even members of his own team, Simonsen finds that he must battle public opinion and vigilante groups in his mission to catch the killers. A nerve-wrenching look at justice and retribution, The Hanging is a spectacular crime tale straight from the heart of Scandinavia.
The first in an exciting new six-part crime series, international bestseller The Hanging is an explosive introduction to the dark world of Copenhagen police investigator Konrad Simonsen
The best Danish crime fiction in years. We are already looking forward to the next book in the series Lars Kepler Outstanding crime thriller ... Everything works in this dark Scandinavian procedural - the intelligent and complex plot, the fallible lead, and the atmospheric prose Publishers Weekly An intricate, pacy read Woman & Home A spine-tingling plot Tatler Delicately crafted, and supremely atmospheric - it is little wonder that the film rights have been sold Daily Mail Much praised by Nordic crime fiction aficionados ... This serious, complex novel raises disturbing issues The Times Terrific piece of Nordic noir ... A rattle-paced, twisty thriller ... I can't wait for the next in the series Saga Enough twists and turns for even the most fervent of thriller fans ... A fine first effort which has already proved an international bestseller -- Roddy Brooks Irish Examiner
Lotte and Soren Hammer are a sister and brother from Denmark. Younger sister Lotte worked as a nurse after finishing her training in 1977 and her brother Soren was a trained teacher and a lecturer at the Copenhagen University College of Engineering. After Soren moved into the house where Lotte lived with her family in 2004 they began writing crime novels together. To date, they have written four books in this series. The Hanging is the first.