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The Fire Witness


Joona Linna No. 3

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.

A singular sensation within the crime fiction world and a No. 1 international bestseller, The Fire Witness is the third installment in the explosive series about Detective Inspector Joona Linna.

The Fire Witness was the most sold crime novel in Sweden of 2011.


Published: 2011

Pages: 561

“[The Fire Witness] is a knockout example of the thoughtful plotting and character development, genius investigation, and unflinching examination of human evil common in Scandinavian crime fiction. But it’s the mixture of relaxed, witty dialogue and raging action scenes that will draw American readers who believe the Scandinavian subgenre is too moody for their taste.”
Booklist *Starred Review*, US
“A rich, nuanced tale, ideal for beach reading, just as long as the beach doesn’t harbor too many shadows.”
Kirkus Reviews, US
“Haunting /.../ Refuses to let go.”
Publishers Weekly, US
“Indeed, any reader expecting to read a chapter of The Fire Witness before bed will find himself still reading at sunrise. It is one of those rare novels that is truly is difficult to put down. /.../ The best crime novel features a multitude of puzzles within puzzles. The Fire Witness is one of the best.”
New York Journal of Books, US
“The Fire Witness is intelligently plotted and much better written than most thrillers in this genre. It rattles along at a terrific pace for 500 pages, never letting up for a moment. /.../ Scandi noir at its best.”
Evening Standard, UK
“It’s like falling in a violent stream, you get caught up and can hardly breathe.”
Dagens Nyheter, Sweden
“This is high quality crime fiction, so excellently carried out that it can be recommended both for readers who like to unravel puzzles and readers who long for loads of chilling action.”
Verdens Gang, Norway
“The unveiling of this heart of darkness in the middle of Sweden is masterfully executed, and literally begs for an adaptation directed by someone in the league of Scorsese.”
Aftenposten, Norway
“Fast paced, gruesome and haunting /…/ [The Fire Witness is] not for sensitive readers, and do keep your lights on while you read!”
DV, Iceland
“[The Fire Witness] is a must-read for Nordic Noir enthusiasts.”
Vecernje Novosti, Serbia