Where Monsters Dwell aka Where Evil Lies
St. Martin’s Press
A brutal murder in Norway, a murder in Virginia—both connected to sixteenth century palimpsest of a serial murderer’s confession
A murder at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, bears a close resemblance to one in Trondheim, Norway. The corpse of the museum curator in Virginia is found flayed in his office by the cleaning staff; the corpse of an archivist at the library in Norway, is found inside a locked vault used to store delicate and rare books. Richmond homicide detective Felicia Stone and Trondheim police inspector Odd Singsaker find themselves working on similar murder cases, committed the same way, but half a world away. And both murders are somehow connected to a sixteenth century palimpsest book—The Book of John—which appears to be a journal of a serial murderer back in 1529 Norway, a book bound in human skin.
A runaway bestseller in Norway, Where Monsters Dwell has since sold to over fourteen countries. Where Monsters Dwell is the most awaited English language crime fiction debut in years.
Read the first 5 chapters.
This was an exciting, challenging and satisfying read. I had to push myself past the gore to enjoy this excellent work of crime fiction that was steeped in history. This book has it all – complex plot full of twists and surprises, very likable main characters that ultimately you want to know more about, settings that cross oceans and time lines and treachery, murder, and mystery wrapped up in a Scandinavian police procedural.
Add to these elements a skilful delivery, and an author who is great wordsmith who isn’t afraid to reveal he has a has a dry sense of humour; Singsaker asks his boss/colleagues “Are there any experts on serial crimes here in Norway?” The reply from Jensen: “We do have that cop in Oslo. I don’t remember his name. He solved a serial case in Australia in the nineties. I heard he’s turned into a drunk since then.” BRILLIANT! I look forward to reading more by this author.