One morning before school, two children find the naked bodies of five men hanging from the gym ceiling. The case leads detective Konrad Simonsen and his murder squad to the school janitor, who may know more about the killings than he is telling. Soon, Simonsen realizes that each of the five murdered men had a dark and terrible secret in common. And when Simonsen’s own daughter is targeted, he must race to find the culprit before his whole world is destroyed.
Published in twenty countries around the world, with more than 150,000 copies sold in Denmark alone, this book introduces a brother and sister duo who have taken the thriller world by storm. Fast-paced, suspenseful, and brilliantly written, The Hanging is a stunning crime novel from Lotte and Soren Hammer, two Danish authors whose international fame is exploding.
“Enthralling, pacey, and intricately plotted, The Hanging kept me on the edge of my seat and illuminated a dark corner of Danish society.” —Denise Hamilton, Edgar finalist, nationally bestselling author and editor of Los Angeles Noir
International praise for The Hanging:
“Spectacular . . . An outstanding writing achievement.” —Vejle Amts Folkeblad
“One of the most ambitious Danish crime novels in ages.” —Kristeligt Dagblad
“An extremely well-designed crime debut.”—Jyllands-Posten
“Thought-provoking and a really good read.” —Helsingor Dagblad
“An unfailing and genuine crime debut.” —Politiken
About the Author
LOTTE AND SOREN HAMMER are siblings. The Hanging is the first in a series following Detective Konrad Simonsen and his team from the murder squad. They live in Frederiksværk, Denmark.