Publication Date: 11/08/2016 ISBN: 9781784975500 Category:

Victim Without A Face

Stefan Ahnhem

Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 11/08/2016 ISBN: 9781784975500 Category:
Paperback / Softback




A sensational debut thriller from a master storyteller. A KILLER WITH A MESSAGE.
Two men have been murdered. Both of them were school bullies when they were younger. Plenty of people would have wanted them dead. A single clue has been found at the scene: a class photo from 1982, with two faces neatly crossed out.

Fabian Risk is the lead detective on the case. He’s also one of the children in the photograph. As more people die, and more faces are crossed out, it becomes clear that a serial killer is targeting old classmates one by one. Fabian Risk thought he’d left his schooldays behind… Now he must confront his past if he is to find the killer before it’s too late.

VICTIM WITHOUT A FACE is both a high voltage thriller and a fearless exploration of the darkest side of human nature. To enter Stefan Ahnhem’s world, with its interwoven plotlines and sprawling cast of characters, is to put yourself in the hands of a master storyteller.


‘Atmospheric and complicated […] with great cop characters and some imaginatively grisly perps’ Sunday Times (star pick).

‘More gripping than Jo Nesbo, blacker than Stieg Larsson and more bleakly human than Henning Mankell’ Tony Parsons.

‘Epic in scale and ambition’ Daily Mail.

‘An intense journey, with an intricate plot … Ahnhem has mastered atmosphere, pacing and intrigue’ Crime Review.

‘Masterly plotting, grisly murders and chilling suspense: Stefan Ahnhem keeps the threads of this complex, two-country narrative pulled tense’ Better Reading.

Publisher Review

'An exciting thriller ... Each chapter is left on a cliff-hanger and with interesting characters that make us care, we need to know what happens to them' Gazette and Herald (Yorkshire). 'A gripping, tense and sinister thriller, with the dark and chilling atmosphere characteristic of the Nordic Noir genre. It is a disturbing, thought-provoking and genuinely scary story that left me double checking the door lock before I went to bed! ... A superb example of a Nordic Noir/Scandi crime thriller' Curious Ginger Cat. 'Gripping, surprising and tense' Crime Review. 'Fast paced, gripping, gruesome and thrilling - I really enjoyed it and I will definitely be looking out for the next Fabian Risk book' The Book Magnet (5 star review). 'A superb and compelling read' Army Rumour Service Blog. 'Grabs you from the very first page and refuses to let you go' Michael Hjort and Hans Rosenfeldt. 'The next Swedish thriller king' Crimetime Award Jury. 'Full of surprise, suspense, and the shadows of the past. I read it in one sitting' Ake Edwardson. 'Recalls Mankell at his best in its whip-smart observations, flawed but endearing characters and gruesome appeal' Sunday Times Crime Club. 'It's a better class of murder in Sweden ... Epic in scale and ambition, this announces a new arrival in the Swedish crime galaxy' Daily Mail.

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