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The silent, snow-covered streets of Oslo are a perfect scene of Christmas tranquillity. But over the tolling of bells for the last Sunday of Advent, a black note sounds. A boy's body washes up near the shoreline of the city's Aker Bridge. His corpse is bloated by the water, almost unrecognisable. Nobody has even bothered to report him missing.One week later, the bishop of Bergen is found stabbed to death on a deserted street. Eva Karin Lysgaard is a popular public figure, a sixty-two year-old grandmother: why was she on a lone errand in the deserted city, on the night before Christmas?Johanne Vik, criminal researcher and police profiler, is called in to untangle the motivation behind the bishop's murder. But with her husband at the head of this increasingly high-profile investigation, Vik's association with the case is under intense scrutiny. And why does Lysgaard's shocking death lead her towards the sad death of an unknown boy?
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5 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDE - 'Anne Holt is the Godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction' Jo Nesbo 'Holt is Scandinavia's answer to Val McDermid, writing dark and unsettling crime with more than a little wire in its blood.' Evening Standard

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Anne Holt is one of Scandinavia's most successful crime writers. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Riverton Prize (Rivertonprisen) and the Booksellers' Prize (Bokhandlerprisen). She is the former Minister of Justice for Norway, and has worked as a police attorney, lawyer, TV news editor and anchor, media consultant and journalist.

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Anne Holt is the Godmother of Norwegian crime fiction. -- Jo Nesbo Lively, unusual and persuasive. Holt writes with the command we have come to expect from the top Scandinavian writers. * The Times * Anne Holt is a thriller writer of the highest order. -- Liza Marklund Step aside, Stieg Larsson, Holt is the queen of Scandinavian crime thrillers. * Red Magazine *

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