The Fire Witness

The Fire Witness

A Novel

Book - 2013 | First American ed
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Flora Hansen calls herself a medium and makes a living by pretending to commune with the dead. But after a gruesome murder at a rural home for wayward girls, Hansen begins to suffer visions that are all too real. She calls the police, claiming to have seen a ghost, but ony one detective puts aside his skepticism long enough to listen: Joona Linna. Linna has spent more time at the scene of the crime than any other detective would. The case seems obvious on the face of it: one of the girls at the home escaped in the middle of the night, leaving behind a bloody bed with a hammer under the pillow. But why does Hansen insist that the murder instrument was a stone, not a hammer?
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2013
Edition: First American ed
ISBN: 9780374298661
Branch Call Number: F KEPLE-L
Characteristics: 497 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wideburg, Laura A. - Translator
Alternative Title: Eldvittnet. English


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Jul 26, 2017

As usual, a great book from Kepler. Lots of twists. What else can one say?

Dec 10, 2016

(The third book in the Detective Inspector Joona Linna series) SERIES: 4. The Sandman (2014) - AVAILABLE THRU MNLINK
5. Stalker (2016) - AVAILABLE THRU MNLINK
6. The Rabbit Hunter (2017)

Sep 04, 2015

The only thing this book has going for it is suspense. The writing is awful, the characters cliche. One super cop and everyone else is really stupid, leaning towards nasty and the women pathetic. The storyline for the most part jumps from one point of ridiculousness to the next.

Mar 11, 2014

This could have been much better with a talented translator and a skilled editor. As it is, you'll need to suspend logic and be prepared for nonsensical dialogue. Other than all that, compelling enough for me to finish it.

Oct 31, 2013

Kepler keeps the Joona Linna series going with this intriguing story that mixes runaway girls, mediums and detective procedure in the most interesting way. The writing style makes the most unpalatable circumstances readable; as a matter of fact, their books are hard to put down. I hope there is more to come from this husband/wife writing team from Sweden.

Oct 11, 2013

Riveting! My favorite so far in the series!
Can't wait for the next book!

Aug 19, 2013

Addictive! Well told story with well developed characters and ideas. The end is a huge cliffhanger about what will happen next that could turn very tragic very quickly. Looking forward to it, but also nervous!

LynnMc Aug 05, 2013

The best of the series so far! Just when I thought I had it figured out, the author threw another curve ball. I hope the next book in the Joona Linna series comes out soon. I didn't want this story to end.

Jul 15, 2013

these authors books are riveting. There may be implausible sections but hey! this is fiction and the authors can twists or omit any parts they want. It's still impossible for me to put one of their books down and neglect all the things I should be doing.


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