The Fire Witness

The Fire Witness

Book - 2013
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Detective Inspector Joona Linna, under internal review by the National Police for an alleged infraction, is on leave to solve some troubling personal business when he is called in to "observe" the investigation of a gruesome and strange murder at Birgittagarden, a youth home for wayward teenage girls.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2013.
ISBN: 9780771095689
Characteristics: 497 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jan 24, 2019

The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler was first published in 2011 and has been published again in November 2018 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. Lars Kepler in the pseudonym used by married couple Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril. This is #3 in their Joona Linna series and it can easily stand alone if you have not read the previous books. However, this series is so intense that readers will enjoy reading everything by Lars Kepler. Joona Linna is a troubled detective in Sweden. He is called upon to observe the investigation of a double murder which takes place at a home for troubled teenage girls. A resident and a caretaker have been killed and a missing girl is believed to have committed the crimes. The detective is approached by a medium who claims to have been visited by the ghost of the murdered girl and Linna is intrigued by this. The story develops quickly but nothing is as it seems. This suspenful read will appeal to readers who enjoy murder mysteries with a twist.

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) OK but not outstanding. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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!

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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