The Collector (A Kaldan and Scháfer Mystery #2) (Paperback)

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Other Books in Series

This is book number 2 in the A Kaldan and Scháfer Mystery series.


For fans of Katrine Engberg and Lars Kepler, the second chilling novel in Anne Mette Hancock’s #1 bestselling Danish crime series is a psychological whirlwind that explores the nature of truth and what it means when we can no longer trust what we know to be real.

When 10-year-old Lukas disappears from his Copenhagen school, police investigators discover that the boy had a peculiar obsession with pareidolia—a phenomenon that makes him see faces in random things. A photo on his phone posted just hours before his disappearance shows an old barn door that resembles a face. Journalist Heloise Kaldan thinks she recognizes the barn—but from where?

When Luke’s blood-flecked jacket is found in the moat at Copenhagen’s Citadel, DNA evidence points to Thomas Strand, an ex-soldier suffering from severe PTSD. But then Strand turns up dead in his apartment, shot in the head execution style.

What did the last person to see Lukas really witness that morning in the school yard? Was it really Lukas, or an optical illusion? Can you ever truly trust your eyes?

About the Author

Anne Mette Hancock made her debut as an author in 2017 with The Corpse Flower. This poignant suspense novel debuted at #1 on the Danish bestseller charts. She was awarded the Danish Crime Academy's debutant prize and was named Author of the Year in Demark.

Praise For…

Praise for The Collector:
“Gripping, endearing, dark, and funny, Anne Mette Hancock has written the best series I've read this year. Kaldan and Schafer are my new favorite crime-solving duo. Highly recommended.”
—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“[A] tense sequel . . . [Hancock] does a good job portraying her leads’ complex motivations. Scandi noir fans will want to stay tuned.”
Publishers Weekly

“A suitably nightmarish snap . . . reads like top-line American procedurals.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Intricate, well-constructed suspense, with a sophisticated premise.”
New York Journal of Books

“A fantastic psychological thriller . . . Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French.”
Seattle Book Review

“Realistic and entertaining . . . readers will gladly jump into again.”
First Clue

Praise for The Corpse Flower:

“Structurally flawless.”
The Washington Post

“If you enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you will thoroughly enjoy this [Danish]  thriller full of action, family secrets, and intrigue.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune, Recommended Reads

“Scandinavian noir at its noirest. It’s hard, maybe unthinkable, to imagine how Hancock will follow it up.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“[A] gripping debut . . . Assured prose matches the intricate plot. Hancock is off to a strong start.”
Publishers Weekly

 “A cat-and-mouse race against a killer.”
—Jules Herbert, B&N Reads

“This book has a little bit of everything. If you enjoy Scandinavian crime stories, you will definitely want to check [it] out.”
—San Francisco Book Review, 5-star review

“Hancock writes with a razor-sharp pen, wittily and with originality. I simply adore her books.”
—Katrine Engberg, #1 international bestselling author of The Tenant and The Butterfly House

“A guaranteed page-turner.”
—Emelie Schepp, international bestselling author of the Jana Berzelius series

"Anne Mette Hancock has written a killer book. This one has it all—a great story, compelling characters, and a page-turning plot."
—Harry Hunsicker, author of The Devil’s Country and former executive vice-president of the Mystery Writers of America

“Absolutely wonderful. Superbly constructed and totally enthralling.”
—Helene Tursten, author of Snowdrift

“Anne Mette Hancock, newcomer to the Nordic thriller, has a lot of talent.”
Elle France
Product Details
ISBN: 9781639104796
ISBN-10: 1639104798
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: A Kaldan and Scháfer Mystery