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Victim Without a Face

(The first book in the Fabian Risk series)
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A sensational debut thriller from a master storyteller.
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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"An evil story full of surprise and suspense, and talking place in the shadows of the past. I read it in one sitting." - Åke Edwardson

"My god this grabs. It has hands. Truly." - Caroline Kepnes

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

"Grabs you from the very first page and refuses to let you go." - Hjorth & Rosenfeldt

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