Danish writer and producer, internationally best known for creating the sensational TV series The Killing and for the outstanding debut crime fiction novel The Chestnut Man.


Søren Sveistrup was born in 1968 and grew up on the little island of Thurø, just outside Svendborg in the south of Denmark. He obtained a Master in Literature and History from the University of Copenhagen and studied screenwriting at the Danish Film School. Eventually he joined the Danish television and wrote several TV-shows for them, including The Killing, which won various international awards and sold in more than a hundred countries. Sveistrup has also written the screenplay for Jo Nesbø‘s The Snowman. In 2018 he published his first Scandi Noir novel set in Copenhagen, The Chestnut man, which became an immediate success and was awarded best Danish debut of the year.


The Chestnut man
Translated by Caroline Waight
Original title: Kastanjemanden (2018)
In a playground in a quiet Copenhagen suburb a woman is found dead with one hand cut off.
Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.
Young detective Naia Thulin and burned-out investigator Mark Hess are assigned the case, but they soon discover another woman has been brutally murdered. This time both her hands have been cut off. And there is another chestnut figure.
Thulin and Hess soon suspect that these murdered women are connected to the missing daughter of Rosa Hartung, the Minister for Social Affairs, and they have to work against the clock to stop the killer from striking again.