The Final Nail

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Pub Date 07 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 07 Jul 2022
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'Breathlessly suspenseful, ingeniously plotted and impossible to put down' Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The epic, explosive Fabian Risk series concludes with this action-packed thriller from international number one bestseller Stefan Ahnhem.

He has extorted. He has abused. He has raped. He has sacrificed colleagues as a means to reach the top. His name is Kim Sleizner – and he works as a police chief in Copenhagen.

Dunja Hougaard used to work for Sleizner. Then she left the police force, traumatised by what he put her through. Dunja is determined to get revenge on her former boss – no matter how untouchable he appears. Now she's gone underground to investigate his past, and bring his crimes to the attention of the world.

When a high-ranking Danish intelligence officer and an unknown woman are found dead at the bottom of a lake outside Copenhagen, Dunja seizes her moment to set a trap for Sleizner. But then, just as it seems her case is solved, on the other side of the strait in Helsingborg, Sweden, detective Fabian Risk receives a message that changes everything...

Praise for The Final Nail:

'This is a must for Scandinoir fans.' Publishers Weekly
'Stefan Ahnhem writes so damn well, it’s as simple as that.' Katrine Engberg
'Holds his readers in a vice-like grip.' Jens Henrik Jensen
'100% thrills guaranteed.' Michael Katz Krefeld

Praise for Stefan Ahnhem:

'Atmospheric and complicated... with great cop characters and some imaginatively grisly perps.' Sunday Times
'Grips like a vice.' Irish Independent
'Epic in scale and ambition.' Daily Mail
'More gripping than Jo Nesbo.' Tony Parsons

'Breathlessly suspenseful, ingeniously plotted and impossible to put down' Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The epic, explosive Fabian Risk series concludes with this action-packed thriller from international...

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This book did not disappoint. Though by the end I had shed a few tears, it was page turning action with enough twists to surprise me. I'm already hoping for another one

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Thankyou to NetGalley, Head of Zeus and the author, Stefan Ahnhem, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The Final Nail, in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
Such a good read. Plenty of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. Very hard to put down.
Well worth a read.

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This book is number five of a series involving Detective Fabian Risk; a man who has been to hell and back. It's one of those books where the action grabs you immediately and never relents, which I love. I haven't read any of the previous books but that did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this work. There were plenty of recaps to ensure I knew who was who and what their back story was but it was cleverly done.

I love Scandinavian noir so this book fitted my reading taste straight away. The story does flit about a bit and, I thought, more than necessary but it is well written and flows well. A lot is going on though. It all comes together beautifully at the climax, however, to make a gripping and exciting ending.

I will look out for previous books in the series.

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The epic, sprawling Fabian Risk series concludes with this action-packed thriller. Addicted to this book… As soon as I started to read, I just knew that I wouldn’t be able to put the book down… One hell of a rollercoaster ride.

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Wow, I’m so glad that I came across this series. Stefan Ahnhem has done a fabulous job with this amazing story, it certainly grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. There are so many great characters, especially Fabian Risk, who’s been to hell and back. I don’t think Fabian’s wife and daughter are going to forgive him for talking his son Theodor into testifying in Denmark. He may not have had anything to do with the murder of the homeless people, but once he crossed the border Fabian didn’t have any control of what the outcome was going to be.
You could easily lose yourself between the pages of this fabulous book for many enjoyable hours. Hands down this story is well worth a read. 5/5 Star Rating.
Thank you to Head of Zeus and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book for an unbiased opinion.

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The 2000's have seen some terrific thrillers. There are a lot of talented writers. But, IMHO, the two who had the greatest debuts were Samuel Bjørk and Stefan Ahnhem. The latter gave us the fascinating Fabian Risk series. The Final Nail is, as the title suggests, the last chapter in the story which began in 2014 with Victim Without A Face. Throughout the series we've seen the face of evil in the form of Kim Sleizner. There aren't many characters as vile as him. That doesn't change in this exhilarating finale. Major characters like Dunja Hougaard are here too. In fact, her story shares center stage with the tragic tale of Fabian Risk. This proves to be a sensational send-off to the series. I can promise you it'll be missed. Thank you to Head of Zeus and NetGalley for the advance reading copy! #TheFinalNail #NetGalley.

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