The film and television world has had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the novel: the screen gets a story, the printed word gets a boost in sales. The author of the just-released crime thriller “The Chestnut Man” took a bit of a new approach to the book-and-moving-image connection. Søren Sveistrup is the creator and writer of the acclaimed TV show, “The Killing” (the original Danish version that properly wrapped up the primary crime in the first season as promised, not the frustrating American adaptation that decided to overextend the mystery). While Sveistrup has written for television for nearly twenty years, “The Chestnut Man” is his first novel.
The book centers around the hunt for a serial killer in Copenhagen who manages to make murder even creepier by leaving little hand-carved dolls made from matchsticks and chestnuts at the crime scene. Sveistrup has successfully translated his ability to keep you watching into an ability to keep you turning pages, with dive-right-in action and twisty, intricate plot lines. And just to add to the screen-loves-print saga, the book is already being adapted by Netflix as their second Danish-produced series.
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