The Last Good Man
The Last Good Man
Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781451640762, 467pp.
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
In Beijing, a monk collapses in his chamber, dead.
A fiery mark a tattoo? a burn? spreads across his back and down his spine. In Mumbai, a beloved economist dies suddenly. The same symbol appears. Similar deaths are reported around the world the victims all humanitarians, all with the same death mark. In Venice, a rogue Italian policeman links the deaths, tracing the evidence. Who is killing good people around the world?
In Copenhagen, the Interpol alert lands on the desk of veteran detective Niels Bentzon: Find the good people of Denmark and warn them. But Bentzon is a man who is trained to see the worst in humanity, not the good.
Just as Bentzon is ready to give up, he meets Hannah Lund, a brilliant astrophysicist mourning the death of her son. With Hannah's help, Bentzon begins to piece together the puzzle of these far-flung deaths. A pattern emerges a perfectly executed plan of murder. There have been thirty-four deaths two more to come if the legend is true. According to the pattern, Bentzon and Hannah can predict the time and place of the final two murders. The deaths will occur in Venice and Copenhagen. And the time is now.
Jens Peter Jacobsen (18471885) made his literary debut with the novella "Mogens" in 1872. Diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis two years later, he completed several more short stories and two novels.
Tiina Nunnally is the award-winning translator of numerous works of Scandinavian literature, including "Kristin Lavransdatter" (winner of the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize).
“Intense…. Moments of rapid-fire suspense.… A truly compelling and worthwhile journey.”--Associated Press
“A spectacular thriller.” --Library Journal (starred review)
"This one has everything I look for in a thriller--history, secrets, conspiracies, action, adventure, and international settings. Check this one outl; you're going to love it."--Steve Berry, New York Times-bestselling author of The Amber Room and The Columbus Affair
"A gripping, page-turning murder mystery with metaphysics."--Providence Journal