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A murder at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, bears a close resemblance to one in Trondheim, Norway. The corpse of the museum curator in Virginia is found flayed in his office by the cleaning staff; the corpse of an archivist at the library in Norway, is found inside a locked vault used to store delicate and rare books. Richmond homicide detective Felicia Stone and Trondheim police inspector Odd Singsaker find themselves working on similar murder cases, committed the same way, but half a world away. And both murders are somehow connected to a sixteenth century palimpsest book—The Book of John—which appears to be a journal of a serial murderer back in 1529 Norway, a book bound in human skin.

A runaway bestseller in Norway, Jørgen Brekke’s Where Monsters Dwell has since sold to over fourteen countries. Where Monsters Dwell is the most awaited English language crime fiction debut in years.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An addictive, suspenseful present-day crime thriller peppered with expertly-researched historic chapters—is it any wonder I loved this book?”

    Raymond Khoury, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Templar

  • “History pulses with life and excitement in this chilling and foreboding read. Jørgen Brekke delivers what thriller readers crave, or at least what this thriller reader craves—action, history, secrets, conspiracies, and international settings. Couldn’t ask for anything more.”

    Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The King’s Deception

  • “Engrossing…this mystery is perfectly grim without being bleak and is a welcome addition to the popular ‘Nordic noir’ subgenre.”

    Library Journal

  • “The buildup to each murder is extraordinarily well done and almost unbearably suspenseful.”


  • “Brekke’s big-boned debut thriller, spanning two continents and 500 years, delves into the unholy connections between a pair of monstrous killings in Norway and the US…While the two sorely tried cops toil on unaware of the big break that will bring Felicia to Trondheim, Brekke provides increasingly disturbing flashbacks to the creation of the Johannes Book, a sixteenth-century collection of aphorisms and medical information bound in human skin, which figures in both murders. The sleuths are sympathetic and the atmosphere suitably sinister…Grim and tense.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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