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WINNER OF THE GLASS KEY AWARD previous winners include Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Karin Fossum, Stieg Larsson and Arnaldur Indridason
WINNER OF THE DANISH DEBUTANT AWARD
WINNER OF THE HARALD MOGENSEN PRIZE
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A car is found on a deserted beach on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura. On the back seat lies a cardboard box containing the body of a small boy buried in newspaper cuttings. No one knows his name, and there is no trace of a driver. The last thing an ailing tourist resort needs is a murder, and the police are desperate to close the case.
The island is rife with rumours about the reclusive Erhard. Two decades of self-imposed exile from his wife and children have left him alienated and alone, whiling away his days in a drunken haze, driving an old taxi to get by. This unlikeliest of detectives determines to solve the crime himself and he has nothing to lose. But how can one old man, cut off from the modern world, solve a murder whose dangerous web of deceit stretches far beyond the small island? And what if the killer forces Erhard to confront his own long-buried past?
Thomas Rydahl has translated Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Outliers into Danish. The Hermit is his first novel. He lives in Fredensborg, Denmark.
K.E. Semmel is a writer and translator who has received numerous grants from the Danish Arts Foundation for his work. A 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellow, he lives in Milwaukee, WI.