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The House That Jack Built

Written by Jakob Melander

Translated by Paul Russell Garrett

Series Title: A Lars Winkler Novel

  • 304 Pages
  • 9781770895133
  • FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General



Publication Date June 27, 2014

The first book in the crime series featuring Lars Winkler: loner, dad, former squatter, and drug addict — and the most dedicated detective in Copenhagen.

A young prostitute is found murdered at the common in Copenhagen. The woman’s body has been preserved and her eyes removed with surgical precision. Not long after, another body is discovered treated in the exact same manner. The press quickly names the spectacular case the Sandman Killings.

Detective Inspector Lars Winkler is put on the case. With an addiction to classical rock music and the odd line of speed, Lars is struggling to get his life back together, mostly with his sixteen-year-old daughter, Maria, who lives with him in his rundown apartment. His wife has left him for his old friend and former boss. Meanwhile, the atmosphere in the Homicide and Serious Crime Department is tense. Despite support from his new young partner, Sanne Bissen, Lars feels edged out. While tracking Copenhagen’s most sadistic serial killer to date, his past — which has long been kept secret — is slowly catching up to him.


Jakob Melander
Jakob Melander was born in 1965. He entered the eighties punk scene as a bass player and guitar player in various bands. He lives in Copenhagen.

Paul Russell Garrett