By Anne Mette Hancock

Journalist Heloise Kaldan is in the middle of a nightmare: Her source has been caught lying and the newspaper is buzzing with activity. In the midst of all the drama Heloise receives a mysterious letter from the wanted murderess Anna Kiel.

Police officer Erik Schäfer has just gotten the first lead in years as to the whereabouts of Anna Kiel when the journalist who wrote about the case is found dead in his flat. Has Anna Kiel struck again, or is there more than one killer out there? And, why does every lead in the case point to Heloise Kaldan? Could her life be in danger?
The Corpse Flower is a powerful suspense novel about revenge, justice and forgiveness.This is the first book in an exciting new crime series written by Anne Mette Hancock.

The Corpse Flower landed on the prestigious SPIEGEL’s bestseller list in the first week of publication, climbing all the way to top 2 after only two weeks and holding that position”

First published by Lindhardt & Ringhof in 2017

Czech, Albatros Media
Denmark, Lindhardt & Ringhof
Estonia, Rahva Raamat
Finland, Bazar Kustannus
France, Albin Michel
Germany, Fischer Verlag
Iceland, Forlagið
Italy, Giunti Editore
The Netherlands, Prometheus
Norway, Vigmostad & Bjørke
Poland, Kobiece
Russia, Eksmo
Slovenia, Mladinska Knijga Zalozba
Spain, RBA Libros
Sweden, LB Förlag
US/UK, Crooked Lane

“If you enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you will thoroughly enjoy this Danish thriller full of action, family secrets, and intrigue.”
– San Diego Tribune, Recommended Reads

“Hancock writes with a razor-sharp pen, wittily and with originality. I simply adore her books.”
– Katrine Engberg, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Tenant and The Butterfly House

“[A] gripping debut . . . Assured prose matches the intricate plot. Hancock is off to a strong start.”
Publishers Weekly

“Anne Mette Hancock, newcomer to the Nordic thriller, has a lot of talent.”
Elle France

“Scandinavian noir at its noirest. It’s hard, maybe unthinkable, to imagine how Hancock will follow it up.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“The end of the novel is remarkable, moving, incredible, hard …. One turns the pages faster and faster and you really have to read the last sentence to release the tension and finally feel a feeling …. (I let you write the adjective that will come to your mind) For me, this novel is a very beautiful discovery.”

“Breathes life into old genre-clichées”
Jyllands posten

“A guaranteed page-turner.”
– Emelie Schepp, author of the Jana Berzelius Series

“Can most assuredly hold her ground against a number of Swedish and Danish crime queens”
–  Berlingske

“Absolutely wonderful. Superbly constructed and totally enthralling.”
– Helene Tursten, author of Snowdrift

“Classica femi-crime with equal parts lifestyle and suspense”

“Inresting and captivating […] insanely well-written”

“I felt captivated from the start, not for a second did I consider putting the book away. It is insanely exciting and bang on debut. I look forward to the next one in the series.”

“Anne Mette Hancock has written a killer book. This one has it all—a great story, compelling characters, and a page-turning plot. Don’t miss The Corpse Flower.”
– Harry Hunsicker, author of The Devil’s Country and former executive vice-president of the Mystery Writers of America

“Insanely suspenseful […] very impressive debut!”
Cilles læsesal

“Likblomman really stands out with a personal, hard-boiled style and Kaldan and Schäfer deviate early from what you’d believe to be the predictable path.”
– Skånska Dagbladet

”I can confirm, it’s thrilling, super thrilling. [..] Suspenseful crime novel that is captivating and well written”
– Sandras_bokinspo (Instagram)

“The lively painted characters are engaging the readers’ sympathy or aversion. Step by step we learn important details and the author puts together a coherent picture.”
– Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Emmanuel van Stein

“What makes this crime novel so special is the amalgamation of personal fates with the failures and the looking away of the authorities.”
– freundin

“Anne Mette Hancock has composed a truly suspenseful mystery with elegant twists and intriguing characters.”
 Bielefelder. Das Stadtmagazin

Shortlisted for the Petrona Award 2023, UK