According to Jewish legend, there are 36 righteous people on Earth at any given time. Without them, humanity would perish. But the 36 do not know they are the chosen ones, and many are dying. A monk in Beijing, an economist in Mumbai, a glassmaker in Venice and more have all perished under bizarre circumstances, with strange marks on their backs.
Veteran Danish detective Niels Bentzon is called to investigate. He’s ready to dismiss the assignment - but then he meets Hannah, a brilliant astrophysicist mourning the death of her son. Together, they piece together the puzzle of these far-flung deaths, and a pattern emerges. Thirty-four have died, and only Bentzon and Hannah can predict the time and place of the final two.
“A provocative thriller - somewhere between Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson.” (Danish Library Review)
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I shouldl have known
A good idea, but...
This is the classic case of a good story idea that did not pan out. The problems are all left unresolved. Instead of ending, this story just stopped dead in its tracks.
I like Simon Vance; he is always good.
There is no point to having anything about the protagonist's wife in the book at all; she is just used to look up one of the murder sites and none of the marriage issues or travel issues is resolved at all.