The Guardian Angel

Rights sold:

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)

DENMARK: Hr. Ferdinand

ITALY: Edizioni Piemme S.p.a

PORTUGAL: Planeta Manuscrito Unipessoal Lda.

SERBIA: Vulkan

Original title: The Guardian Angel - Suojelusenkeli

Authors: Kevin Frazier, Arto Halonen

Published: 2018

Publisher: WSOY

Genre: Crime & Suspense

Pages: 300

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True crime meets psychological suspense in a gripping thriller about hypnosis murders in post-war Copenhagen.

The Guardian Angel, which is based on true events, is about a bizarre double murder that shook Copenhagen in the 1950s. Palle Hardrup, a former Nazi collaborator recently released from prison, walks into a bank, demands money and shoots two employees point blank. The police catch the man in no time, but according to the witnesses, he acted in a trance-like state. Inspector Anders Olsen’s suspicions are aroused: what if the man was operating under hypnosis – and what if the real killer is still at large?

The novel combines the genres of true crime and psychological thriller, against the atmospheric backdrop of post-war society in Copenhagen. The story of the singular crime committed under hypnosis mirrors also modern-day issues of manipulation and psychological effects of the new technology.

The book has been written alongside the feature film, a Finnish-Danish-Croatian co-production, which premiers internationally on 9 March 2018, starring Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones), Josh Lucas (A Beautiful Mind) and Rade Serbedzija (Downton Abbey).

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Kevin Frazier

Kevin Frazier is a novelist, nonfiction writer, essayist and reviewer who lives in Helsinki. Previous collaborations between Halonen and Frazier include the award-winning Shadow of the Holy Book.

Bibliography


Kevin Frazier

The Guardian Angel

2018, Crime & Suspense


Arto Halonen

Arto Halonen is a film director and screenwriter, known for his strong socially-conscious stance towards his subjects. He is one of the few people in the world who have ever interviewed the killer Palle Hardrup.

Bibliography


Arto Halonen

The Guardian Angel

2018, Crime & Suspense