The Hermit

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Pages: 480
Subject: Fiction, Translated Fiction
Imprint: Point Blank

The Hermit

Thomas Rydahl

Translated by K.E. Semmel
The much hyped prize-winning Scandi Noir… set on the tropical beaches of Fuerteventura


9781786071125 (4 May 2017)
RRP £8.99 / US$14.99

The Book

WINNER OF THE GLASS KEY AWARD - previous winners include Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Karin Fossum, Stieg Larsson and Arnaldur Indridason

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?

Winner of the prestigious Glass Key Award and an instant bestseller in Denmark, The Hermit is taking the international publishing world by storm. Acutely observed and psychologically penetrating, this is existential noir at its finest.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction, Translated Fiction
Pages 480
Imprint Point Blank


About the Author

THOMAS RYDAHL is a writer and translator. The Hermit is his debut novel and was awarded the Danish Debutant Award, the first time in the award's history that it has gone to a thriller. The Hermit has since gone on to win the prestigious Glass Key Award for the best Nordic crime novel and the Harald Mogensen Prize for the best Danish crime novel. Thomas lives with his wife and daughter in Fredensborg, Denmark.

K. E. SEMMEL is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in Ontario Review, Washington Post, World Literature Today and elsewhere. He is a recipient of numerous grants from the Danish Arts Foundation and is a 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellow. He lives in Milwaukee, America.


‘A humane and appealing protagonist and plenty of local colour make this an engrossing and enjoyable read.'

- Guardian

‘A delightfully innovative whodunnit…dark good humour, imagination and originality.'

- The Times

‘A dark and complex tale of murder.' 

- Independent

‘Original and compelling.'

- Sunday Times

‘Stunningly conceived and expertly executed.'

- Publishers Weekly

‘Poetic...and bold.'

- Times Literary Supplement

‘One of the most distinctive detectives you will meet this year… nothing less than excellent.'

- Politiken

‘A hard-boiled and heart-breaking thriller [with] the year's most surprising detective…Riveting.'

- Solkysten

‘Completely unique and incredibly ambitious.'


- Jyllands-Posten

‘Wow! It will knock you off your feet.'

- Go’morgen Danmark

‘Innovative…impossible to put down.'


‘Unique…Is [Rydahl] the new star of Danish crime?'

- Frk. Bogorm

‘Adds something new to the Nordic noir palette…compelling.'


- Reviewing the Evidence

‘A wonderful crime novel, full of charm.'


‘Reminiscent of the classic crime novels of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, The Hermit offers readers a gripping story filled with quirky characters and a complex plot. But the book isn't just a pulp fiction murder mystery; it's a tale of loneliness and the essential need for human connection.'

- Democrat & Chronicle

‘Remarkable...a flawless, immaculate piece of work.'

- Weekendavisen