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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781451640755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451640755
  • ASIN: 1451640757
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“How does one find two exceptionally--and genuinely--good people--and then protect them? The fear that question provokes--because what if there are no really good people left? Or what if there's no protection to offer the few who do remain?--is what makes this book so terrifyingly compelling. The answers it offers, however, make for a quietly inspiring read.”—Oprah.com

"With a rich brocade of charged emotion and a hero with grit and determination, The Last Good Man never disappoints. This one has everything I look for in a thriller--history, secrets, conspiracies, action, adventure, and international settings. Check this one out, you're going to love it."—Steve Berry, New York Times-bestselling author of The Amber Room and The Columbus Affair

"The Last Good Man is a vivid, powerfully written adventure, where religion and science are melded into an impassioned brew."—Juan Gómez-Jurado, author of The Moses Expedition and The Traitor’s Emblem

“Intense…. Moments of rapid-fire suspense… A truly compelling and worthwhile journey.”—Associated Press

“A mind blowing novel . . . with a spectacular ending.” —Pleine Vie (France)

“Breathtaking.”—Ekstra Bladet (Denmark)

“So tight and exciting that the pages fly through your fingers.”—Fredericia Dagblad (Denmark)

“The buzz thriller of the season.”—L’indépendant (France)

“A.J. Kazinski spins the web of suspense ever tighter, and the reader becomes irrevocably trapped in its web… An unbelievably good ending.”—Hamburger Abendblatt (Germany)

“A fast-paced, smartly plotted book … with a cast of lively and likable characters.”Kirkus

About the Author

A.J. Kazinski is the pseudonym of Anders Rønnow Klarlund and Jacob Weinreich. Klarlund is a director and screenwriter whose films include Strings, starring James McAvoy, and At the End of the World. Weinreich has published three novels for adults and more than twenty books for young adults. Both men live in Copenhagen with their families.

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Customer Reviews

This book is total nonsense.
Mya
I suppose the futility is part of the issue, but come on!!
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It is a good book to read on a plane.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) on March 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I won this book from Goodreads first readers giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

The Last Good Man is a thriller about 36 good people (the only ones standing in the way of evil) who are being eliminated around the world and the two policemen in different countries who are the only ones who believe what's going on: the main protagonist Niels in Copenhagen and Tommaso in Venice.

There are a lot of great things about this book. It's fast paced, well written, and the first half of the book makes mostly the right moves. There are secrets that are revealed that I am highly impressed by. Niels is a likeable protagonist and Hannah, the physicist, is also a compelling character that adds a high level of intelligence to the book.

There are some issues, which prevent me from giving this book five stars. The big reveal in the last third of the book was anticlimactic; previous surprises were much more impressive-- this surprise was easily figured out. I also wanted to hear more about Tommaso, who was the first person to believe there was a pattern to all of these deaths. How did he come up with this pattern? We only see glimpses, and then the rest is Niels trying to figure out what Tommaso has already figured out. Also, it seems kind of ridiculous that neither of them answer their cell phones for the first half of the book. And then, from there on, I was expecting... more. The ending just seems a letdown when the opening is so grand, so big. I was really anticipating a big conspiracy to reveal itself.

That said, I blazed through the book in a day. It was a fast, fun read, especially the first half of the book, and had some great characters.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian Baker VINE VOICE on April 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure how to categorize this book, in all honesty.

Theme: there are 36 "good men" spread around the world, and the survival of at least one of them is necessary for the continued existence of humanity. But of late, they seem to be dying off, the one common trait being that as they near death a huge mark starts to appear and develop on each of them, spreading from shoulder to shoulder on their backs.

A couple of cops, one in Copenhagen and one in Venice, have managed to tumble on to the fact that these deaths around the world are linked, and we follow them as they try to solve the mystery of these seemingly inexplicable events.

I found the book to be an interesting exploration of the meaning of "good" in human society; it was clearly an attempt to delve into this idea, with many spiritual and metaphysical aspects.

But it also had shortfalls as an allegory: ultimately, there was no real "reveal" of what was going on at the root of the issue. For a book exploring such a fundamental theme, it failed to actually take a position in the end. This was disappointing and frustrating.

Further, whether due to pacing or plotting, I think categorizing this book as a "thriller" was more a matter of pigeonholing and convenience than being an accurate description. Without going into plot reveals and spoilers it's hard to get real specific, but the term "thriller" in novels connotes elements to a story that were completely missing in this book.

Again... interesting, but if you get it with the idea you're going to be reading a traditional "thriller", I think you're going to be very disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In the Yonghegong Temple in Beijing, Ling the monk drops dead with an inflamed etching across his back. Italian police officer Tommaso di Barbara sends Giuseppe Locatelli to Suvarna Hospital in Mumbai to confirm what he expects with the death of economist Raj Bairoliya. The same thing had occurred in Hanoi and elsewhere. Tommaso believes someone is murdering humanitarians around the globe.

Stunned, Tommaso links thirty-four identical deaths of good people by a serial killer, which leads him to Jewish scripture of the pious thirty-six preventing the end of humanity. As the world climate summit comes to Copenhagen, Tommaso enlists Danish detective Niels Bentzon to help him save the last two standing. Niels finds nobody worthy until he obtains the help of grieving scientist Hannah Lund, who struggles with her son's suicide. She finds the pattern in which the last two homicides will occur in Venice and Copenhagen very soon.

Based on the Jewish belief of the thirty six righteous but unenlightened people who prevent the end of the world, The Last Good Man is an exhilarating thriller. The prime trio is fully developed with flaws and disbeliefs making them human. Their desperation to identify and keep safe the last two good people standing is fun to follow. Although the Jewish scripture of pre-determined chosen ones is fascinating, this insight slows down the pace of an otherwise exciting running out of time biblical doomsday countdown.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashland Mystery on July 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
So slap me, I enjoyed Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, and Kazinski's The Last Good Man even more so.

The mysteries of science and religion collide and slide together in perfect interlocking segments. It takes some brilliant thinking to even conceive of the scope of the mystery, and a mathematician to put together the pieces. But is it intuition or painstaking investigative work that carries the plot? Neither and both, certainly a pleasure to read this global thriller set in Copenhagen, Venice and places remote and mysterious.

Some wonderful philosophical thoughts - how to define a good man, the sacrifice of one to save many, ever lasting hope in the face of despair and loss.

Thanks Simon and Schuster for sending this advance readers copy of The Last Good Man, the first work from filmmaker Anders Ronnow Klarlund and author Jacob Weinreich, writing as AJ Kazinski. The work won the 2011 best first novel from The Danish Academy of Crime Fiction and the 2011 French Prix Relay.

I'll watch for more from this dynamic Danish duo, Klarlund and Weinreich.

--Ashland Mystery
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