During World War II, two British pilots, James and Bryan, are shot down over Germany. They know that they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the Eastern Front. In a moment of desperation, they throw two patients off the train and take their places, hoping to escape later. Instead, they end up in the Alphabet House, a mental hospital located far behind enemy lines, where German doctors subject their patients to daily rounds of shock treatments and experimental drugs. Their only hope of survival is to fake insanity until the war ends. But soon James and Bryan realize they are not the only ones in the Alphabet House feigning madness.


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Jyllands-Posten (DK)
Extremely well-researched Danish thriller-debut of international standard.

Academy Award-winning producer Just Betzer
The best film I have ever read.

Publishing Trends (US/UK)
… hypnotic Hitchcock-film meets John Grisham thrill-ride.

Aftonbladet (SE)
One of the best that Jussi Adler-Olsen has ever written. His description of the grotesque misery of the patients in a mental hospital as a result of the war is touching and harrowing at the same time. (DK)
With The Alphabet House Jussi Adler-Olsen has written a great thriller. The story is interesting, and I was deeply moved by the fate of the two pilots fate. It is obvious that thorough research is behind the story (…) Jussi Adler-Olsen is perhaps best known for his  novels on Department Q”, but make sure not to miss The Alphabet House!

Kurier, Wien (Aus)
A crazy film to read.

NDR, Kultur, Neue Bücher (DE)
The top-notch from the Scandinavian high tension genre.

Die Welt, Literarische Welt (DE)
For fans of Adler-Olsen, this year could hardly come off to a better start than with this book.

Der Standard (DE)
This debut from the Danish writer is just as complex as his latters bestselling crime stories, yet just as gripping.

Oliver Greiff Johnsen, Adresseavisenknall thriller.” Adresseavisen (NO)
What a debut! Even here the Danish thriller king showed that he was destined for something big (…) a roaring thriller.