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The Last Good Man

The Last Good Man

A Novel

Translated by: Tiina Nunnally
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In Beijing, a monk collapses in his chamber , dead.

A fiery mark—a tattoo? a burn?—spreads across his back and down his spine. In Mumbai, a beloved economist dies suddenly. The same symbol appears. Similar deaths are reported around the world—the victims all humanitarians, all with the same death mark. In Venice, a rogue Italian policeman links the deaths, tracing the evidence. Who is killing good people around the world?

In Copenhagen, the Interpol alert lands on the desk of veteran detective Niels Bentzon: Find the “good people” of Denmark and warn them. But Bentzon is a man who is trained to see the worst in humanity, not the good.

Just as Bentzon is ready to give up, he meets Hannah Lund, a brilliant astrophysicist mourning the death of her son. With Hannah’s help, Bentzon begins to piece together the puzzle of these far-flung deaths. A pattern emerges—a perfectly executed plan of murder. There have been thirty-four deaths—two more to come if the legend is true. According to the pattern, Bentzon and Hannah can predict the time and place of the final two murders. The deaths will occur in Venice and Copenhagen. And the time is now.
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  • Scribner | 
  • 480 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451640762 | 
  • March 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Last Good Man includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author A.J. Kazinski. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

Introduction

In Jewish scripture there is a legend: there are thirty-six righteous people on earth. When humanitarians the world over begin turning up dead—all with the same tattoo-like mark on their backs—an enterprising Italian policeman named Tommaso di Barbara link the deaths. In Copenhagen, Barbara’s Interpol alert lands on the desk of veteran detective Niels Bentzon. His task: find the “good people” of Denmark and warn them of the threat. But Bentzon is a man who is trained to see the worst in humanity, not the good. One by one, people are crossed off his list, as he sees through their upright façade and learns of their secrets and wrongdoings. Just as Bentzon is ready to give up, he meets Hannah Lund, a brilliant astrophysicist. With Hannah’s help, Bentzon begins to piece together the puzzle of these far-flung deaths. It is, they realize, a perfect plan of murder. There have been thirty-four deaths. According to the pattern, Bentzon and Hannah can predict the time and place of the final two murders. The de see more

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