Flimmer Arrhythmia

Dr. Sara Zuckerman #1

An Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator – or ICD – is a sophisticated pacemaker device designed to save lives. ICDs are implanted into millions of patients all over the world every year. In the spring of 2010, two heart patients at a hospital in Norway are killed by the very ICD implants that were supposed to save their lives. Dr. Sara Zuckerman, chief cardiologist at Bærum Hospital, is the first to suspect that something is terribly wrong with the worlds most widely used ICD implant. Dr. Zuckerman and her colleague, Dr. Ola Farmer, discover that a computer virus that causes lethal fibrillation has infected the ICD devices. Someone, somewhere has programmed the market’s leading ICD device to take lives – and the virus is spreading…

Anne Holt & Even Holt have created a powerful and riveting combination of the Scandinavian crime novel and the forensic thriller at its best. Arrhythmia is the first book in their new series featuring the tough Dr. Sara Zuckerman.


  • “Infernally skillful, I'd say. One of the best books in Holt's body of work, perhaps the very best… a perfect balance between action/suspense and psychology/sociology. Anne Holt defends her position as both the best selling and best writing Nordic crime author. No one threatens her place on the throne.”

    Tidningen Kulturen, Sweden

  • “The book is well written, with an incredibly suspenseful plot drive.”

    Kulturdelen, Sweden

  • “[Anne Holt and Even Holt] have come up with a well-written and suspenseful forensic thriller… But Anne Holt soon ambitiously transforms the story into an international crime novel where the pages turns themselves.”

    Moss Avis, Norway

  • “Holt, this time in collaboration with her brother, Dr. Even [Holt], displays her usual solid craftsmanship. In the fast-paced chapters we are introduced to a large cast of characters and several plot lines.”

    Adresseavisen, Norway

  • “The conclusion is intricate and unexpected, and I recognize Holt's good old crime writing form /…/ Arrhythmia is a novel I only put down a few times after I started reading it. With an exciting ensemble of characters and varied narrative techniques, the authors keep their readers in a tight grip /…/ Arrhythmia is a successful collaboration. Together Anne and Even Holt have written a diverse book with many different settings, well-written and suspenseful.”

    Oppland Arbeiderblad, Norway

  • “Anne Holt has always been, and still is, a master at captivating her readers. The fact that she has a co-author [this time] does not weaken that quality.”

    Trønder-Avisa, Norway

  • “This time [Anne Holt] has chosen her brother, Even Holt, as co-author, and the result is good /…/ Compelling. There are a number of convincing renditions of varying settings /…/ The plot as a whole is constructed in an excellent way.”

    Aftenposten, Norway

  • “Crime writing veteran Anne Holt and her brother, cardiologist Even Holt, have written a smart thriller set in medical and financial environments. It holds a tight grip and will open your eyes to what could happen if vital medical aids were tampered with /…/ The plot in Arrhythmia is fascinating.”

    Bergensavisen, Norway

  • “This is a satisfying suspense novel, telling a comprehensible story about complex themes /…/ The siblings Anne and Even Holt have written their first forensic thriller – with great success /…/ The Holt siblings have created a very intricate and wide-ranging plot, and as a whole it is well executed and the level of suspense high.”

    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “In Arrhythmia, Anne and Even Holt very skillfully twine the initially disparate threads into a hauntingly convincing and tremendously suspenseful thriller where money and power trumps human value.”

    Skånska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “A thrilling story.”

    Trouw, Netherlands

  • Arrhythmia is first and foremost a very good thriller”

    Elsevier, Netherlands

  • “Very exciting!”

    Esta, Netherlands

  • “Dark Scandinavian crime fiction meets forensic thriller”

    Zin, Netherlands

  • Arrhythmia is a skillfully written thriller”

    Het Nieuwsblad, Netherlands

  • “Brother and sister Holt have written a very captivating thriller.”

    De Standaard, Netherlands

  • “Killing!”

    Dagblad De Limburger, Netherlands

Anne Holt
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Reading material

Norwegian edition

Rights sold

Bulgaria, EMAS

Denmark, Gyldendal

Finland, Gummerus

Germany, Piper

Italy, Einaudi

Norway, Vigmostad & Bjørke

Poland, Prószynski

Sweden, Piratförlaget

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