Poul Holt (A Conspiracy of Faith)

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Poul Holt
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Appears in Flaskepost fra P (A Conspiracy of Faith)
Year 2009

Poul Holt is a minor character in the Danish crime thriller Flaskepost fra P (A Conspiracy of Faith, lit. Message in a Bottle from P) by Jussi Adler-Olsen.


Poul is an 18-year-old Jehovah's Witness. He and his brother Tryggve fall victim to a serial killer who targets cults, kidnaps their children, and then demands ransom. In the boathouse where they're being kept, Poul manages to write a help note with his blood and throws it in a bottle into the sea. Unfortunately the serial killer never lets both children go after the ransom is paid, and he kills Poul while releasing Tryggve. The family pretends that Poul has been ousted from Jehovah's Witnesses to cover up his disappearance, since the serial killer threatens to kill their other children if they talk about it. Years later, the bottle ends up on the desk of Carl Mørck of department Q, a section of the police that deals with cold cases.


Poul is stated to have Asperger's syndrome in the novel. He is brilliant at maths and physics. He attended the College of Engineering, where he attained good marks before getting kidnapped. A teacher says he's the closest thing to a Nobel candidate they would ever see at the college.


Flaskepost fra P was adapted into a movie of the same title. The movie is much shorter than the novel and thus many plot lines were dropped to simplify the story. While Poul is mentioned in passing, there is no mention of him being autistic. He is also 8 years old instead of 18.

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