Cotton Malone's Bookstore

Novel The Templar Legacy Steve Berry (2007)
Cotton Malone's bookstore is regularly the starting point for many surreal adventures for a simple shopkeeper.
Matthias Hansen House Copenhague - Librairie de Cotton Malone
Naotake Murayama

“- Thought I’d open an old-book shop. Got plenty to sell.

– Excellent idea. I have one for sale, if you’d like it.

– Where is this bookstore? he asked, cursing himself for even sounding interested.

– Copenhagen. Where else?”

Cotton Malone and Henrik Thorvaldsen

Cotton Malone is retired. At age 48, the former U.S. Department of Justice intelligence officer decided to open a bookstore, generously offered for a pittance by a wealthy businessman, Henrik Thorvaldsen.

Originally from Georgia, the man decided to pack up and become a bookseller. But the past keeps catching up with him and the famous store takes many blows. Burned, riddled with bullets, the building suffers before being entrusted to the hands of Cotton Malone’s employees while its owner travels the world to solve mysteries.

It is sitting at the terrace of a café in the Højbro Plads in Copenhagen that Steve Berry decides to make this building the residence of his hero. Although the site is occupied by a Royal Copenhagen china store, the Matthias Hansen House is home to Cotton Malone’s bookstore as well as his top floor apartment.

Steve Berry is regularly inspired by places of his peregrinations to make his different characters evolve as Stephanie Nelle, Cassiopeia Vitt, Henrik Thorvaldsen or Luc Daniels. Journeys form literature.


Steve Berry started writing in 1990.

Matthias Hansen House

Built in 1616, the Matthias Hansen House escaped the devastating fires of 1728 and 1795 and is a key witness to the Danish Renaissance.

Matthias Hansen, member of the city council and then mayor of Copenhagen from 1622 to 1626, built a splendid house on Amagertorv, a famous Danish thoroughfare. The residence subsequently had many owners before becoming a commercial building.

At first, it was the headquarters of an insurance company in 1872, then a café in 1898. In 1912, the building became a porcelain store, which today houses the flagship store of Royal Copenhagen.

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By Damien Duarte

Monday, September 19, 2022

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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