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Lars Kepler
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3 Jan 2013

From the bestselling author of The Hypnotist comes the second high-octane thriller featuring Detective Inspector Joona Linna

Stockholm, Sweden: the lifeless body of a young woman is discovered on an abandoned boat. Later, a man is found hanging alone in his apartment.

Should the deaths be treated as suicide or murder? Only four people know the answer. And one man wants them dead.

Can Detective Inspector Joona Linna keep them alive long enough to find out the truth?


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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Door (3 Jan 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0007414501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007414505
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril & Alexander Ahndoril, both critically-acclaimed writers under their own names. Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril's first novel Stjärneborg (Castle of Stars) has been translated in several languages while Alexander Ahndoril's novel The Director, about Ingmar Bergman, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. They live in Sweden.The Hypnotist is the first in a series featuring Detective Inspector Joona Linna.

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‘A high-octane, taut thriller’ Marie Claire

‘One of the most exciting Swedish crime novels of recent years…It doesn’t get much better than this.’ Göteborgsposten

‘Intricate detective work and heart-ticking suspense’ Boston Globe

‘Joona Linna is quietly assured and as smart as a bag full of Morses’ Metro

About the Author

A No. 1 bestselling international sensation, Lars Kepler has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies of the Joona Linna series in Sweden alone. Their first thriller, The Hypnotist, is a global bestseller and has just been released as a film directed by Lasse Hallström. The Nightmare is the second book in the series. Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for writing duo, Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril. They live with their family in Sweden.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I really enjoy the best of Scandinavian crime fiction but there is some much rubbish being published these days cashing in on the Stieg Larsson boom and this is one of the worst. Written by a literary couple in a blatant attempt to get some of the action while it lasts. Everything about it stinks. The fact that an earlier book of theirs is being made into a film is just depressing.

The brilliant detective who is also an expert at self-defence, the beautiful secret service woman who is also a great boxer and who also happens to be great at her job. Honestly, it's almost as bad as a Robert Ludlum book and I never thought I'd say that.

I disliked this book so much I gave up after reading half of it. Do your self a favour and dig out some of the best of Scandinavian fiction like Mankell, early Jo Nesbo, Jussi Adler-Olsen among many others and give this one a miss..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nightmare --Lars Kepler 21 Jan 2013
By Simon Clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
'The Nightmare' is an action-packed thriller,which I found to be
more assured than the authors' first novel,'The Hypnotist'.
A young female's body is found on an abandoned boat.This sets in
motion a frantic chain of events,carnage and many deaths,which the
intuitive Stockholm Detective Inspector Joona Linna finds are related
to a very sinister and illegal trade in weapons.
The action and suspense never let up in this lengthy novel,and provided
one can suspend belief on some occasions,will provide much enjoyment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately compulsive 25 Jun 2012
By Penny Waugh TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I found this a bit slow to start, and the style seemed awkward (maybe translation affected?) and I don't care too much for books written in the present tense, but before long all that was forgotten in the development of a rattling good story. It is a long book but I read it in a day; it became compulsive.
A girl is found dead on a boat in the Swedish archipelago; her sister and her boyfriend are chased by a hired killer for days on end; a photograph points to an illegal arms deal and the Swedish police are at first baffled. Characterisation is a bit sketchy in places but the main personal, Joona Linna, Finnish born but long resident in Sweden, is an engaging detective, and Penelope, the South American born peace campaigner, is also well drawn and mainly sympathetic. The ultimate villain, with a nasty take on 'loyalty', appears mainly toward the end of the book but is satisfying evil.
There is quite a lot of music in this book. A vital part of the plot depends on the fingering of the string quartet in the background of a photograph, and violins, and Paganini, play their part in the story. This however is a story of action, and violence, and it certainly carries the reader along.
I have Lars Kepler's previous book, The Hypnotist, but have not yet read it - after this I am quite eager to.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real nightmare 23 Sep 2012
By Remnant
Format:Hardcover
There are some very good reviews of this book available here refering directly to plot etc. I just wanted to add that the cover and the blurb give a misleading impression of the novel. the literary duo, Lars Kepler, have come up with a thrilling read, well translated but firmly grounded in reality even if the characters are somewhat eccentric. The book cover and the description gives the impression this could be serial killer/spooky territory - maybe this sells better but this is a grounded book with a nod to a serious theme - Arms trading. Well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And So It Continues 5 Aug 2013
By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Lars Kepler is a nom de plume for two writers. Like the writers, I have read two of their books,. 'The Hypnotist', the first novel was well written, gory and full of blood and excitement. 'The Nightmare' does not reach the level of good read of that of the first book . I slugged through mostof it and then went to the final chapter. OK, not much of a surprise.

A man hanging from the middle of the ceiling, and a young woman found sitting on a bed in a boat. Both dead, both died by unusual means. In walks Joona Linna, the unusual Stockholm detective who can always put two and two together. Quite a worker, it seems he never sleeps. Intellectual, not socially savvy, unable to relatevromanticallymgives the impression that this man coud have Aspergers. Not a necessary label, but it is appearing more frequently to sustain interest, and to give reasoning for unusual behaviors.

As the mystery proceeds, the clues are found, and reasons to continue looking for te murderer. It appears to be one person, probably a professional hit man, but why? Joot delves further and more evidence is obtained. The continued chase, the manufactured victims and the lead detective became annoying to me. It may have been the translation, bt I wearied of the book and went to the last chapter.

Fans of Lars Kepler are enthralled, but these writers just don't give name sufficient energy to keep reading.

Not Recommended for me. prisrob 08-05-13
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 24 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Apart from the extremely high level of violence, well worth a read. This is the 2nd book I have read by this author, def on my reading list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good page turner 7 Nov 2012
By Rachel Green VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I wanted to read this after watching 'The Bridge' and I was happily surprised by the quality of the writing. A thoroughly absorbing tale that kept me up past my bedtime for several nights with that desire to read 'just one more section'.

Crime fans and fans of Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell will love this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, twisting thriller that you can't put down!
More of the same brilliance from Lars Kepler. Strong believable characters. Flowing storyline. Excellent modern Swedish noir.
Recommend to all jo nesbo & stieg Larsson fans.
Published 15 days ago by MR S J FRANKS
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, cynical rubbish - the authors are laughing at us!
I love the best Nordic noir, but this is awful. The married couple who write under the Lars Kepler pseudonym are cashing in bit time on Nordic noir's popularity. Read more
Published 18 days ago by AlanF
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping novel but a suspension of belief is necessary
This is a pacey follow-up to the authors' debut novel `The Hypnotist', translated by Laura A. Wideburg and, but for a few obvious Americanisms, she has done a very effective... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Dr R
2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near Nesbo
Not quite as bad as The Hypnotist, but still pretty mundane, at least it doesn't seem to rely on amateurish sex scenes in an attempt to maintain interest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Halford
4.0 out of 5 stars Scandi thriller dark and unusual
As in all Scandi thrillers it is the quirky protagonist and the dark and sinister crimes. A collection of seemingly unconnected accidents unearths a dreadful deadly business deal. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bookclubgirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more
Not as good as his previous book, and the story is a bit slow at first but overall a good read
Published 3 months ago by Marie roe
3.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointment
Having previously read The Hypnotist and found it somewhat wanting, I wanted to give this crime writing couple another opportunity to win me over. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Luberon Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome read from Lars Kepler.
As expected another good story. A bit graphic in places but keeps you on t edge of your seat. I am a firm fan now and looking forward to the next book.
Published 3 months ago by DOUGAL
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't compare to the first book...
After really enjoying the first book The Hypnotist, I was very eager to read The Nightmare. However, it was rather disappointing and I felt it had a bit of an anti-climax. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss D. Trout
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story in between all the extra words
Thus is a fine story just a pity it's about 200 pages too long, filled with irrelevant detail that adds nothing to the story.

I hope the next book is a lot sharper
Published 3 months ago by R ELLIOTT
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