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About Lars Kepler
Lars Kepler is a No.1 bestselling international sensation, whose Joona Linna thrillers have sold more than 12 million copies in 40 languages. The first book in the series, The Hypnotist, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club and the most recent, Stalker, went straight to No.1 in Sweden, Norway, Holland and Slovakia.
Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for writing duo Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril. They live with their family in Sweden.
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"Dark, disturbing, and chillingly relentless. Picture Hannibal Lecter sitting down to channel Stieg Larsson and then dial it way, way up!" —Brad Thor, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Black Ice
Sixteen-year-old Jenny Lind is kidnapped in broad daylight on her way home from school and thrown into the back of a truck. She’s taken to a dilapidated house, where she and other girls face horrors far beyond their worst nightmares. Though they’re desperate to escape, their captor foils everyone of their attempts.
Five years later, Jenny’s body is found hanging in a playground, strung up with a winch on a rainy night. As the police are scrambling to find a lead in the scant evidence, Detective Joona Linna recognizes an eerie connection between Jenny’s murder and a death declared a suicide years before. And when another teenage girl goes missing, it becomes clear to Joona that they’re dealing with a serial killer—and his murderous rampage may have just begun.
“Full of surprises and more than enough twists to keep those pages turning well into the night.” —NPR
The police are desperate for information on the triple homicide. Detective Joona Linna enlists the help of hypnotist Erik Maria Bark. But when Bark unlocks the secrets in the boy’s memory, he triggers a terrifying chain of events that will put all their lives in jeopardy.
Sometimes the past won't stay buried.
All across Europe, the most ruthless criminals are suffering gruesome deaths. At first, it seems coincidental that their underworld affiliations are finally catching up to them. But when two of the victims are found to have disturbing connections to Detective Joona Linna, it becomes clear that there’s a single killer at work. Still, police are reluctant to launch an investigation. If a mysterious vigilante is making their jobs easier, why stand in his way? Joona, however, is convinced this is no would-be hero. These deaths serve a much darker purpose.
Desperate for help, Joona turns to Saga Bauer. If his hunch is correct, she’s one of the few people who stands a chance at bringing this criminal mastermind down. But Saga is fighting her own demons—and the killer knows just how to use them to his advantage. He continues to strike with impunity, and no one, it seems, is safe. When the killer begins targeting those closest to Saga and Joona, it appears more and more likely that Joona has been right all along, and that tracking down the person responsible will force him to confront a ghost from his past ... the most terrifying villain he’s ever had to face.
“With its tight, staccato chapters and cast of dangerous wraiths lurking everywhere, The Sandman is a nonstop fright.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden's most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek's capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael's sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it's too late—and before he gets inside her head.
Ten little rabbits, all dressed in white
Tried to get to heaven on the end of a kite.
Kite string got broken, down they all fell,
Instead of going to heaven, they all went to...
It begins with a nursery rhyme. Nineteen minutes later you die.
A masked stranger stands in the shadows. He watches his victim through the window. He will kill him slowly—make him pay.
Soon the Rabbit Hunter has claimed another three victims. This predator will stop at nothing to reap his ultimate revenge.
“One of those rare books that is truly difficult to put down.” —New York Journal of Books
A brutal killing spree at a home for wayward teens. One girl is dead, another is missing. Joona Linna scrambles to track her down before the death toll mounts.
“Action-oriented, inventive, with over-the-top plots and larger-than-life heroes and criminals.” —Los Angeles Times Magazine
Police discover the lifeless body of a young woman on an abandoned yacht. The next day, a man is found hanging in his apartment. When Detectives Joona Linna and Saga Bauer uncover a surprising connection between the two deaths, they realize they are up against a brutal killer and a ruthless business tycoon who preys on his victims’ worst nightmares to achieve his sinister ends.
Three years ago, Saga Bauer received a postcard with a threatening message. It mentioned a gun and nine white bullets—one of which was intended for Detective Joona Linna. According to the anonymous sender, Saga was the only person who could save him. But as time passed, the threat faded. That is, until now.
A sack with a decomposing body has been found tied to a tree in the forest, and a milky white bullet casing turns up at the scene. Soon, the police begin to receive complicated riddles from the killer, taunting them with opportunities to stop further murders. Joona Linna and Saga Bauer struggle to solve the riddles and save further victims before it's too late. As the hunt becomes increasingly desperate, it appears that the killer is unstoppable . . . and that Linna and Bauer may already be caught in the killer’s web.
“Kepler is a virtuoso at delivering scenes of suspense.” —The New York Times Book Review
The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware that she's being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman's body is found horrifically mutilated. With the arrival of the next, similar video, the police understand that the killer is toying with them, warning of a new victim, knowing there's nothing they can do. Detective Margot Silverman is put in charge of the investigation, and soon asks Detective Joona Linna for help. Linna, in turn, recruits Erik Maria Bark, the hypnotist and expert in trauma, with whom Linna's worked before. Bark is leery of forcing people to give up their secrets. But this time, Bark is the one hiding things.
Years before, he had put a man away for an eerily similar crime, and now he's beginning to think that an innocent man may be behind bars—and a serial killer still on the loose….
Das Mädchen ist wahrscheinlich nicht das einzige Opfer. Als es gelingt, einen Mann aufzuspüren, der den Mord gesehen haben muss, ist der Zeuge nicht in der Lage, darüber zu sprechen. So traumatisch sind offenbar seine Erinnerungen. Jonna Linna bittet Erik Maria Bark, den Hypnotiseur, um Hilfe ...
Hohes Tempo und nervenaufreibende Spannung von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite!
Der Spiegelmann war DER Jahresbestseller in Schweden 2020!
«Con i Kepler la paura si fa materica e proietta un'ombra sul lettore, che non lo lascerà nemmeno voltata l'ultima pagina.»
Tuttolibri - La Stampa - Ilaria Tuti
La polizia di Oslo indaga sull’omicidio di un ladro di cadaveri: nel suo appartamento sono stati ritrovati i resti di corpi a diversi stadi di decomposizione, compreso il cranio della moglie del commissario della polizia criminale svedese Joona Linna. La tomba della donna, morta di cancro qualche anno prima e sepolta in Finlandia, è stata profanata. Le cose si complicano quando a Rostock, in Germania, viene scoperto il cadavere di uno stupratore: nel suo telefono compare il numero di Joona Linna. Due giorni prima di essere ucciso l’uomo ha chiamato il commissario, che ora da Stoccolma giunge sulla scena del crimine per partecipare alle indagini.
Il tratto che accomuna entrambe le vittime dall’oscuro passato – il profanatore di Oslo, lo stupratore di Rostock – è la presenza di segni di flagellazione sulla schiena: la firma di Jurek Walter, il peggior serial killer della storia europea. Ma non è possibile, perché Jurek Walter è morto da tempo. Saga Bauer, commissario dei Servizi segreti svedesi e grande amica di Joona, gli ha sparato tre colpi al petto al termine di un lungo inseguimento. Il corpo è finito in mare, ma in seguito la perizia medico-legale ha confermato tutto. Il DNA non mente. E un serial killer non può tornare in vita come Lazzaro. Ma il dubbio si è ormai insinuato nella mente di Joona Linna, mentre cresce vertiginosamente il numero delle vittime marchiate con la stessa, identica firma.
El hombre de arena es la cuarta entrega de la célebre serie de novelas policíacas protagonizada por el inspector Joona Linna.
Durante el frío y crudo invierno de Estocolmo, un hombre es hallado andando a través del puente ferroviario, aquejado de hipotermia y legionela. Es trasladado inmediatamente al hospital. No obstante, allí descubrirán que, según consta en un certificado, este hombre murió hace siete años, supuestamente a manos de uno de los más temibles asesinos en serie del país, Jurek Walter, arrestado tiempo atrás por el inspector Joona Linna y condenado de por vida al confinamiento bajo cuidados psiquiátricos.
A medida que Linna investiga dónde ha estado el «hombre muerto» todos estos años, un caso cerrado tiempo atrás resurge de entre las sombras. Lo único que puede arrojar algo de luz al misterio es meterse en la piel de un criminal, a sabiendas de que el peligro es inminente y el reloj siempre avanza inclemente.
La crítica ha dicho...
«Sensacional. Leer a Lars Kepler es como encontrarse con Hannibal Lecter una y otra vez.»
«Kepler da una clase magistral de literatura policíaca.»
The Boston Globe
«Kepler sabe conectar con la parte más oscura de la mete humana.»
«Uno de los mejores, si no el mejor, escritor escandinavo que haya leído.»
«El sucesor natural de Larsson.»
«Más enérgico que Mankell, tan socialmente implicado como Larsson y mucho mejor escritor, Kepler está al nivel de Jo Nesbø.»