The Sandman: A novel (Joona Linna #4) (Paperback)
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The chilling story of an insidious serial killer and the two brilliant detectives who must try to beat him at his own game.
An emaciated young man named Mikael is found wandering outside Stockholm. Thirteen years earlier, he and his younger sister went missing, presumed to be victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, who is now serving a life sentence in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital. But Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he calls the Sandman.
Detective Joona Linna sacrificed everything to capture Jurek, but he always thought that Jurek had an accomplice. Any chance of rescuing Mikael’s sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and the only agent capable of this is Saga Bauer, who will have to go deep under cover, and find a way to get to the psychopath before it’s too late.
About the Author
LARS KEPLER is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their internationally best-selling Joona Linna series has sold more than thirteen million copies in forty languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published several acclaimed novels. They live in Stockholm, Sweden. Translated by Neil Smith.
Praise for The Sandman:
“With its tight, staccato chapters and cast of dangerous wraiths lurking everywhere, The Sandman is a nonstop fright.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"The Sandman sends us off to dreamland with a nightmare that can make us happy." —Ken Tucker, The New York Times Book Review
“If Jurek Walter reminds you of Hannibal Lecter, with his ability to impel people to act against their own impulse, you’ll be forgiven. . . . As with Jurek Walter’s powers of persuasion, I felt impelled by Lars Kepler to finish The Sandman. The characters got into my head and I couldn’t rest until the mystery was revealed.” —Jonathan Elderfield, Associated Press
“Kepler — actually the husband-and-wife team of Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril — is really good at this stuff. The chapters are short, the characters deftly drawn, and the action churns along.” –Richard Lipez, The Washington Post
"[A] marvel: utterly unnerving, bordering on horror, dripping with suspense throughout.” –Entertainment Weekly
“[A] thrilling crime novel that will keep you awake until you read the final page.” —Paste Magazine
“This is a book that will keep you up all night, unable to turn off the light, because the pages almost literally fly beneath your fingers. . . . The Sandman is an excellent crime novel. Alexandra Coehlo Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril are a terrific writing team that deserve every accolade they receive. You won’t be able to resist the urge to read all six Joona Linna novels, and you’ll fervently wish there were more.” —New York Journal of Books
“Thriller fans will find it hard to escape The Sandman's spell, for the suspense is unrelenting and the bite-size chapters end on cliffhangers. But unlike the villain, who makes victims go to sleep, his namesake novel will keep readers up all night.” —Elyse Dinh-McCrillis, Shelf Awareness
“I had been hearing about Lars Kepler’s Joona Linna series of crime novels for years and have finally gotten around to reading them. I had really been missing out. . . . Do you enjoy getting scared out of your wits? Then I suggest you read The Sandman.” —Vick Mickunas, Dayton Daily News
“Sensational ... like meeting Hannibal Lecter all over again - twice.” —Lee Child
“Kepler doesn’t pull any punches, and his care in creating characters will make readers deeply invested in their fates.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“If any Scandinavian crime series is poised to top the characterization and gripping action of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, it’s this one. Kepler has crafted a phenomenal hero in Linna, who wields intuition, strategic genius, and refreshing vulnerability against a foe as compelling and calculating as Hannibal Lecter.” —Booklist, starred review
“More dark psychological thriller than police procedural, this shiver-inducing read will have you turning pages until the cliff-hanger ending.” —Library Journal