Lars Kepler returns with a piercing, bestselling sequel to The Hypnotist
After spellbinding audiences in The Hypnotist, Detective Inspector Joona Linna is back in The Nightmare, an internationally bestselling Swedish thriller published to critical acclaim in dozens of countries. As the Swedish newspaper Arbetarbladet put it, "The reader is ready to sell his own soul for the opportunity to read this book without interruption, in one sitting."
On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, and the forensics team is sure that she drowned. Why, then, is the pleasure boat still afloat, and why are there no traces of water on her clothes or body?
The next day, a man turns up dead in his state apartment in Stockholm, hanging from a lamp hook. All signs point to suicide, but the room has a high ceiling, and there's not a single piece of furniture around--nothing to climb on.
Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, but the logistics are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events. At its core, the most frightening aspect of The Nightmare isn't its gruesome crimes--it's the dark psychology of its characters, who show us how blind we are to our own motives.
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Yah, sure: As one cop recalls, “I’d say I’m fairly well versed in forensics...but Joona walked in, took a look at the blood spatters...He knew right away when each murder had occurred.” Things don’t go quite so smoothly for Joona this time around, though, as the novel’s 500-plus pages might suggest.Jul 15 2012 | Read Full Review of The Nightmare: A Novel
Joona Linna looks into two bizarre deaths in Keplerâs complex second novel featuring the Stockholm detective inspector (after 2011âs The Hypnotist). Carl Palmcrona, the general director of the NationaMay 11 2012 | Read Full Review of The Nightmare: A Novel
Linna himself is an odd duck, seemingly uncomfortable with personal relationships that involve anything other than figuring out the perplexing puzzles that involve his work, but by no means is he the book’s only offbeat character.Jul 06 2012 | Read Full Review of The Nightmare: A Novel
“The Nightmare” by Lars Kepler is a fast paced book that is impossible to put down.Jun 29 2012 | Read Full Review of The Nightmare: A Novel
The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment---but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon?Jul 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Nightmare: A Novel
This is a moral tract: Good versus Evil, the latter epitomized by traders in illegal arms exports (according to Kepler Sweden, the USA and the UK are the largest exporters of weapons: legally, so that's all right).Sep 13 2012 | Read Full Review of The Nightmare: A Novel
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