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The Nightmare
by Lars Kepler and Laura A. Wideburg

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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780374115333
  • ISBN-10: 0374115338
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
  • Publish Date: July 2012
  • Page Count: 500


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Books > Fiction > Thrillers
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-05-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Joona Linna looks into two bizarre deaths in Kepler’s complex second novel featuring the Stockholm detective inspector (after 2011’s The Hypnotist). Carl Palmcrona, the general director of the National Inspectorate of Strategic Products, which oversees military exports, is found hanged in an empty room in his house, while the Coast Guard discovers Penelope Fernandez drowned on a drifting motorboat in dry clothes. Linna senses there’s more to both deaths than meets the eye, especially after Penelope’s peace activist sister—who wasn’t one to keep her views on Sweden’s arms export business to places like Sudan a secret—goes missing. With the possible terrorist angle to consider, Linna must vie for control of the case with Säpo, the Swedish Security Service, and reluctantly joins forces with a 25-year-old female Säpo inspector. Fans of slow-burning Scandinavian crime fiction with troubled heroes will feel right at home with Kepler, the pseudonym of a Swedish literary couple. Agent: Jonas Axelsson, Bonnier Group Agency. (July)

 
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