#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • This installment in the Killer Instinct Series tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must beat him at his own game, Detectives Joona Linna and Saga Bauer.
“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.
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This deeply sinister thriller upholds the great Scandinavian tradition of exploring the darkest recesses of human cruelty while still championing the quest for social justice. When two people thought to have been murdered by serial killer Jurek Walter are found alive, investigator Joona Linna—who put Walter behind bars—must revisit a part of his past he’d prefer to forget. Writing duo Lars Kepler have created a spine-tingling villain whose malice will chill you to the bone. Their haunting, economic prose and mastery of the genre keep the suspense in the red zone.
Kepler (the pen name for the husband-and-wife writing team of Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril) proves that a gifted storyteller can make something memorable from an overused plot in his nail-biting fourth novel featuring Det. Insp. Joona Linna (after 2013's The Fire Witness). Jurek Walter has been confined to an ultrasecure psychiatric ward near Stockholm for 13 years after being convicted of just two of the more than 20 murders he is suspected of having committed. Joona, who has always believed that Jurek had an accomplice, is vindicated when Mikael Kobler-Frost, a crime writer's son who was thought to have been killed by Jurek, manages to escape captivity and provides some information about his captor, whom he calls the Sandman. Mikael's revelation that his sister, who disappeared with him, is also still alive prompts the police to attempt a dangerous gambit: sending Insp. Saga Bauer into Jurek's ward posing as a patient to try to get him to reveal enough information to rescue Felicia. Kepler doesn't pull any punches, and his care in creating characters will make readers deeply invested in their fates. 75,000-copy announced first printing.)
Such an interesting novel. Joona and Saga are fascinating detectives. Jurek is an apt villain. Strongly recommend.
Too long and confusing.
The Sandman Lars Kepler
Good basic story could be two books. They try to do too much, they seems to be playing at being other major thriller authors.