Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Sandman: A Joona Linna Thriller by Lars Kepler

A Joona Linna Thriller
By Lars Kepler
Trade paperback, 496 pages

You see - it's books like these that keep me from having an outdoor life. You know, unless you count reading on the deck in a comfy chair. Okay. I guess I am outdoorsy after all.

The Sandman is the fourth book in the Joona Linna series by Lars Kepler. And by golly they just keep getting better and better. Darker, smarter, more complex... and did I mention dark? Not for the feint of heart these thrillers. But for us hardcore Nordic Noir fans? Amazing.

I was hooked at the first page.

Grab this book. And, if you missed any, grab the past ones too. They don't need to be read in order. Sit back and, if you are outside - don't forget a hat. And a drink. Maybe a couple. It's a big book.

From the Back Flap:

Already a huge success internationally, The Sandman is the explosive, utterly gripping fourth book in the internationally bestselling Joona Linna Thriller series, which has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. For readers of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, and Jo Nesbo.

     During a cold winter night in Stockholm a man is found walking alongside a railway bridge, suffering from hypothermia and legionella. After he’s rushed to the hospital, it’s discovered that, according to a death certificate, the man has been dead for over seven years. He is believed to be a victim of notorious serial killer Jurek Walter, who was arrested years ago by Detective Inspector Joona Linna and sentenced to a life of total isolation in forensic psychiatric care. As Joona Linna investigates where the “dead man” has been all these years, some unexpected evidence leads to the reopening of a cold case. Danger is imminent, and someone needs to get under the skin of the serial killer–fast–as they are running out of time.

LARS KEPLER is the pseudonym of Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril & Alexander Ahndoril, both critically acclaimed writers under their own names. Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril’s first novel, Stj√§rneborg (Castle of Stars), has been translated in several languages while Alexander Ahndoril’s novel The Director, about Ingmar Bergman, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Stalker is the fifth book in their series featuring Detective Inspector Joona Linna.