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The Nightmare
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Lars Kepler is a pseudonym for a literary couple who live and write in Sweden. Their Joona Linna novels include The Hypnotist, The Nightmare, and The Fire Witness.

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Scandinavian sleuth Joona Linna of the National Homicide Squad has a way with odd murder cases, and in Kepler's latest, he faces two real puzzlers. A young woman is found dead on a deserted yacht, her lungs full of water, but her body and clothes dry as a bone. The following day, a government official is discovered in his Stockholm apartment hanging from a high rafter, an apparent suicide-except there is no furniture in the room on which he could have made his fatal climb. Narrator Mark Bramhall smoothly handles tongue-twisting Nordic names, and sets a pace that allows the listener to properly process the often-perplexing events without diminishing their chilling effect. He also provides a variety of appropriate voices for a large cast that includes a surprisingly emotional antiterrorist expert, a frightened young peace activist on the run from an unstoppable assassin, and the evil mastermind behind the deaths. An FSG/Sarah Crichton hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

On a June night, a pleasure boat is found drifting on a bay in the Stockholm archipelago; its only passenger is a young woman who drowned although her clothes are dry. The next day a well-dressed man is discovered hanging from a lamp hook in his apartment, an apparent suicide. There seems to be no connection between the cases until Insp. Joona Linna identifies the victims. The dead woman is the sister of Penelope Fernandez, a well-known peace activist, and the hanged man is Carl Palmcrona, a government official in charge of approving Sweden's arms exports. Now Joona must race to find Penelope before a ruthless killer does. Verdict As in The Hypnotist, Kepler (a husband-and-wife writing team) displays a sharp talent for intricate multistrand plotting and nail-biting suspense. The scenes of Penelope and her boyfriend trying to escape their single-minded pursuer on a remote island are almost unbearable in their gripping tension, yet the reader can't stop turning the pages. Unfortunately, the gothic creepiness and shocking violence turn cartoonish when the villain is finally confronted in an unbelievable and ridiculous denouement that comes out of a bad James Bond movie. Still, fans of Swedish crime fiction may enjoy, although they will hate themselves for wasting precious vacation reading time after finishing this disappointing thriller. [See Prepub Alert, 1/21/12; previewed in Kristi Chadwick's "Crime Travels" spotlight feature, LJ 4/15/12.-Ed.]-Wilda Williams, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Action-oriented, inventive, with over-the-top plots and larger-than-life heroes and criminals Even stronger [than "The Hypnotist"]. "Los Angeles Times Magazine" Kepler's ability to inhabit the workings of psychotic psyches is authentically shocking. Larsson is destined to have many heirs .Kepler is by far the best. "Time" Methadone for readers suffering from Stieg Larsson withdrawal Outrageously entertaining. "Laura Miller, Salon" Kepler's characters are admirably flawed .It's a smooth collaboration with frequent surprises and grace notes amid the carnage. With any luck, we'll hear more of Lars Kepler. "The Washington Post" Gripping Kepler will have you turning pages long after your bedtime. "David Hiltbrand, The Philadelphia Inquirer""


Action-oriented, inventive, with over-the-top plots and larger-than-life heroes and criminals Even stronger [than The Hypnotist]. Los Angeles Times Magazine Kepler's ability to inhabit the workings of psychotic psyches is authentically shocking. Larsson is destined to have many heirs .Kepler is by far the best. Time Methadone for readers suffering from Stieg Larsson withdrawal Outrageously entertaining. Laura Miller, Salon Kepler's characters are admirably flawed .It's a smooth collaboration with frequent surprises and grace notes amid the carnage. With any luck, we'll hear more of Lars Kepler. The Washington Post Gripping Kepler will have you turning pages long after your bedtime. David Hiltbrand, The Philadelphia Inquirer"

"Action-oriented, inventive, with over-the-top plots and larger-than-life heroes and criminals...Even stronger [than The Hypnotist]." --Los Angeles Times Magazine"Kepler's ability to inhabit the workings of psychotic psyches is authentically shocking. Larsson is destined to have many heirs....Kepler is by far the best." --Time"Methadone for readers suffering from Stieg Larsson withdrawal...Outrageously entertaining." --Laura Miller, Salon"Kepler's characters are admirably flawed....It's a smooth collaboration...with frequent surprises and grace notes amid the carnage. With any luck, we'll hear more of Lars Kepler." --The Washington Post"Gripping...Kepler will have you turning pages long after your bedtime." --David Hiltbrand, The Philadelphia Inquirer

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