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#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.

“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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“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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      • source: Ken Tucker, The New York Times Book Review
      • content: "The Sandman sends us off to dreamland with a nightmare that can make us happy."
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      • source: Jonathan Elderfield, Associated Press
      • content: "If Jurek Walter reminds you of Hannibal Lecter, with his ability to impel people to act against their own impulse, you'll be forgiven. . . . As with Jurek Walter's powers of persuasion, I felt impelled by Lars Kepler to finish The Sandman. The characters got into my head and I couldn't rest until the mystery was revealed."
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      • source: Paste Magazine
      • content: "[A] thrilling crime novel that will keep you awake until you read the final page."
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      • source: New York Journal of Books
      • content: "This is a book that will keep you up all night, unable to turn off the light, because the pages almost literally fly beneath your fingers. . . . The Sandman is an excellent crime novel. Alexandra Coehlo Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril are a terrific writing team that deserve every accolade they receive. You won't be able to resist the urge to read all six Joona Linna novels, and you'll fervently wish there were more."
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      • source: Elyse Dinh-McCrillis, Shelf Awareness
      • content: "Thriller fans will find it hard to escape The Sandman's spell, for the suspense is unrelenting and the bite-size chapters end on cliffhangers. But unlike the villain, who makes victims go to sleep, his namesake novel will keep readers up all night."
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        Starred review from January 1, 2018
        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. Agent: Niclas Salomonsson, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden).

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        January 1, 2018
        "You don't become a serial killer for no reason": the Swedish duo (The Fire Witness, 2013, etc.) who write under a single pseudonym return, and it isn't pretty.Leading the cast in the fourth novel in the series devoted to him, the smart, steely detective Joona Linna is sure that the psycho he helped put away is still conducting awful business behind bars. When a starved young man is spotted atop a railroad bridge, having escaped from captivity at the hands of yet another psycho--"the Sandman took us," he says to police, meaningfully--Linna puts two and two together. That's not easy: the imprisoned bad guy, Jurek Walter, has a knack for whispering sweet nothings into the ears of anyone who will listen, programming them for mayhem, so much so that his jailers and psychiatrists wear earplugs in his presence. (So much for talk therapy.) Linna, who has searched every conceivable database to try to find out who Walter really is, tries a risky gambit: he sends his colleague, young detective Saga Bauer, into the lion's den to try to ferret out information about his victims and accomplices, for Linna is sure that Walter is not acting alone. He's not, though learning the eventual identity of the aforementioned Sandman may carry a whiff of red herring gone bad. Saga has to tough out some very unpleasant behavior while undercover inside the stir--"The girl has a dozen knife wounds to her chest, deep cuts into her lungs and heart," Kepler writes of one inmate who gets in Walter's way--even as Linna solves the mystery. Writing, as always, in short chapters, most just a couple of pages in length, and in telegraphic sentences, Kepler builds a story whose pace is occasionally off but that resolves in a satisfactory if blood-soaked manner. The yarn isn't as spine-tingling as, say, Jo Nesbo's The Snowman or as action-packed as Stieg Larsson's original Millennium trilogy, but as Swedish mysteries go, it does the trick.Fans of Kepler's detective won't be disappointed.

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        Starred review from February 1, 2018
        Thirteen years after he and his sister disappeared, Mikael Kohler-Frost stumbles toward police, nearly skeletal and covered in blood. Mikael pleads for police to find his sister, Felicia, who is still held captive by the Sandman. Mikael's reappearance resurrects Stockholm DI Joona Linna's worst nightmares: he knows that Sweden's most dangerous serial killer, Jurek Walter, masterminded the kidnappings. When Linna and his partner, Samuel, captured Walter years earlier, he swore he'd take their families as revenge. Then, while Walter's incarceration lulled the partners into complacency, his hidden accomplice snatched Samuel's family and drove him to suicide. Determined to find Felicia, Linna crafts a dangerous plan to draw clues from Walter. The task force plants Saga Bauer deep undercover in Walter's maximum-security psychiatric unit, gambling that Walter finds the brilliant (and beautiful) officer irresistibly intriguing. But, once inside, Saga is on her own to navigate the unforeseen dangers posed by the unit's predatory head psychiatrist. If any Scandinavian crime series is poised to top the characterization and gripping action of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, it's this one. Kepler has crafted a phenomenal hero in Linna, who wields intuition, strategic genius, and refreshing vulnerability against a foe as compelling and calculating as Hannibal Lecter.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        January 1, 2018

        In the fourth entry (after The Fire Witness) of the internationally best-selling "DI Joona Linna" series, the Stockholm detective finds himself facing Jurek Walter again. He arrested the psychotic serial killer 13 years ago and always suspected he had an accomplice who remained free. Joona's theory is confirmed when a long-missing victim, Mikael, is found wandering on a railroad track. He has escaped from his kidnapper whom he thinks of as the Sandman, but his twin sister Felicia is still in captivity. Jurek is smart and dangerous, but they need to get him to talk if there's any chance of finding Felicia before it's too late. Joona plans a risky strategy: Insp. Saga Bauer will go undercover as a patient in the high-security psychiatric ward where Jurek is being held and try to draw out information from him. Joona has lost his partner and his family to Jurek and will stop at nothing to end the terror. VERDICT More dark psychological thriller than police procedural, this shiver-inducing read will have you turning pages until the cliff-hanger ending. For fans of Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Danish writer Sara Blaedel. [See Prepub Alert, 9/25/17.]--Melissa DeWild, Spring Lake Dist. Lib., MI

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        October 15, 2017

        When Mikael vanished 13 years ago with his little sister, serial killer Jurek Walter was blamed. Now Mikael is back, claiming his sister remains captive to the gruesome Sandman. Fourth in the internationally best-selling DI Joona Linna series.

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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“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...
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