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The Sandman by Lars Kepler
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The Sandman (2012)

by Lars Kepler

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Series: Joona Linna (4)

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He's Sweden's most prolific serial killer. Jurek Walter is serving a life sentence. Kept in solitary confinement, he is still considered extremely dangerous by psychiatric staff. He'll lull you into a sense of calm. Mikael knows him as "the sandman". Seven years ago, he was taken from his bed along with his sister. They are both presumed dead. He has one target left. When Mikael is discovered on a railway line, close to death, the hunt begins for his sister. To get to the truth, Detective Inspector Joona Linna will need to get closer than ever to the man who stripped him of a family; the man who wants Linna dead.… (more)

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When twenty-three year old Mikael Kohler-Frost, dazed, feverish, and painfully thin, escapes from a captor who held him prisoner for thirteen years, the authorities are stunned. How did this young man get away when so many others, including his sister Felicia, disappeared, never to be seen again? The answer can be found in the mind of a demented but crafty villain, Jurek Walter ("he has committed the most heinous crimes of any serial killer in Swedish history), who is confined in a secure psychiatric facility in Löwenströmska hospital. He is considered to be so dangerous that he is not permitted to receive visitors or correspond by mail with anyone. One of his most frightening characteristics is his uncanny ability to brainwash anyone foolish enough to listen to his hypnotic voice.

Hoping to find Mikael's sister before it is too late, Detective Inspector Joona Linna and his colleagues decide to send the stunningly beautiful, strong, but emotionally fragile Inspector Saga Bauer undercover. She will pose as a tormented and dangerous mental patient; her superiors hope that Walter will be intrigued enough by Saga to reveal some of his secrets. "The Sandman," by Lars Kepler (the pseudonym of married couple Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alenxander Ahndoril), translated by Neil Smith, is a tale of sadism, revenge, and unspeakable cruelty. As long as Walter is alive, no one whom he targets is safe from psychological and physical torment.

Jurek Walter may be a sociopath, but he is also insightful and intelligent. He knows all too well that when a family's loved ones are suddenly snatched away, those left behind will probably never be whole again. Kepler writes extremely short chapters (this gets a bit irritating) and frequently moves back and forth in time. The authors also alternate points of view, allowing us to observe plot developments through the eyes of various individuals, including the victims, police officers, and psychiatrists. As the body count rises, the detectives fear that they may have underestimated their adversary. This is a graphically violent novel about a superhuman mastermind at war with law enforcement professionals who, unfortunately, lag behind in their efforts to outwit him. By the time Joona Linna understands Walter's motive and methods, it may be too late to undo all of the damage that this fiend has inflicted on his victims. Scandinavian thrillers are frequently dark and depressing, but when it comes to brutality and gore, "The Sandman" is in a category of its own. This book will appeal to fans of complex, unsettling, and dark works of fiction. ( )
  booklover915 | Feb 5, 2019 |
When twenty-three year old Mikael Kohler-Frost, dazed, feverish, and painfully thin, escapes from a captor who held him prisoner for thirteen years, the authorities are stunned. How did this young man get away when so many others, including his sister Felicia, disappeared, never to be seen again? The answer can be found in the mind of a demented but crafty villain, Jurek Walter ("he has committed the most heinous crimes of any serial killer in Swedish history), who is confined in a secure psychiatric facility in L̦wenstr̦mska hospital. He is considered to be so dangerous that he is not permitted to receive visitors or correspond by mail with anyone. One of his most frightening characteristics is his uncanny ability to brainwash anyone foolish enough to listen to his hypnotic voice.

Hoping to find Mikael's sister before it is too late, Detective Inspector Joona Linna and his colleagues decide to send the stunningly beautiful, strong, but emotionally fragile Inspector Saga Bauer undercover. She will pose as a tormented and dangerous mental patient; her superiors hope that Walter will be intrigued enough by Saga to reveal some of his secrets. "The Sandman," by Lars Kepler (the pseudonym of married couple Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alenxander Ahndoril), translated by Neil Smith, is a tale of sadism, revenge, and unspeakable cruelty. As long as Walter is alive, no one whom he targets is safe from psychological and physical torment.

Jurek Walter may be a sociopath, but he is also insightful and intelligent. He knows all too well that when a family's loved ones are suddenly snatched away, those left behind will probably never be whole again. Kepler writes extremely short chapters (this gets a bit irritating) and frequently moves back and forth in time. The authors also alternate points of view, allowing us to observe plot developments through the eyes of various individuals, including the victims, police officers, and psychiatrists. As the body count rises, the detectives fear that they may have underestimated their adversary. This is a graphically violent novel about a superhuman mastermind at war with law enforcement professionals who, unfortunately, lag behind in their efforts to outwit him. By the time Joona Linna understands Walter's motive and methods, it may be too late to undo all of the damage that this fiend has inflicted on his victims. Scandinavian thrillers are frequently dark and depressing, but when it comes to brutality and gore, "The Sandman" is in a category of its own. This book will appeal to fans of complex, unsettling, and dark works of fiction. ( )
  booklover915 | Oct 9, 2018 |
I was beyond excited when I won this in a Goodreads giveaway! So, thank you Goodreads and Knopf Publishing.

This book was so creepy good! I mean so fantastically disturbing, spine-chilling, hair raising good! I was white-knuckling the book the whole time.

This is the 4th in the series, but at no time did I feel lost or confused. As soon as I was finished, I started looking to see where I could buy, even though I’m on a book buying band, the others in the series.

And that ending.. Oh My Goodness! WTH! That was the BEST of all endings! Bravo Lars Keplar! And for those who didn’t know, the author Lars Kepler is a pseudonym used by Swedish writer couple Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril.

Highly Recommend!

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  TraceyTurnsThePage2 | Jul 23, 2018 |
For en avsluttning! Dette blir bare verre og verre! Eller bedre og bedre forsåvidt :) ( )
  henriette89 | Apr 21, 2018 |
For en avsluttning! Dette blir bare verre og verre! Eller bedre og bedre forsåvidt :) ( )
  henriette89 | Apr 21, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lars Keplerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Berf, PaulÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gundersen, Henning J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Luiten, ClementineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Popma, JasperTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, NeilTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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