by Kepler, Lars; Smith., Neil (TRN)

Investigating the murder spree of a killer who is targeting Europe's most infamous criminals, Detective Joona Linna connects two of the victims before discovering she is following a ghost from her own past. By the author of The Hypnotist.

LARS KEPLER is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband-and-wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their novels have sold more than fifteen million copies in forty languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler and have each published several acclaimed novels. They live in Stockholm, Sweden. Translated by Neil Smith.

*Starred Review* How do you escape the wrath of a killer who can attack in two places at once? Legendary Stockholm detective Joona Linna was convinced that Saga Bauer murdered Jurek Walter, the serial killer who was hell-bent on destroying Linna (in The Sandman, 2018). When Linna's late wife's head is found at the scene of a grave robber's murder and Linna's business card is discovered on another criminal's body, Joona recognizes Walter's touch. Walter, he realizes, somehow survived and is training a new accomplice to replace his twin brother, Igor, whom Joona killed. Walter's next targets, Joona believes, will be his own and Saga's loved ones. Failing to convince Saga or his girlfriend, Valeria, of Jurek's return, Joona initiates a plan designed to protect Saga's daughter. Unfortunately, with her Valeria is punished quickly for her refusal to flee, and Saga stares down her worst nightmares. Joona, drawn out of hiding, must play Walter's cat-and-mouse game. As Walter prowls closer, Kepler combines explosive action with masterfully developed tension. Readers already on board with this standout series will find a bar-raising entry here, and reassurance that the door is open for Joona's return. Strongly recommended for fans of Nicci French, Stieg Larrson, and Jussi Adler-Olsen. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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