by Kepler, Lars

Two sadistic murders by a killer who would play games with the police prompt Swedish detective Joona Linna and trauma hypnotherapist Erik Maria Bark for a case with disturbing ties to a years-old conviction. By the best-selling authors of The Sandman.

LARS KEPLER is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their number one internationally bestselling Joona Linna series has sold more than twelve 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* After faking his death to protect his family from a serial killer in The Sandman (2018), legendary detective Joona Linna returns to Stockholm hoping to clear his friend, renowned psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark, of serial murder charges. Margot Silverman, the National Police's new expert on serial killers, has moved into Linna's office but hasn't yet managed to step into his shoes. She and her partner are hunting a killer who taunts police with voyeuristic videos taken through his victims' windows moments before he strikes. Hoping to use hypnosis to draw clues from a witness' memory, Margot consults Bark. For Bark, the new case awakens the shameful memory of a hauntingly similar crime. Years ago, he discarded alibi information that his patient, Rocky Kyrklund, revealed under hypnosis, and Kyrklund was subsequently (wrongfully?) convicted of murder. In a startling turn, Bark faces police scrutiny when he's connected to each of the new killer's victims. His only hope is Linna, who suspects the killer is the Preacher, a malevolent shadow buried in Kyrklund's memories. Kepler delivers a page-turning hunt for an expertly camouflaged killer that draws shocking connections between the hallowed halls of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm's prostitution and drug scene, and Sweden's rural churches. The author's dark, complex procedurals are must-reads for readers drawn to Stieg Larsson, Mons Kallentoft, and Michael Connelly. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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