A novel which re-introduces to readers here one of the most popular thriller writers out of Scandinavia today brings Lars Kepler (the wife-husband duo of Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril) to Seattle for the U.S. publication of The Sandman (Knopf, translated by Neil Smith). Actually the fourth book in a series featuring detective Joona Linna, readers will soon be able to read back, with new translations of those books forthcoming, as well as to await what will come next. What comes now is quite riveting.
“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.” —Publishers Weekly.