The Sandman: A novel (Joona Linna #4) (Paperback)

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The Sandman is a psychological thriller crime novel you wish you never started but can’t put down.  With each page, Lars Kepler, keeps the reader in suspense and on high alert.  The cast of characters gets inside your head and all you want to do is keep reading till the mystery is solved. 

— Sunni


“Sensational . . . like meeting Hannibal Lecter all over again—twice.” —Lee Child

An emaciated young man is found wandering on a train track outside of the city. Thirteen years earlier, he and his sister went missing, presumed to be victims of notorious serial killer Jurek Walter. He is now serving a life sentence in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.
            The only way to save the boy’s sister is to get Jurek to reveal his secrets. Now Detectives Joona Linna and Saga Bauer will have to go deep undercover and beat Jurek at his own game before it’s too late.

About the Author

LARS KEPLER is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their internationally best-selling Joona Linna series has sold more than thirteen 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.

Praise For…

Praise for The Sandman:
“With its tight, staccato chapters and cast of dangerous wraiths lurking everywhere, The Sandman is a nonstop fright.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"The Sandman sends us off to dreamland with a nightmare that can make us happy." —Ken Tucker, The New York Times Book Review

“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.” —Jonathan Elderfield, Associated Press 

“Kepler — actually the husband-and-wife team of Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril — is really good at this stuff. The chapters are short, the characters deftly drawn, and the action churns along.” –Richard Lipez, The Washington Post

"[A] marvel: utterly unnerving, bordering on horror, dripping with suspense throughout.” –Entertainment Weekly

“[A] thrilling crime novel that will keep you awake until you read the final page.” —Paste Magazine

“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.” —New York Journal of Books 

“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.” —Elyse Dinh-McCrillis, Shelf Awareness

“I had been hearing about Lars Kepler’s Joona Linna series of crime novels for years and have finally gotten around to reading them. I had really been missing out. . . . Do you enjoy getting scared out of your wits? Then I suggest you read The Sandman.” —Vick Mickunas, Dayton Daily News

“Sensational ... like meeting Hannibal Lecter all over again - twice.” —Lee Child

“Kepler doesn’t pull any punches, and his care in creating characters will make readers deeply invested in their fates.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“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.” —Booklist, starred review
“More dark psychological thriller than police procedural, this shiver-inducing read will have you turning pages until the cliff-hanger ending.” —Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525433057
ISBN-10: 0525433058
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date: January 8th, 2019
Pages: 528
Series: Joona Linna