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The Rabbit Hunter


Joona Linna No. 6

Joona Linna has spent two years in a high security prison when he is taken off to attend a secret meeting. The police need his help to stop a mysterious killer who goes by the name of the Rabbit Hunter. The only connection between the victims is that they all hear a child chanting a rhyme about rabbits before the killer strikes. A quirk of fate unexpectedly places celebrity chef Rex Müller at the centre of events. He is about to look after his son Sammy for the first time. But instead of three relaxing weeks, he finds himself in a terrifying fight for survival. Joona Linna and Saga Bauer are forced to work together in secret to put a stop to the Rabbit Hunter before it’s too late.

You never know what fate has in store for you, or what might catch up with you if you don’t start running right now.

Thriller maestro Lars Kepler is back with a new page-turner about Detective Superintendent Joona Linna.

The Rabbit Hunter was the most sold novel in Sweden of 2016, and the most sold crime novel in Norway of 2016.


“Lars Kepler’s sixth police procedural delivers a work in the class of Stieg Larsson. /…/ The married pair Ahndoril, a.k.a. the pseudonym Lars Kepler, filled the void that came when Larsson died far too young, with their series featuring the Finnish killing machine Detective Joona Linna, and his female colleague at the Secret Service, the chic and smart Saga Bauer. They deliver the same reverberating product, the same sparse language with a left turn into labyrinthine conspiracies /…/ The couple writes professionally and deftly. /…/ everything is served efficiently suspenseful at top speed.”
“[Lars Kepler’s] sixth installment about Detective Joona Linna, The Rabbit Hunter, quivers with thrilling suspense, and already from the first chapter you are trapped like a frightened and blinded animal, mentally handcuffed by the horror in the plot. Kepler delivers as always, and this time it’s a very vibrating, psychological suspense novel /…/ Lars Kepler is first and foremost a synonym for truly skillfully crafted crime thrillers /…/ It’s simply undiluted, furious entertainment, and horrifyingly good at that.”
“Lars Kepler, a.k.a. Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril, writes novels that are almost crafted like screenplays, with short chapters and rapid scene shifts. It makes the novel, the sixth in the series about the charismatic Joona Linna, almost impossible to put down. /…/ Is 576 pages too many? Not at all. There are no pauses in the novel. /…/ Lots of action in combination with a number of settings, points of no return, so you just have to keep reading. Will there be a sequel? I really hope so. And soon, please.”
“When the Swedish author duo Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril, alias Lars Kepler, takes off with their new novel about Police Detective Joona Linna it’s like putting oneself in a swing with a clear view of the sky and glimpses into hell. The Rabbit Hunter is not a novel for quick readers. It should be digested in smaller portions. Bit by bit, in order for the linguistic subtleties to be allowed to grow. The author duo is eminent in creating a distinctive tone: ”the years have been rough on Grace, tearing the young girl out of her, leaving an aged woman”. Something that simple, and so linguistically vibrating. Then add to it a forceful crime action, and it makes this novel a veritable masterpiece.”
“Brutal, bloody – and intensely suspenseful: Lars Kepler doesn’t write crime novels for weaklings. The Rabbit Hunter is a brilliant thriller for hardcore readers who can take a beating. By combining traditional crime with the breathless intensity of the thriller genre, Kepler has created a success formula of international caliber. /…/ Kepler is a master at letting horror creep into the seemingly harmless. /…/ Kepler writes with a stylistic and genre conscious elegance and intensity that impresses. If you’re fond of crime and suspense, this isn’t a novel that you can easily put down. The chapters are short, the shift between scenes effective, and the thrilling cliffhangers frequent. /…/ The most important thing for a suspense novel is that it is suspenseful. And that we believe in and care for the characters that populate the pages. The Rabbit Hunter fulfills both requirements. If you are softhearted, sensitive and easily frightened, this novel is not for you. For us inveterate crime novel readers, Lars Kepler is a delight to read.”
“Lars Kepler is a master at thrilling cliffhangers. /…/ the language flows, the intensity is boiling and Kepler makes us believe in the protagonists. Joona [Linna] is a character that you enjoy spending time with, it’s as simple as that.”
“[The Rabbit Hunter] is completely spellbindingly suspenseful. It is virtually impossible to put it down before all 520 pages are read in one sitting, it is that good. And exactly that is what makes this novel Kepler’s best one to date. It’s an accomplishment to maintain the suspense through so many pages.”
“It is with a pounding pulse and heart in my mouth that I put down Lars Kepler’s latest novel The Rabbit Hunter. The genre, suspense thriller, indicates just how intense a ride this will be. The pauses for breath are few in the company of Detective Inspector Joona Linna. I’m on the edge of my seat right up until the very last page /…/ Lars Kepler writes with a momentum that is at times unbearable. The story takes unexpected turns and with a wink to Sjöwall & Wahlöö it reveals shortcomings with the police that we would rather not know about. The intensity is undiluted, with few breaks in the form of environmental depictions. It’s violent, bloody and completely uninhibited when the serial killer sets off like a target missile.”
“Brutal suspense at a break-neck pace /…/ The authors, ie Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, the ones behind the pseudonym Lars Kepler, are sticking to what have made their novels into a success story: uncompromising cruelty, a fast pace, and suspense.”
“Lars Kepler is so skilled that I completely surrender: they start off at full speed and then raise the momentum even more as the vengeful rabbit hunter gains on the protagonists.”
“The authors behind Lars Kepler, Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril, write in a stylish, visual and aromatic prose that is essential for grabbing hold of the reader.”