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The Sandman


Joona Linna No. 4

During a cold winter night in Stockholm, a man is found walking alongside a railway bridge, suffering from hypothermia and legionnaires’ disease. After he’s rushed to the hospital, it’s discovered that according to records the man has been dead for over seven years. He is believed to be a victim of notorious serial killer Jurek Walter, arrested years ago by Detective Inspector Joona Linna and sentenced to a life of total isolation in forensic psychiatric care. As Joona Linna investigates where the “dead man” has been all these years, some unexpected evidence leads to the reopening of a cold case. Danger is imminent, and someone needs to get under the skin and inside the mind of the serial killer – fast – before they run out of time.

The fourth installment in the Joona Linna series, The Sandman took the world by storm when it became an instant No. 1 bestseller in nine countries. Sinister and full of nuanced detail, the novel showcases Lars Kepler’s unrivaled gift for crafting plots as original as they are dark.

The most sold crime novel in Sweden of 2012.
Selected by the Evening Standard as “One of the best novels of 2014.”


Published: 2012

Pages: 517

“The Sandman is Nordic noir at its best: a modern, nightmarish fairytale with an heroic, intuitive policeman, a monstrous villain and a maiden in distress. Kepler’s effective use of short chapters quickens the exhilarating pace of the narrative and the unexpected ending increases the enigma that is Joona Linna.”
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
“Far more energetic than Henning Mankell, as socially involved as Larsson but a better writer, Kepler matches the great Jo Nesbø for gothic excitement.”
The Australian, Australia
“The Sandman was so frightening it nearly gave me a nervous breakdown.”
Evening Standard, UK
“Kepler’s plots are always thrilling, but The Sandman is one of the most hair-raising crime novels published this year.”
Sunday Times, UK
“A perfect summer read /…/ It’s been a long time since I read a book that was this thrilling. I was still thinking about the characters long after I finished reading The Sandman.”
SIÓ/, Iceland
“Negative critics can go and shoot themselves right away – that is, if they’ve momentarily thought they’ve read anything better in this particular genre.”
Verdens Gang, Norway
“You shouldn’t start reading this novel if you have things that need to get done the next few days.”
Oppland Arbeiderblad, Norway
“Above all it is the originality of the story that captivates the reader. The Sandman is not a crime novel with blood splatters, but is all the same extremely intense because of the twisted logic of the criminal mind.”
Hamar Arbeiderblad, Norway
“As has been necessary with all previous thrillers by Kepler: Keep an oxygen tank close at hand.”
Frankfurter Stadtkurier, Germany
“Gripping, chilling, paranoid – the most suspenseful crime novel of the year.”
SüdhessenWoche local, Germany