Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril (b. 1966) and Alexander Ahndoril (b. 1967), authors of the No. 1 internationally bestselling Joona Linna series. With six installments to date, the series has sold ten million copies in 40 languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published several acclaimed novels.
Lars Kepler is the most successful author in Sweden.
ALEXANDRA COELHO AHNDORIL
Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril was born in 1966 to a Portuguese mother and a Swedish father, and grew up in Helsingborg on the south coast of Sweden. In the early 90s Alexandra moved to Stockholm to pursue a career in acting before changing her focus to the art of writing.
In 2003, she published her critically acclaimed debut novel Stjärneborg (Stjerneborg) about the life of astronomer Tycho Brahe. The novel received the Katapult Prize the following year, and was followed by Birgitta och Katarina (Birgitta and Katarina, 2006) about the life of Saint Birgitta of Sweden, and Mäster (2009), about the radical socialist August Palm.
In addition to her work as an author, Alexandra has also been a literary critic for two of Sweden’s largest newspapers, Göteborgs-Posten and Dagens Nyheter.
Alexander Ahndoril was born in 1967 in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm. Alexander made his literary debut at the age of 22 with the love story Den äkta kvinnan (The True Woman, 1989). He has since authored nine novels, screenplays, radio scripts and stage plays.
Among the works that have gathered most attention is Regissören (The Director, 2006) a novel about Ingmar Bergman. Regissören was nominated for several awards, including the prestigious Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and has been translated into 11 languages.