A Killer Instinct Novel - The Joona Linna Series
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.
“Sensational… like meeting Hannibal Lecter all over again—twice.”
“With its tight, staccato chapters and cast of dangerous wraiths lurking everywhere, The Sandman is a nonstop fright.”
Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“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 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.”
“[A] thrilling crime novel that will keep you awake until you read the final page.”