The Nightmare

A Novel

Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Volume 2)

Lars Kepler; Translated from the Swedish by Laura A. Wideburg

Sarah Crichton Books

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Lars Kepler returns with a piercing, bestselling sequel to The Hypnotist

After spellbinding audiences in The Hypnotist, Detective Inspector Joona Linna is back in The Nightmare, an internationally bestselling Swedish thriller published to critical acclaim in dozens of countries. As the Swedish newspaper Arbetarbladet put it, “The reader is ready to sell his own soul for the opportunity to read this book without interruption, in one sitting.”

On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, and the forensics team is sure that she drowned. Why, then, is the pleasure boat still afloat, and why are there no traces of water on her clothes or body?

The next day, a man turns up dead in his state apartment in Stockholm, hanging from a lamp hook. All signs point to suicide, but the room has a high ceiling, and there’s not a single piece of furniture around—nothing to climb on.

Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, but the logistics are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events. At its core, the most frightening aspect of The Nightmare isn’t its gruesome crimes—it’s the dark psychology of its characters, who show us how blind we are to our own motives.

 

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A cold shiver runs down Penelope Fernandez’s spine. Her heart beats faster and she darts a look over her shoulder. Perhaps she feels a sense of foreboding of what’s to come as her day progresses.
In spite of the television studio’s heat, Penelope’s face feels chilled. Maybe the sensation is left over from her time in makeup when the cold powder puff was pressed to her skin and the peace-dove hair clip was taken out so they could rub in the mousse that would make her hair fall in serpentine locks.

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Writing duo Lars Kepler discusses audiobooks, Sweden, and their new novel The Nightmare.

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Lars Kepler; Translated from the Swedish by Laura A. Wideburg

Lars Kepler is a pseudonym for a literary couple who live and write in Sweden.

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The Nightmare
A Novel
Lars Kepler; Translated from the Swedish by Laura A. Wideburg

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sarah Crichton Books
July 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466820166
ISBN10: 1466820160
512 pages
$2.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
July 2012
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427222541
ISBN10: 1427222541
Audio Run Time: 16:00
$39.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
July 2012
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427222558
ISBN10: 142722255X
Audio Run Time: 16:00
$19.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
January 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250024107
ISBN10: 1250024102
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 528 pages
$16.00
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