The Sandman

The Sandman

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“With its tight, staccato chapters and cast of dangerous wraiths lurking everywhere, The Sandman is a nonstop fright.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

The #1 internationally best-selling thriller from the author of The Hypnotist tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must try to beat him at his own game.


Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden's most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek's capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael's sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it's too late--and before he gets inside her head.

Baker & Taylor
The internationally best-selling author of The Hypnotist presents the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and two brilliant police agents who must hold fast to their sanity to beat him at his own game and rescue a girl who went missing 13 years earlier.

Baker
& Taylor

Two brilliant police agents must hold fast to their sanity to beat a manipulative serial killer at his own game and rescue a girl who went missing thirteen years earlier.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2018
ISBN: 9781524732240
Branch Call Number: M KEPLER 2018
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew), - Translator

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dsw3914
Jan 14, 2019

I liked this one a lot. While it was long for me (440+ pages and an epilogue, 181 very short chapters), there was not nearly as much filler stuff as I expected. I loved that there was very little philosophical navel-gazing! What little there was was relevant to the story. Mostly, it was conversation and things happening. The ending was such that there can be a sequel so I look for to that. I think it will be worth your time if you enjoy these types of books.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 21, 2018

I really love Lars Kepler’s works, and I believe that their horror novels are some of the best out there. This book did nothing but strengthen that statement. Joona Linna, a brilliant detective, is back and after finding a man who should have been killed by a notorious serial killer, he tries to solve the case. While he solves that case, he realizes that this goes far deeper than he had originally thought. As always, Kepler kept me on the edge of my seat with their detailed, toe-curling descriptions of gruesome acts and scenes. Though their books are covered with gore and blood, they don’t just use that for shock factor, and it always ties in nicely with the plot, which is equally as horrifying. In conclusion, I would rate this book a 9/10.
@Sonorous of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Lovestoread5 Nov 03, 2018

Excellent! Suspenseful, mysterious, and I couldn't put it down! Very scary and well written. Great for the Halloween season. I will definitely check out more out by this author.

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LauraSteinert
Jul 09, 2018

One of the best series coming from Scandinavia these days. This is my second reading of this book, and it was just as good the second time through. This team finds a wonderful balance of giving us enough detail without overwhelming us with mind-numbing drivel. (If you loved the violence and sex and violent sex of the "Girl Who" series, this might be too tame for you.)

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loudem
May 02, 2016

Roller coaster ride. Some longish sections. Good book overall. Seems that Joona Linna took second fiddle to sidekick Saga. And what's the deal with all those chapter?

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onlyonemo
Aug 20, 2015

Exceptionally formulaic, but I do like a reliable formula when my brain's gone to sleep in mid-summer.

While detective Joona Linna continues to have convenient migraines to ratchet up tension when the plot starts to plod, this was still the most thrilling in the series so far. As in TV series that follow similar arcs, the detective's personal crisis is finally front and centre, after plenty of foreshadowing in previous novels. Feels like we are 1 novel away from the season finale.

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marinka
Aug 09, 2015

The formulaic "super cop" meets "super villain" story. Incredibly suspenseful, a real page turner, but at the same time, absurdly far fetched. I agree with the past reviewer about the necessity of suspension of disbelief. OK read because it managed the suspense so well but the story was a bit absurd.

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curtlegit
Jun 23, 2015

Could not put the book down until the very last page, a must read for those wanting a suspenseful mystery.

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stewartsa112
Jun 09, 2015

Not the best Joona Linna book in the series. The plot was a bit far fetched and required the reader's suspension of disbelief, however it was entertaining. A better read was The Hypnotist.

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BS2736
May 07, 2015

The Lars Keplar books are not even worth a try. There are more and more Nordic mystery novels of poor quality and Keplar's books are prime examples. They have nothing to do with the worthwhile books of Swojal and Wahloo, Mankell and Larsson. This is the last one I will attempt to read.

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