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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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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LESVAN8
Feb 09, 2015

This fourth book in the series is the best one so far - a real page turner with lots of twists. Ending frustrated me as now there's the wait for the next book.

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LindaMarion
Jan 29, 2015

I enjoyed this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat with its suspense. Bit too long and I didn't read every page because of this. But overall, a good book. Will continue to read Lar Kepler's books.

Helen100 Nov 17, 2014

This is the fourth book in the Joona Linna series. A prolific serial killer (Jurek Walter) has been in a maximum security psychiatric facility for years, serving a life sentence in isolation. A young man (Mikael) has been found walking by a railroad track, ill both mentally and physically. He and his sister were abducted years earlier and believed to be victims of Jurek Walter.

Joona has always believed that Jurek did not work alone. The Sandman tells of Joona’s attempts to find the accomplice and to locate Mikael’s sister before she dies.

I found this story quite implausible and Jurek Walter’s character absurd. I much preferred Lars Kepler’s The Fire Witness which kept me engaged right to the end. I do, however, recommend this book to those who like Kepler’s previous three novels in the series. Joona Linna is an interesting character and likeable – as is his associate, Saga Bauer. I also liked the fast pace of the book and the brief chapters which are perfect for the reader who is short on time.

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