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Product Details

  • Series: Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books; First Edition edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374115338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374115333
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Mark Bramhall follows his success with Kepler’s THE HYPNOTIST to envelop listeners in another thriller featuring detective Joona Linna…Bramhall is a maestro of the musical cadences of endless Swedish proper names and locations. The unfamiliar words, definite tongue-twisting challenges, are rendered perfectly, or at least perfectly believably to American ears. Bramhall orchestrates the highs and lows of both inflection and emotion, as well as tenderness and error. He carefully sorts dozens of characters with simple vocal and emotional color, including the teams of police officers. The challenges of this narration are all met – brilliantly.” AudioFile Magazine, AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

“This is a crime fiction with real depth, multifaceted characters and a relentless, pounding pace.” – BookPage

“Narrator Mark Bramhall smoothly handles tongue-twisting Nordic names, and sets a pace that allows the listener to properly process the often-perplexing events without diminishing their chilling effect.” – Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on July 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Short version: THE NIGHTMARE is one of those books that is so good, you never want it to end.

Long version: Lars Kepler is the pen name for the Swedish husband and wife writing team of Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril. Both have had works published separately, but have attracted particular attention worldwide with THE HYPNOTIST, their debut novel that introduced Swedish police investigator Joona Linna. THE NIGHTMARE is Kepler's sophomore effort (a third installment has already been published in Sweden), and it is even better than its predecessor. Unforgettable characters dip and swirl through a complex and chilling plot, which in turn is loaded with suspense and action. There is something for everyone here.

Linna is the smartest person in the room at any given point, a legend within his own department, to the consternation of some and the adoration of others. So it is that his skills and talents are in demand for the more bizarre law enforcement investigations, those that match the DLR (Don't Look Right) criteria. Two of those are introduced within the first few chapters of THE NIGHTMARE. The first involves the discovery of the body of a young woman, sitting dead in the cabin of a yacht. Her lungs are filled with water, yet her clothes and body are dry. The reader knows a little, but certainly not all, of how this came to be, and witnessing how Linna puts things together is worth the price of admission all by itself.

The second concerns an apparent suicide by hanging. The dead man, who holds an important position in a Swedish oversight committee, is found in the middle of his living room, hanging from a high beam. The question is raised as to how he got there. Linna figures it out, but something still is not right.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"The Nightmare," by Lars Kepler (a husband and wife writing team), is a police procedural with a political slant. As the story opens, twenty-four year old Penelope Fernandez, an activist and spokesperson for the Swedish Peace and Reconciliation Society, appears on television to speak out against avaricious businessmen who smuggle armaments to war-torn countries. Subsequently, a criminal mastermind orders a vicious assassin to methodically take out anyone whom he judges to be a threat. Penelope and her boyfriend, Björn, are soon on the run from a hired killer who is an expert in hand-to-hand combat, explosives, and firearms.

The protagonist, Detective Inspector Joona Linna of the National Criminal Investigation Department, analyzes a crime scene better than anyone, has an intuitive grasp of most situations, and acts intelligently and decisively in a crisis. Linna and with his colleagues from various law enforcement agencies are pushed to their limits when they track down one of the most lethal killers Sweden has ever known. The plot focuses on an incriminating photograph, the suicide of a major government official, a former violinist virtuoso who is haunted by distressing memories, and a wealthy and influential man who delights in making people's worst nightmares come true. The violence is off the charts; corpses pile up so rapidly that appalling carnage quickly becomes routine.

Kepler pads his overwrought and lengthy narrative with a large cast of characters, most of whom play minor roles.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debra Hamel VINE VOICE on August 8, 2012
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The Nightmare is the second book in Lars Keplar's series featuring Swedish detective Joona Linna, a smart, sometimes almost prescient policeman who, this book hints, is haunted by some sort of tragedy. This time around Joona is investigating the murder of a young woman on an abandoned boat, a crime that winds up having connections to a much larger complex of crimes. The book is a page turner, and Joona is a very likeable protagonist. I enjoyed this book a bit more than The Hypnotist, the first book in Keplar's series, which lost its focus, I think, by telling the story from too many different perspectives. The one thing that bothered me about The Nightmare was the character of Saga Bauer, a policewoman who winds up working with Joona. She's a competent female in a man's world and she's very sensitive about misogynstic slights, to the point of throwing quite unprofessional hissy fits now and again. I found that hard to believe. But this series started well and got better: I look forward to reading more from the author.

-- Debra Hamel
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gig on June 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a mystery reader (a lover esp. of international mysteries), a fiction and non-fiction reader, and one who teaches American literature, I am usually forgiving of novels that are poorly written, since I find that there is value in even the most miserably written work. But I would have to say that this book could be one of the worst books I've ever read: the plot is ridiculous--a villain who pops up for real only in the last l50 pages of the book, and who needs to know one's nightmare (he exacts confessions from his victims to violin music--somehow conveying the eternal quality of their bond). Character formation is sketchy, and what happens to each character ridiculous: e.g., one character gets repeatedly shot in horrible places, and yet recovers in less than a week. Since there are two writers of this book, there is considerable overlap: one chapter contains information contained in an earlier chapter. Generally, the writing is horrible (everything in the present tense--I guess to convey "action." Run--do not walk--from this nightmare of a book.
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