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The Nightmare | [Lars Kepler]

The Nightmare

The chilling phenomenon begins again. On a summer night the dead body of a woman is found on board an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around in the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, but there are no traces of this water on her clothes or other parts of her body. Detective Inspector Joona Linna takes up the case. Forensics state that it was a simple drowning, that she must have been pulled aboard the boat which explains the lack of brackish water.
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The chilling phenomenon begins again. On a summer night the dead body of a woman is found on board an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around in the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, but there are no traces of this water on her clothes or other parts of her body. Detective Inspector Joona Linna takes up the case. Forensics state that it was a simple drowning, that she must have been pulled aboard the boat which explains the lack of brackish water. But Joona knows better and suspects something much more sinister. The next day a man is found dead in his state apartment in Stockholm. The man is hanging in a noose from the lamp-hook in the ceiling. How did it happen? The room has a high ceiling with no furniture, absolutely nothing to climb on. Nevertheless Linna is convinced that it is suicide. Of course he is right. The man has committed suicide, but this fact doesn't close the case. It is only a prelude to a dizzyingly intense and dangerous course of events. There are certain agreements which cannot be broken off, not even if you are dead.

©2012 Lars Kepler (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

“A pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash.” (Financial Times)

“A pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash.” (Financial Times)

“One of the most exciting Swedish crime novels of recent years…It doesn’t get much better than this.” (Göteborgsposten)

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    This is a thoroughly entertaining scandi-crime tale. Very much in the Jo Nesbo mould (without the serial killers and with a more politically related storyline). There are some implausabilities every now and again but overall it is a rollicking and highly enjoyable story. Sean Barrett is one of my favourite narrators and he does another great job to boot.


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    Sherri Guildford, Australia 09-06-13
    Sherri Guildford, Australia 09-06-13 Member Since 2009

    Australian, living in beautiful central Victoria. Audio book addict otherwise fairly well balanced.

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    ""I suppose the the title held a clue""

    I love my Scandinavian crime but had a to drop out of this one before the end.
    Great main character, perfectly narrated by the master but too violent, too many extra characters introduced just so they could be tortured or done away with - too much Mr Kepler. It actually reduces the tension and increases the eye rolling. I suppose the title held a clue. Should have paid more attention.

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    "Non-stop Thrills- Written with a Film in Mind?"

    If you're looking for a book that's not long on character studies but is really rich in sheer thrills and action, then this could be the one for you. I was totally gripped by this novel from 'take-off to landing' and like all good thrillers, I just couldn't leave it alone! I could well imagine that the author(s) had the cinema in mind when they put this one together and it would make the transfer well I think. Central character Detective Joona Linna (a very sober Harry Hole type) is fascinating and potentially he could be compelling. Would just love to know more about him.....sometimes though you just can't have it all in one go, in one book. Sean Barrett is just SUPERB as always!

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    "The nightmare"

    Brilliantly writen from first page to last. hold you throughout the lead detctive is clever and the villan rearly bad bad bad like a villan ought to be. not a book for the squeemish.

    I look forward to my next book by Kepler. also the narration is spot on I love these scandinavin thrillers.

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