The Nightmare

Author(s): Lars Kepler


He knows your darkest dreams. Then he makes them come true.


Stockholm, Sweden.

 On a summer's evening a young woman's body is discovered aboard an abandoned boat. The likely cause of death is drowning, but her clothes are completely dry.

A man is found hung in his apartment. His death looks like suicide, although there is nothing to climb on to reach the ceiling.

On the surface the deaths seem unconnected but Detective Inspector Joona Linna suspects something more sinister. He discovers that the woman is the sister of Penelope Fernandez, spokesperson for a peace organisation. The hanging man is Carl Palmcrona, General Director of a Swedish Arms committee. A killer is at large with more targets suspected. Contracts have been broken and blood will be shed.

The one certainty is that only Joona Linna can stop the nightmare...


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'One of the most exciting Swedish crime novels of recent years! It doesn't get much better than this.' Goteborgsposten


'Once again the authors have succeeded in making themselves stand out in this torrent of Swedish crime novels.' Helsingborgs Dagblad


'The reader is ready to sell his own soul for the opportunity to read this book without interruption, at one sitting.' Arbetarbladet

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril & Alexander Ahndoril, both critically-acclaimed writers under their own names.


Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril's first novel, Castle of Stars, has been translated in several languages while Alexander Ahndoril's novel, The Director, about Ingmar Bergman, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. They live in Sweden.


The Nightmare is the second in a series featuring Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The first novel in the series, The Hypnotist, has sold over half a million copies in Sweden and has been a bestseller wherever it has been published to date.

General Fields

  • : 9780007414499
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • : Blue Door
  • : December 2011
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lars Kepler
  • : Paperback
  • : 512
  • : 833.92
  • : 400