Lars Kepler & The Sandman

According to Janet Maslin in The New York Times, this couple created “A Monster in the Mold of Hannibal Lector”.


She’s talking about the Swedish husband-and-wife writing team of Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril, who write under the name Lars Kepler. In a recent article in Publishers Weekly, “Knopf Bets on Another Scandinavian Author”, Jim Milliot talks about the publisher’s reboot of Lars Kepler’s books in the United States.


The Sandman is the first of the books to be released with new translations in the U.S. And, the authors will be at The Poisoned Pen on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 PM to discuss their books.


Plan to be here to meet these international publishing stars. If you can’t be at the Pen that night, you can order a signed copy through the Web Store.

Here’s the summary of The Sandman.

“Sensational … like meeting Hannibal Lecter all over again – twice.” —Lee Child

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.