‘Stalker’ by Lars Kepler
WHO: Lars Kepler
(a pseudonym for the husband-and-wife writing team Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril)
WHAT: STALKER, a novel
WHEN: Published by Knopf February 5, 2019
WHERE: The authors live in Stockholm.
WHY: A #1 international bestseller is now available in the US
“A page-turning hunt for an expertly camouflaged killer…
“After faking his death to protect his family from a serial killer in The Sandman, legendary detective Joona Linna returns to Stockholm hoping to clear his friend, renowned psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark, of serial murder charges.
“Margot Silverman, the National Police’s new expert on serial killers, has moved into Linna’s office but hasn’t yet managed to step into his shoes. She and her partner are hunting a killer who taunts police with voyeuristic videos taken through his victims’ windows moments before he strikes. Hoping to use hypnosis to draw clues from a witness’ memory, Margot consults Bark. For
“Bark, the new case awakens the shameful memory of a hauntingly similar crime. Years ago, he discarded alibi information that his patient, Rocky Kyrklund, revealed under hypnosis, and Kyrklund was subsequently (wrongfully?) convicted of murder. In a startling turn, Bark faces police scrutiny when he’s connected to each of the new killer’s victims. His only hope is Linna, who suspects the killer is the Preacher, a malevolent shadow buried in Kyrklund’s memories.
“Kepler delivers a page-turning hunt for an expertly camouflaged killer that draws shocking connections between the hallowed halls of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm’s prostitution and drug scene, and Sweden’s rural churches. The author’s dark, complex procedurals are must-reads for readers drawn to Stieg Larsson, Mons Kallentoft, and Michael Connelly.” –Christine Tran, in a starred review for BOOKLIST
“A stellar novel. Kepler does a masterful job of elevating the serial killer thriller beyond genre cliches and tropes…The reveal of the stalker’s identity is a genuine gut-punch.”
–PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, in boxed and starred review
“Vintage Kepler.” –KIRKUS REVIEWS
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Translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith.
Knopf. 551 pages. $27.95
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