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In This Spellbinding International Bestseller, a Murder Leaves Only One Route to the Killer
 
Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide, all the victims from the same family, captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the grisly murdersagainst the wishes of the national police. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered.
 
But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is an intended victimthe boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes intended for this boy to die: he has suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Hes in no condition to be questioned.
 
Desperate for information, Linna sees one mode of recourse: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes. Its the sort of work that Bark had sworn he would never do againethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.
 
A number-one bestselling international sensation sure to please fans of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, The Hypnotist is the first novel in a series, soon to be published in thirty-three countries. With its pulse-pounding hooks and twists, it announces a stirring new contribution to the annals of crime fiction.

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"The brutal slaying of gambling addict Anders Ek, his wife, and his younger daughter propels this outstanding thriller debut from the pseudonymous Kepler (a Swedish literary couple), introducing Stockholm detective Joona Linna. Only Ek's 15-year-old son, Josef, left for dead at his parents' house, survives. Realizing that the vicious killer is likely to also target an older daughter no longer living at home, Linna asks Erik Maria Bark, a trauma physician who practiced hypnosis before being banned from using the technique 10 years earlier, to hypnotize the seriously injured Josef in the hospital. When Josef later escapes from the hospital and Bark's teenage son, Benjamin, is kidnapped, the ensuing frantic search raises the ante. Flashbacks to Bark's hypnosis therapy group reveal that one patient became suicidal in the course of revisiting her past. A well-integrated subplot involving a gang of terrifying boys and girls adds to the suspense. Readers will look forward to seeing more of Linna in what one hopes will be a long series. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A New York Times Bestseller

In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, Detective Inspector Joona Linna has been assigned to a gruesome triple homicide. The killer is still at large, and theres only one surviving witness---the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. With one hundred knife wounds on his body, the boy lies in a state of shock, scared into silence. Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes. Its the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again---ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.

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A Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction book for 2011
One of the Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Mysteries of the Year 2011
 

Prepare for The Hypnotist to cast its spell

In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and theres only one surviving witness—the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: hes suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes.

 
Its the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.
 
An international sensation, The Hypnotist is set to appear in thirty-seven countries, and it has landed at the top of bestseller lists wherever its been published—in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark. Now its Americas turn. Combining the addictive power of the Stieg Larsson trilogy with the storytelling drive of The Silence of the Lambs, this adrenaline-drenched thriller is spellbinding from its very first page.

About the Author

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

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RRoseb3424, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by RRoseb3424)
In the aftermath of a horrific murder in which an entire family has been attacked, the only survivor at the scene is a young boy who is covered with stab wounds. Detective Joona Linna insists that the attending physician call in a doctor, who in the past has specialized in hypnosis. This is a last ditch effort to try and reach out to the boy, who may soon succumb to his wounds. Dr. Erik Maria Bark has not used hypnotism as medical tool for years because of a promise he made. With the boy's life hanging by a thread, Dr. Bark reluctantly agrees to try hypnosis to get the boy to recount what happened to his family and possibly describe the murderer. What emerges is a tale that sounds as though it was the boy who murdered his family. The repercussions of Dr. Bark's hypnosis of the boy are far reaching. Did the boy actually kill the family members in his house? Is his older sister, who was not at home at the time of the murder, also a target? Is someone else out to kill all the members of this family and why? Dr. Bark is professionally and personally rebuked for using hypnosis on this young boy, even though the child was teetering between life and death. His wife chooses this time to leave him. In the midst of this fallout, Dr. Bark's son, who has a life threatening blood disorder, is kidnapped. Dr. Bark is haunted by the loss of his wife and son as well as by mistakes he has make in the past while using hypnosis. Is the kidnapping related to the murders? Are Bark and his family now targets of the murder? Detective Linna has his hands full trying to solve the murders and find the doctor's son.
This book has great depth both in plot and characters. The authors masterfully blend various subplots to bring the story to a satisfactory end. The characters are rich and full bodied. Swedish Detective Joona Linna is like a Canadian Mountie, who is determined to always get his man. When he does, however, he wants, no, needs to hear that he was right. Even the secondary characters are imbued with small quirks and nuances to give them life. For those of you who say, "What, another Swedish thriller?", I say if they are all as good as this one, keep them coming. This book was provided for review by the well read folks at Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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Robin Barton-Smith, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Robin Barton-Smith)
With parallel but intertwined plots, the Keplars (a pair of authors) kept me reading much too long after I should have been asleep and then kept me awake thinking about what I'd read. Another excellent book from the Swedes who seem to love police procedurals as much as the British and we Americans do.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374173951
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Kepler, Lars
Author:
Delargy, Marlaine
Author:
Long, Ann
Publisher:
Sarah Crichton Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers/Suspense
Subject:
Mystery & Detective/International Mystery & Crime
Subject:
Thrillers/Crime
Subject:
noir
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20110621
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 2 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The brutal slaying of gambling addict Anders Ek, his wife, and his younger daughter propels this outstanding thriller debut from the pseudonymous Kepler (a Swedish literary couple), introducing Stockholm detective Joona Linna. Only Ek's 15-year-old son, Josef, left for dead at his parents' house, survives. Realizing that the vicious killer is likely to also target an older daughter no longer living at home, Linna asks Erik Maria Bark, a trauma physician who practiced hypnosis before being banned from using the technique 10 years earlier, to hypnotize the seriously injured Josef in the hospital. When Josef later escapes from the hospital and Bark's teenage son, Benjamin, is kidnapped, the ensuing frantic search raises the ante. Flashbacks to Bark's hypnosis therapy group reveal that one patient became suicidal in the course of revisiting her past. A well-integrated subplot involving a gang of terrifying boys and girls adds to the suspense. Readers will look forward to seeing more of Linna in what one hopes will be a long series. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

A New York Times Bestseller

In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, Detective Inspector Joona Linna has been assigned to a gruesome triple homicide. The killer is still at large, and theres only one surviving witness---the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. With one hundred knife wounds on his body, the boy lies in a state of shock, scared into silence. Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes. Its the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again---ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.

"Synopsis" by ,
A Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction book for 2011
One of the Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Mysteries of the Year 2011
 

Prepare for The Hypnotist to cast its spell

In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and theres only one surviving witness—the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: hes suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes.

 
Its the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.
 
An international sensation, The Hypnotist is set to appear in thirty-seven countries, and it has landed at the top of bestseller lists wherever its been published—in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark. Now its Americas turn. Combining the addictive power of the Stieg Larsson trilogy with the storytelling drive of The Silence of the Lambs, this adrenaline-drenched thriller is spellbinding from its very first page.

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