Stalker

Stalker

Joona Linna #5

The Stockholm Police are sent a video of a woman being candidly filmed through her window. They conclude that in order to make the film, its creator must have been standing in the garden just outside. The next day the woman is found dead in her home, and the viciousness of her killing shocks even the most seasoned of the investigators called to the scene.

A few days later, another clip is sent to the police. There is no way of identifying the woman before she, too, falls victim to a brutal attack. When the woman’s husband finds her, he is so traumatized that in a state of panic, he starts scrubbing away the evidence of the violence that has invaded his home. Even washing the blood from his wife’s body, he quietly puts her to bed, as if she were only sleeping. Chance is he has seen a clue vital to finding the killer, but the extreme shock has triggered a short-term memory loss and the police are unable to fully question him.

Criminal psychiatrist and hypnotist Dr. Erik Maria Bark is called in to hypnotize the husband, hoping to unlock his memories of the murder scene. But what Dr. Bark uncovers in his sessions has him deciding to hide the truth from the police.

It grows increasingly clear that the case cannot be solved without the help of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, the man who has been missing for more than a year and is presumed dead.

Stalker has topped countless international bestseller charts and been hailed as a masterpiece by both national and foreign press. The novel is the fifth installment in the No. 1 internationally bestselling series about Detective Inspector Joona Linna.

The most sold book in Sweden of 2014.

Reviews

  • “The story is incredibly dark and the reader will be caught between wanting to turn the page to read on and being too scared to do so.”

    ★★★★

    The Sun, UK

  • Stalker is terrifying yet hugely enjoyable to read but be warned, it may take you a while to sleep after you finish it.”

    ★★★★

    Daily Express, UK

  • “Lars Kepler's novels are always tense and graphically violent. Stalker is no exception. /…/ Stalker is darkly vivid, as Kepler creates nightmares with words.”

    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

  • “The book is long, but the telling remains tight and well-controlled throughout, with short chapters adding to the tension, and an exciting finale”

    Irish Independent, Ireland

  • “Lars Kepler had the Berlingske reviewer in a cold sweat thanks to their elegant Stalker.”

    ★★★★★

    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “It is impossible not to get goose bumps when you read the new Lars Kepler. /.../ a 615 page compulsive, gruesome page turner. /.../ a pretty possessive book on possessiveness.”

    ★★★★★

    Børsen, Denmark

  • “It is wild and raw, devilishly scary and devilishly well written.”

    ★★★★★

    Ekstra Bladet, Denmark

  • “Well-formed crime thriller that doesn’t let up for a second. /.../ Kepler delivers the goods yet again.”

    ★★★★★

    Adresseavisen, Norway

  • “[Stalker is] unbearably gripping and virtually impossible to put down once you have started to read.”

    Dagens Næringsliv, Norway

  • Stalker is a masterpiece in the thriller genre, I cannot think of any other way to label this book. The husband and wife team of Ahndoril-Coelho Ahndoril seem to inspire each other to greater heights when they write together. The storyline is pretty complicated... but you have no trouble keeping up with all the twists and turns. Certain passages are so infernally breath taking, that I had to put the down the book to let everything sink in.”

    Gefle Dagblad, Sweden

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Author
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Published
2014
Genre
  • Crime
Pages
602
Reading material

English edition

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Canada, McClelland & Stewart

Catalonia, Ara

Croatia, Fraktura

Czech Republic, Host

Denmark, Gyldendal

Estonia, Pegasus

Finland, Tammi

France, Actes Sud

Germany, Lübbe

Greece, Patakis

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Forlagid

Israel, Modan

Italy, Longanesi

Korea, Bookplaza

Latvia, Mansards

Lithuania, Media Incognito

Netherlands, Cargo

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Poland, Czarne

Portugal, Porto

Russia, Corpus

Slovakia, Ikar

Spain, Penguin Random House

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

UK, HarperCollins

US, Knopf

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