Lars Kepler

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril (b. 1966) and Alexander Ahndoril (b. 1967), authors of the No. 1 internationally bestselling Joona Linna series. With six installments to date, the series has sold 13 million copies in 40 languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published several acclaimed novels.

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Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 and No. 3 in Norway

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus claims the No. 1 spot on the e-book bestseller list for the seventh week in a row in Norway. Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room likewise stays put on the official list, coming in No. 3 also this week.

The November bestseller lists in Sweden

On the official bestseller lists for November, Lars Kepler and Lazarus come in at No. 1 in the hardcover, audio and e-book categories. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice is No. 2 in the same three categories, and Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love is No. 4 in hardcover. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman comes in at No. 2 in paperback, and Anders de la Motte’s Dead of Winter is No. 4 on the e-book list.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official bestseller lists for the last week of November have been announced, and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus is back at No. 1 in hardcover and audio. Kepler also places second on the e-book list. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice appears at No. 4 on the hardcover list, additionally claiming the fourth and fifth place on the audio and e-book lists. Last in the hardcover category’s top five is Jonas Gardell and In Memory of an Unconditional Love, at No. 5.

The paperback list sees Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road shoot to No. 2. Jackson’s debut novel comes in fourth on the e-book list. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman also features on the paperback list, claiming the No. 3 spot.

Finishing this week’s bestseller list roundup is Ulf Lundell’s Weekdays, No. 3 in the audio category.

Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 and No. 3 in Norway

Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst reprise their performances on last week’s official Norwegian bestseller list for e-books, Kepler coming in at No. 1 with Lazarus and Horst at No. 3 with The Innermost Room.

Lars Kepler, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, Niklas Natt och Dag, Jonas Gardell, and Anders de la Motte on the Swedish bestseller lists

Today the official Swedish bestseller lists for week 46 and 47 (November 12-25th) were released. Week 46’s lists saw Lars Kepler’s Lazarus come in at No. 2 on the hardcover list and at No. 1 on both the audio and e-book lists. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice came in at No. 3 on the hardcover and audio lists, claiming also the No. 2 spot on the e-book one. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman made a repeat appearance at No. 2 on the paperback list.

Week 47’s lists feature an extended cast of bestselling authors and titles: Lars Kepler, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, and Niklas Natt och Dag stay put on the hardcover, e-book, audio and paperback lists, but are also joined by Jonas Gardell, whose In Memory of an Unconditional Love climbs the hardcover list once more to claim the No. 4 spot. Anders de la Motte’s Dead of Winter comes in just after, at No. 5. Dead of Winter also appears at No. 5 on the e-book list.

Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst on the Norwegian bestseller lists

On this week’s Norwegian bestseller lists, Lars Kepler’s Lazarus once again comes in at No. 1 in the e-book category. Jørn Lier Horst’s latest installment in the Cold Case Quartet, The Innermost Room, comes in at No. 3.

The most sold books of 2018 at Adlibris, Sweden’s biggest online retailer

Adlibris, Sweden’s biggest online retailer of books, has announced their most sold titles of 2018 thus far. The hardcover list is topped by Lars Kepler’s Lazarus at No. 1, followed by Leif GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career at No. 2, and Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love at No. 4.

Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman meanwhile claims No. 3 on the paperback list, which includes both fiction and nonfiction titles. Last out is the audiobook list, which also sees Kepler coming in at No. 1 with Lazarus, whilst Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 4, and GW Persson’s Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career is No. 5.

Lars Kepler, Jørn Lier Horst, and Stefan Ahnhem on the Norwegian bestseller lists

The official weekly bestseller lists from Norway see Lars Kepler’s Lazarus claim the No. 1 spot in the e-book category once again. The seventh Joona Linna novel also comes in at No. 5 on the hardcover list.

No. 2 on the e-book list is Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room, the second installment in the Cold Case Quartet. Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X, book four in the Fabian Risk series, takes home the last top three spot and comes in at No. 3.

‘Lazarus’ No. 1 in the Netherlands

Lars Kepler’s seventh installment in the Joona Linna series, Lazarus, was published by Cargo in the Netherlands last week and has gone straight to No. 1 on the official Dutch bestseller list for thrillers.

Lars Kepler, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, Niklas Natt och Dag, Leif GW Persson and Anders de la Motte on the Swedish bestseller lists

The second week of November sees Lars Kepler repeat last week’s feat of claiming three No. 1 placements on the official Swedish bestseller lists. Lazarus comes in first on the hardcover, e-book and audio list. It is closely followed by the sixth novel in Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s Sebastian Bergman series, A Higher Justice, which can be found at No. 2 on three lists as well: hardcover, e-book and audio. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman likewise stays put at No. 2, on the paperback list.

Leif GW Persson’s memoir, Master Detective Willy: the Story of My Career, reappears near the top of the nonfiction list, coming in at No. 4. Anders de la Motte’s bestselling Dead of Winter, the third novel in the Skåne Quartet, also climbs the lists, coming in at No. 5 in hardcover.

Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s seventh Joona Linna book, Lazarus, once again claims the No. 1 spot on the bestseller list for e-books in Norway. It’s followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room coming in at No. 3. Both novels similarly feature on the hardcover list, where Lazarus and The Innermost Room nab the No. 4 and No. 5 spots respectively.

Lars Kepler, Liza Marklund and Kristina Ohlsson on the Finnish bestseller list

The official Finnish bestseller lists for the month of October have been released and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus goes straight to No. 1 on the list for translated hardcover fiction. Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm enters at No. 3 on the same list and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Flood is No. 3 on the paperback list.

The October bestseller lists in Sweden

The official Swedish bestseller lists for the month of October are out, and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus takes home three No. 1 spots in the categories hardcover, audio and e-books. Jonas Gardell’s In Memory of an Unconditional Love claims the No. 5 position on the hardcover list, and Anders de la Motte comes in at No. 5 in the audio category with Dead of Winter. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is No. 3 on the paperback list and No. 5 on the e-book one.

Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst top the Norwegian bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s Lazarus continues to feature at the top of the Norwegian bestseller lists, this week coming in at No. 1 on the e-book list and No. 2 on the hardcover one. Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room comes in just after on the e-book list, at No. 2.

Lars Kepler, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, Niklas Natt och Dag and Anders de la Motte on the Swedish bestseller lists

Lars Kepler doesn’t budge from the top of the Swedish bestseller lists, coming in at No. 1 yet again with Lazarus. The novel is No. 1 in three categories also this week: hardcover, audio and e-books. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s just published A Higher Justice likewise claims multiple placements on the lists, coming in at No. 2 in hardcover and e-books. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman meanwhile climbs a spot to No. 2 on the paperback list. Anders de la Motte’s third stand-alone novel in the Skåne Quartet, Dead of Winter, comes in at No. 4 on the e-book list.

Lars Kepler, Anders de la Motte and Niklas Natt och Dag on the Swedish bestseller lists

Lars Kepler and Anders de la Motte both score hat-tricks on the Swedish bestseller lists this week. Lars Kepler does so by claiming the No. 1 spot on the hardcover, audio and e-book lists with the seventh Joona Linna novel, Lazarus. Anders de la Motte rakes home three No. 4 placements on the same lists with his Dead of Winter. On the paperback list, Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman stays put at No. 3.

Lars Kepler, Jørn Lier Horst and Stefan Ahnhem on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s just published Lazarus claims two of the top spots on the official weekly betseller lists in Norway. The novel comes in at No. 1 on the e-book list, and No. 2 in the hardcover category. Jørn Lier Horst’s long-running bestseller The Innermost Room comes in just after on the e-book list, claiming the No. 2 spot. Finally, at No. 3, is Stefan Ahnhem’s just published Motive X.

Lars Kepler dominates the Swedish bestseller lists, joined by Niklas Natt och Dag’s long-running bestseller

Lars Kepler’s just published Lazarus - the seventh Joona Linna novel - scores a hat trick on the official Swedish bestseller lists this week, coming in at No. 1 on the hardcover, audio and e-book lists. Niklas Natt och Dag’s long-running bestseller The Wolf and the Watchman comes in at No. 3 on the paperback list.

‘Lazarus’ published in Sweden

A dead man is found in an apartment in Oslo. The victim transpires to be an unknown grave defiler and trophy collector, and when the police open his kitchen freezer, they make a terrible discovery. A few days later, Joona Linna is contacted by a German police detective who asks for his help with a murder outside Rostock. Joona understands that the pattern he’s starting to see is insane, but at the same time it’s impossible to ignore.

Some would call it a miracle if someone returned from the dead – others would call it a nightmare.

The master of thrillers, Lars Kepler, is back with the seventh installment in the Joona Linna series.

Lars Kepler, Niklas Natt och Dag and Kristina Ohlsson on the Swedish bestseller lists

Lars Kepler’s upcoming seventh novel in the Joona Linna series is No. 1 on the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcover fiction for the fourth week of January. It is joined by Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1793 at No. 4. 1793 also makes an appearance on the e-book list and climbs to No. 2. Kristina Ohlsson’s The Flood claims the No. 4 spot on the paperback list.

2017’s most listened to audio books in Sweden

The audio book streaming services Storytel, Nextory and BookBeat have announced their most listened to books of 2017 in Sweden.

On the children’s and YA lists of Storytel and Nextory, Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep comes in at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Forssén Ehrlin’s second Sleep Series title, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep, appears at No. 5 on the Nextory list.

On BookBeat’s fiction list, Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter comes in at No. 2, Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog at No. 3, and Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst at No. 4. The list for fiction, crime titles excluded, is topped by Fredrik Backman’s Beartown at No. 1.

Lars Kepler, Leif GW Persson, Anders de la Motte and Jo Nesbø among the most sold in Sweden 2017

The official Swedish bestseller lists for 2017 have just been released, and Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter can be found at No. 2 on the list for fiction, closely followed by Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? at No. 5. Anders de la Motte dominates the bestseller lists for audio books and e-books with End of Summer, coming in at No. 1 on both lists. On the e-book list we also find Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst, at No. 4.

Anonymous Content options Lars Kepler’s ‘The Hypnotist’ and ‘The Sandman’ for TV and film

It is now official that Anonymous Content has optioned Lars Kepler’s Joona Linna Series, and will start with both a film adaptation of The Sandman which Kepler and Niclas Salomonsson will executive produce, and a TV series adaptation of The Hypnotist that Anonymous Content has set at Paramount Television through the company’s first look deal. Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin (The Revenant, Spotlight, True Detective) will executive produce the series, and they will produce the feature film.

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The Swedish bestseller lists for August

The official Swedish bestseller list for August is in, and Lars Kepler comes in at No. 2 on the paperback list with The Rabbit Hunter. Anders de la Motte’s End of Summer is right behind at No. 3, and Fredrik Backman occupies the No. 4 spot with Beartown.

Fredrik Backman also features at No. 4 on the hardcover list with his latest novel, Us Against You. On the audio book and e-book list Jens Lapidus comes in at No. 2 and No. 3 with Top Dog. Jonas Bonnier’s The Helicopter Heist is No. 4 on the audio list.

Jens Lapidus, Lars Kepler and Arne Dahl on the Swedish bestseller lists for July

Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog is No. 2 on the official Swedish hardcover bestseller list for the month of July. The novel also comes in at No. 2 on the e-book list, and No. 3 on the audiobook list.

On the list of most sold paperbacks, Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter makes yet another appearance, coming in at No. 4. Arne Dahl’s Watching You occupies the No. 4 position on the audiobook list.

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ No. 1 in Norway

Lars Kepler’s sixth installment in the Joona Linna series, The Rabbit Hunter, is No. 1 on the paperback list in Norway.

Jo Nesbø, Lars Kepler, Michael Katz Krefeld and Stefan Ahnhem on Krimimessen Horsens’ “Readers' Top 7”

The immensely popular “Crime Book Festival, Denmark” - also known as Krimimessen in Horsens - has announced a “Readers’ Top 7” list, wherein they have gathered the seven most beloved crime fiction novels of all time according to their voters. The No. 1 spot on the list goes to The Snowman by Jo Nesbø, the seventh installment in the Harry Hole series. It is followed by The Rabbit Hunter by Lars Kepler at No. 3, the entire Ravn series by Michael Katz Krefeld at No. 5, and Victim Without a Face by Stefan Ahnhem at No. 6.

Lars Kepler and Jo Nesbø No. 1 in Norway

Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter, just out in paperback, goes straight to No. 1 on the Norwegian bestseller list. Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst still holds the No. 1 spot on the eBook list.

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ No. 1 in Estonia

Lars Kepler’s sixth installment in the Joona Linna series, The Rabbit Hunter, was just published in Estonia and entered the Estonian bestseller list for hardcover fiction at No. 1.

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ No. 1 in Finland

The Finnish bestseller list for March has just been announced and Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter, published in Finland by mid-March, is No. 1 on the hardcover list for translated fiction.

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ No. 1 in the Czech Republic

Published by Host late last month, Lars Kepler’s sixth installment in the Joona Linna series, The Rabbit Hunter, is now No. 1 on the official bestseller list for hardcover fiction in the Czech Republic this month.

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ and ‘The Final Word’ No. 1 in Sweden

Lars Kepler’s sixth novel in the Joona Linna series, The Rabbit Hunter, claims the No. 1 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for fiction this February, with Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? following at No. 2. On the paperback list Ingar Johnsrud comes in at No. 3 with Those Who Follow, the first installment in his Fredrik Beier series.

The bestseller list for audiobooks is topped by Liza Marklund’s The Final Word, the eleventh and final novel featuring Annika Bengtzon. No. 2 on the list is Hjorth & Rosenfeldts Those Who Failed, and No. 3 is Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun. Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter makes a second appearance on the February list, on the audio book list’s No. 4 spot.

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ remains at No.1 in The Netherlands

Lars Kepler’s sixth installment in the Joona Linna series, The Rabbit Hunter, remains at the No. 1 spot on the Dutch bestseller list for hardcover fiction, for the second consecutive week.

Lars Kepler No. 1 in The Netherlands

Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter, just published by Cargo in the Netherlands, entered the Dutch bestseller list for hardcover fiction at No. 1 this week.
Thus, the novel has gone straight to the No. 1 spot upon publication in each respective country where it has been published so far (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands).

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ No. 1 in Denmark

Only three days after its publication, Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter went straight to No. 1 on the official bestseller list for hardcover fiction in Denmark. The Rabbit Hunter is the sixth novel in the series about Joona Linna.

Lars Kepler, Kristina Ohlsson and Ingar Johnsrud among 2016’s most sold in Finland

The list of 2016’s most sold foreign titles in Finland is in. At the top of the list is Lars Kepler’s stand-alone sci-fi thriller Playground. Playground is closely followed by two of Kristina Ohlsson’s newest titles, Mio’s Blues and Buried Lies, also known as the Martin Benner diptych. Ingar Johnsrud makes his mark on the list with the first installment in his Fredrik Beier series, Those Who Follow.

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ Most Sold Crime Novel of 2016 in Norway

The Rabbit Hunter, Lars Kepler’s sixth installment in the Joona Linna series, was the Most Sold Crime Novel of 2016 in Norway. The novel was published by Cappelen Damm in November 2016.

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ Most Sold Novel of the Year 2016

Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter, Joona Linna #6 (published on October 24th), was the Most Sold Novel of the Year 2016 in Sweden. Thus, this is the fourth consecutive Joona Linna novel that becomes the most sold crime novel of the year in Sweden.

Lars Kepler No. 1 in Norway

The Rabbit Hunter, Lars Kepler’s sixth installment in the Joona Linna series, is No. 1 on the official bestseller list for both hardcover fiction, as well as the e-book format in Norway this week.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2016

Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter, Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes, Kristina Ohlsson’s Blighted Souls, Anne Holt’s Offline, and Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? have all been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the Suspense category.

Real American Jeans by Jan Guillou is shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery of Hester Hill is shortlisted in the Children’s Books category.

The winners of The Grand Audiobook Prize will be crowned in March 2017 at an award gala in Stockholm. To vote for your favorite author and audiobook, click “Read more” below.

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‘The Rabbit Hunter’ No. 1 in Norway

Lars Kepler’s sixth installment in the Joona Linna series, The Rabbit Hunter, is No. 1 on the official bestseller list for both hardcover fiction, as well as the e-book format in Norway this week.

Lars Kepler No. 1 in Norway

Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter was just published in Norway and went straight to No. 1 on the e-book list and to No. 3 on the hardcover list this week.

Lars Kepler and Leif GW Persson No. 1 and No. 2 in Sweden

The official Swedish bestseller list for October is in, with Lars Kepler and Leif GW Persson coming in at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on the list for hardcover fiction, with their latest novels The Rabbit Hunter and Can One Die Twice?.

‘The Rabbit Hunter’ published in Sweden

Thriller maestro Lars Kepler is back with a new page-turner about Detective Superintendent Joona Linna - The Rabbit Hunter.

Joona Linna has spent two years in a high security prison when he is taken off to attend a secret meeting. The police need his help to stop a mysterious killer who goes by the name of the Rabbit Hunter. The only connection between the victims is that they all hear a child chanting a rhyme about rabbits before the killer strikes.

A quirk of fate unexpectedly places celebrity chef Rex Müller at the centre of events. He is about to look after his son Sammy for the first time. But instead of three relaxing weeks, he finds himself in a terrifying fight for survival. Joona Linna and Saga Bauer are forced to work together in secret to put a stop to the Rabbit Hunter before it’s too late.

You never know what fate has in store for you, or what might catch up with you if you don’t start running right now.

Lars Kepler’s ‘Playground’ shortlisted for the Hebban Award 2016

Lars Kepler’s stand-alone thriller Playground is shortlisted for the prestigious Dutch Hebban Award for ‘Best Thriller of the Year’. Other nominees in the category include Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben and Samuel Bjørk. The Hebban Award is a reader-voted award and the winner will be announced on September 27th. Readers can vote from September 1st by clicking here.

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New Author - Lars Kepler

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril (b. 1966) and Alexander Ahndoril (b. 1967), authors of the No. 1 internationally bestselling Joona Linna series. With five installments to date, the series has sold eight million copies in 40 languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published several acclaimed novels.

Lars Kepler is the most successful author – in any category – in Sweden.

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The Bonnier Publishing Group and Lars Kepler are selling Storytellers Agency to the Salomonsson Agency

The Bonnier Publishing Group and Lars Kepler are selling Storytellers Agency to the Salomonsson Agency.

The literary agency Storytellers Agency, of which 70% is owned by the Bonnier Publishing Group and 30% by authors Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril, is being sold to the Salomonsson Agency. The change of ownership means that the Salomonsson Agency will henceforth act as agents for Lars Kepler in all territories and in all formats.

The collaboration upon which the Bonnier Publishing Group and authors Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril (the writers behind the pseudonym Lars Kepler) embarked in 2009 has grown into a sizeable international business incorporating book publication and film and television production in more than 40 countries. In 2013 Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril and the Bonnier Publishing Group set up, on the initiative of the authors, the joint agency Storytellers, which is now being sold to the Salomonsson Agency.

Håkan Rudels, MD, Bonnier Publishing Group:
This sale to the Salomonsson Agency, the market-leading agency for Scandinavian authors, is a stage in the development of Kepler’s authorship internationally, in all formats.

With the acquisition of the agency Niclas Salomonsson will take over as MD of Storytellers. Elisabet Brännström, head of Bonnier Rights and formerly head of Storytellers, will remain in her post at Bonnier Rights. The change of ownership comes into force immediately.

Niclas Salomonsson, MD, Salomonsson Agency:
We are incredibly proud to have been entrusted with the task of further developing one of the most successful crime-writing authorships of our time, Lars Kepler, on the international market. The acquisition is an offensive investment, and we see immense future potential for this authorship.

Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril:
We could never have dreamed of the journey we were embarking on together with the Bonnier Publishing Group when we posted the manuscript of The Hypnotist through the letterbox in the spring of 2009. Six books on, we love writing about Joona Linna more than ever, and that’s what we’ll be concentrating on in future. Our collaboration with the Bonnier Publishing Group has always been characterised by innovative thinking, and our shared agency was part of that. It was created from an author’s perspective – and the fact that we are now taking the step to combine our perspective with the Salomonsson Agency’s unique expertise feels exactly right.

The parties have agreed not to make public the financial details of the exchange.