Spegelmannen The Mirror Man

Joona Linna #8

A young woman disappears when she is on her way home from school. Five years later, she is found murdered on a playground in central Stockholm. Via CCTV footage, Joona Linna manages to track down an eyewitness. When it turns out that the witness is a mentally ill man who doesn’t have any memories whatsoever of what he saw, Joona reaches out to the hypnotist Erik Maria Bark.

The Mirror Man was the most sold novel in Sweden of 2020.

“Dark, disturbing, and chillingly relentless. Picture Hannibal Lecter sitting down to channel Stieg Larsson and then dial it way, way up!”
—Brad Thor, #1 New York Times best-selling author

“Chilling, nerve-shredding, clever, and impossibly dark. Lars Kepler has that rare ability to take you to the very edge, and hold you there until the final page.”
—Chris Whitaker, New York Times best-selling author

“As dark and chilling as a Swedish winter, Lars Kepler’s The Mirror Man is a riveting read. Joona Linna finds himself up against his most dangerous adversary yet—a kidnapper of girls whose cruelty throws back a reflection of the deepest kind of human evil. Those who love their Scandinavian crime fiction intense, twisty, and psychologically terrifying will be unable to put this one down.”
—Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times #1 internationally best-selling author

A New York Post “The Best New Books To Read: Top Releases”
A Mystery Tribune “Best Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Books of January”
A Crime by the Book “Most Anticipated Early 2022 Crime Books”
She Reads “Best Thrillers Coming in Spring 2022”
A CrimeReads “10 New Books Coming Out This Week”
A Publishers Weekly “PW Starred Reviews Releasing This Week”


Shortlisted for the Mofibo Awards (Best Crime & Suspense) Denmark 2021
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden 2020
Adlibris Award (Best Crime Fiction) Sweden 2020
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  • “The ability of Kepler to ratchet up the tension en route to a stunning reveal and an eminently fair solution is remarkable. This merits comparisons with the best of Thomas Harris.”

    Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*, US

  • “A bar-raising entry in a series that unfailingly blends streamlined plotting, smart psychological suspense, and explosive conclusions with gritty portrayals of human evil.”

    Booklist, US

  • “Tantalizing … [toys] with the reader with a major red herring.”

    Kirkus Reviews, US

  • “Lars Kepler brings action, suspense, and heart-wrenching moments to The Mirror Man, the eighth novel in the Joona Linna Killer Instinct series. This is an unforgettable police procedural and crime thriller /…/ an intense, dark, and gritty story with complex characters that kept me turning the pages.”

    Mystery and Suspense Magazine, US

  • “It takes a mental diving suit to navigate this blood-soaked horror crime story.”

    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “There’s no doubt that the Keplers know their storyteller job.”

    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “An adrenalin rush you do not want to let go of! Another nerve-wracking crime thriller featuring Joona Linna.”

    Litteratursiden, Denmark

  • “The eighth installment featuring police detective Joona Linna flows across the pages; Kepler’s storytelling is incredibly efficient and engrossing. /…/ Just when I start to feel smart and think that I have figured out who the murderer is, I’m completely fooled by the author duo – it’s a twist out of this world and totally surprising. Kepler is hard to beat in the crime genre, even on an international level.”

    Mariestads-Tidningen, Sweden

  • “Just like its prequels, The Mirror Man is outrageously gripping and suspenseful. The prose and dialogues are reader friendly without feeling thin. The characters are complex but not complicated. Joona Linna is his usual self but here he offers a bit more of himself to the reader, just like when you explore a deeper dimension with an old friend. But there are certain pivotal differences that make The Mirror Man unique. One thing that separates the book from earlier works is the plot, that almost seem to surpass the storyline. The recent books featuring Joona Linna have offered familiar characters and milieus and a deepening of already existing conflicts, but in The Mirror Man we are introduced to a whole new kind of evil. This entices the reader to keep reading, to try to solve the mystery before it’s too late, since it’s not at all certain that Linna will make it this time. By this, Kepler manages to maintain the quality, not only in the perseverance of the series, but also as crime authors, even at the eighth installment.”

    KULT Magasin, Sweden

Photo: Ewa-Marie Rundquist Lars Kepler
  • Crime
Reading material

Swedish edition

English translation

Rights sold

Brazil, Alfaguara

Bulgaria, Enthusiast

Canada, McClelland & Stewart

Croatia, Fraktura

Czech Republic, Host

Denmark, Gyldendal

Estonia, Pegasus

Finland, Tammi

France, Actes Sud

Germany, Lübbe

Greece, Patakis

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Forlagid

Italy, Longanesi

Japan, Fusosha

Latvia, Zvaigzne ABC

Lithuania, Lectio Divina

Netherlands, Cargo

North Macedonia, Matica

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Poland, Dolnoslaskie

Portugal, Porto

Russia, Corpus

Serbia, Vulkan

Slovakia, Ikar

Spain, Penguin Random House

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

Türkiye, Dogan Egmont

UK, Zaffre

Ukraine, KM Books

US, Knopf

Film rights sold

US, Hardy, Son & Baker / Apple TV+

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