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.


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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  • “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

Canada, McClelland & Stewart

Croatia, Fraktura

Czech Republic, Host

Denmark, Gyldendal

Estonia, Pegasus

Finland, Tammi

France, Actes Sud

Germany, Lübbe

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Forlagid

Italy, Longanesi

Lithuania, Lectio Divina

Netherlands, Cargo

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Poland, Dolnoslaskie

Portugal, Porto

Russia, Corpus

Serbia, Vulkan

Slovakia, Ikar

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

US, Knopf

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