Spindeln The Spider

Joona Linna #9

Three years ago, Saga Bauer received a postcard with a threating message about a gun with nine white bullets – one of them intended for Joona Linna – and Saga was the only one that could save him. Saga showed the postcard to Joona, but time passed and the threat faded as a meaningless provocation. Until now.

A bag with an almost completely dissolved body is found strapped to a tree in Kapellskär. A milky-white cartridge is found at the murder scene. Through complex riddles, a bestial perpetrator appears to give the police the opportunity to stop the series of murders.

Joona Linna and Saga Bauer fight side by side to solve the puzzle and save the chosen victims before it’s too late. The violent hunt becomes increasingly desperate. Maybe this killer is impossible to stop, maybe they are already stuck in the spider’s web.

The Spider was the most sold novel in Sweden of 2022.

Mezza “Book of the Month”
Criminal Elements “Most Anticipated Reads: July 2023”
CrimeReads “The Best International Crime Fiction of July 2023”
CrimeReads “10 New Books Coming Out This Week”


Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden 2023
Thrillzone Awards (Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year) Netherlands 2023
Shortlisted for the Mofibo Awards (Best Translated Fiction of the Year) Denmark 2023
The Adlibris Award (Best Crime Fiction) Sweden 2022
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  • “Kepler ups the ante in this pulse-pounding ninth Killer Instinct thriller featuring detective Joona Linna. /…/ Kepler manages to make each murder resonate, giving the deaths uncommon weight in the lives of Linna and his fellow detectives, who grow increasingly distraught at their failure to prevent the killings. That veracity, combined with regular passages of almost unbearable tension, make [The Spider] another standout in a strong series.”

    Publishers Weekly, US

  • The Spider is shocking and exhilarating in a way only Lars Kepler could accomplish.”

    Bookreporter, US

  • “Kepler captivates the reader while also keeping things moving at a break-neck pace. While Linna has been saddled with many tough cases, this one could be the most complex, as members of the police appear to be the target, with gruesome outcomes. /…/ Chilling /…/ will have readers wondering as the story progresses, proving Lars Kepler’s superior writing ability. /…/ Keep[s] the reader hooked from the opening pages and never backs down. /…/ The characters, many of whom emerge for the first time, are strong and keep the reader in the middle of the action, adding depth to an already stellar piece of writing. /…/ There is such an easy flow to Lars Kepler novels. /…/ There appears to be no jaggedness when it comes to reading, nothing jilted or lost in translation. /…/ Dark, Scandinavian, and full of surprises. What else could you want in a book?”

    Mystery and Suspense Magazine, US

  • “The novel is cinematic, with non-stop action and dramatic locations. /…/ This novel is not for the faint of heart—at times I felt as though I was reading a horror film, with violent scenes and real peril that left me breathless. But I still found myself speed reading to find out what happened next. What’s quicker than a page turner – maybe a page flipper? Readers will get tangled in the web of The Spider as they furiously flip the pages to find out what happens next, and undoubtedly will breathe a sigh of relief when they escape from it.”

    LoveReading, UK

  • “Sheer reading pleasure!”

    Het Parool, The Netherlands

  • “Kepler knows how to create a page-turner and stick to their tried-and-true and highly successful recipe from previous novels in the series. The story is skilfully constructed, without a single slow passage or unnecessary turn, with smart twists and mounting suspense. You binge the book like a Netflix show.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “[The Spider] is a true page-turner and hard to put down.”

    VeckoRevyn, Sweden

  • “Since their crime novel debut with The Hypnotist in 2009, Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahdoril – the duo behind Lars Kepler – have provided Sweden and the world with magnificent entertainment and have earned a reputation for writing some of the most brutal Nordic crime novels. The Spider definitely lives up to these expectations. /…/ There is no doubt that Kepler is extremely careful with their research. Details and knowledge from many different areas are presented here. /…/ The Spider is a well-written, entertaining, and action-packed adventure, a hunt for a killer packed with big emotions, a fast pace and a lot at stake.”

    Kristianstadsbladet, Sweden

  • “[The Spider] is a suspenseful story with a fast pace and a lot of action. Lars Kepler knows the art of creating tension.”

    Ölandsbladet, Sweden

Photo: Ewa-Marie Rundquist Lars Kepler
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Reading material

Swedish edition

English translation

Rights sold

Bulgaria, Enthusiast

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

Japan, Fusosha

Latvia, Zvaigzne ABC

Lithuania, Lectio Divina

Netherlands, Cargo

North Macedonia, Matica

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Poland, Dolnoslaskie

Portugal, Porto

Serbia, Vulkan

Slovakia, Ikar

Spain, Penguin Random House

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

UK, Zaffre

Ukraine, KM Books

US, Knopf

Film rights sold

US, Hardy, Son & Baker / Apple TV+

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