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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 eight installments to date, the series has sold 17 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.

“I’m a fan for life!”
Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Boy

“Kepler treats us readers to a nonstop roller coaster of suspense, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of perfectly realized characters.”
Jeffery Deaver, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Goodbye Man

“Kepler’s characters, particularly Joona Linna, are always drawn sharp and deep, like scalpel cuts. Kepler’s prose unrolls as smoothly as a loop of razor wire. But it’s Kepler’s storytelling that really draws blood.”
A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Woman in the Window


Shortlisted for the Adlibris Awards (Best Crime Fiction) Sweden – Spindeln The Spider 2022
Shortlisted for the Mofibo Awards (Best Crime & Suspense) Denmark – Spegelmannen The Mirror Man 2021
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden – Spegelmannen The Mirror Man 2020
Adlibris Award (Best Crime Fiction) Sweden – Spegelmannen The Mirror Man 2020
Pocisk’s Best Translated Crime Novel Poland – Kaninjägaren The Rabbit Hunter 2019
Storytel Awards (Best suspense) Sweden – Lazarus Lazarus 2019
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Sandmannen The Sandman 2012
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Eldvittnet The Fire Witness 2011
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Paganinikontraktet The Nightmare 2010
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‘The Spider’ the most-listened-to audio book of 2022

BookBeat has now announced their most-listened-to titles of 2022 and Lars Kepler’s The Spider comes in at No. 1 – an astonishing feat since it was published just over four weeks ago.
Furthermore, during the very first days following its publication, The Spider accounted for a whooping 12% of Swedish BookBeat users’ listening time and has thus been an unchallenged No. 1 on the bestseller lists since.

“We are so happy and grateful that so many have listened to The Spider on BookBeat. We also want to take the opportunity to highlight Jonas Malmsjö, who with his unique, fiery energy has given voice to our story” says Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril, the authors behind the pseudonym Lars Kepler, in a press release.

BookBeat is one of the leading streaming services for audio books in Sweden.

‘The Spider’ No. 1 in the Netherlands

Lars Kepler’s The Spider, the ninth installment in the Joona Linna series, was just published in the Netherlands and has entered the official Dutch bestseller list for hardcover crime & thrillers at No. 1.

The Adlibris Awards 2022

The nominees for 2022’s Adlibris Awards have been announced. Adlibris is the leading book retailer in the Nordics and the Adlibris Award was founded in 2019 to celebrate the site’s greatest titles. The 10 nominated titles in the 9 respective categories have been selected by a jury of Adlibris employees from all works published in 2022.

Ia Genberg’s The Details is shortlisted in the ’Fiction’ category.

Amongst the nominated titles in the ‘Crime Fiction’ category are Lars Kepler’s The Spider, Anders de la Motte & Måns Nilsson’s Death Goes Antiquing and Liza Marklund’s The Mire.

In the ‘Childrens’ category – Jonas Gardell’s The Story of the Little Sparrow is shortlisted for ‘Children’s 0-6’ and Martin Widmark’s The Masquerade Mystery is nominated for ‘Children’s 6-12’. Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues for Teens is nominated for the ‘Young Adult’ category.

The winners will be announced on January 25, 2023.

The October bestseller lists in Sweden

The official bestseller lists for the month of October are out, and Lars Kepler’s The Spider grabs the top spot on the hardcover list for fiction, coming in at No. 1 followed by Anders Roslund’s 100 percent at No. 5.

Martin Widmark’s The Masquerade Mystery comes in at No. 3 on the bestseller list for children’s, and Johan Theorin’s Weathered Bones is No. 2 on the list for paperback.

Kepler, Ohlsson and Lapidus on the Swedish bestseller list

The Swedish bestseller list this week have Lars Keplers’ The Spider claiming the No. 1 spot followed by Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights coming in at No. 3 and Jens Lapdius’ Mr One  sailing to the No. 5 spot on the official bestseller list for hardcover fiction. 

Kepler and Marklund on the Norwegian bestseller list

This week’s bestseller lists in Norway have Lars Keplers’ The Spider claiming the No. 1 spot on the official ebook list and Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle sailing to the No. 2 spot for paperback. 

Adlibris most sold books in Sweden 2000-2021

Adlibris, the leading online book retailer in the Nordics, has published a list of its 15 most sold books in Sweden of the last 20 years. Featured on the list are Anders Hansen’s The Real Happy Pill, David Sundin’s The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read, Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrongeach performing a remarkable feat on the Swedish book market.

Adlibris has also revealed statistics of the best-selling books per year, where Liza Marklund’s Red Wolf and Last Will became the most sold titles in 2003 and 2006 respectively, Lars Kepler’s The Hypnotist the most sold title in 2009, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman the best-selling title of 2013 and Anders Hansen’s The Real Happy Pill the most sold title in 2019.

‘The Spider’ No. 1 in Norway

Lars Kepler’s The Spider is No. 1 on the official weekly bestseller list for hardcover fiction in Norway. The novel comes in first on the e-book list as well.

‘The Spider’ No. 1 in Sweden

Lars Kepler’s just published The Spider shoots to No. 1 on the weekly Swedish bestseller list for hardcovers. Johan Theorin and Weathered Bones stay firmly put at No. 3 on the paperback list.

‘The Spider’ No. 1 in Norway

Lars Kepler’s The Spider, the just published ninth book about Joona Linna, debuts at No. 1 on the official Norwegian bestseller list for e-books. The novel comes in at No. 5 on the fiction list.

‘The Spider’ published in Sweden

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.

Lars Kepler’s ’The Mirror Man’ No. 4 in Canada

The eighth installment in Lars Kepler’s Joona Linna series, The Mirror Man, was just published in Canada and comes in at No. 4 on the Globe & Mail bestseller list.

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