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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 Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden – Spindeln The Spider 2023
Thrillzone Awards (Best Translated Crime Novel of the Year) Netherlands – Spindeln The Spider 2023
Shortlisted for the Mofibo Awards (Best Translated Fiction of the Year) Denmark – Spindeln The Spider 2023
The Adlibris Award (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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Zazie Beetz & Tom Hardy to star in Apple drama series ‘Lazarus’ based on Lars Kepler’s novels, with Øystein Karlsen to write and direct

Oscar nominee Tom Hardy (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Emmy nominee Zazie Beetz (Joker, Atlanta) are set to star in early-in-the-works Apple TV+ drama series Lazarus, based on Lars Kepler’s Joona Linna novels, with Øystein Karlsen to write, executive produce and direct the series. The project is a co-production between A+E Studios and Range Studios and being sold to Apple.

In the series, an emaciated young man is found wandering along a train track. Thirteen years earlier, he and his sister went missing, presumed victims of the notorious serial killer Jurek Walter. To find the sister, police detective Saga Bauer must go undercover in the maximum-security psychiatric hospital where Walter has been kept since his arrest years ago. Hardy will play Walter and Beetz will portray Inspector Saga Bauer.

Hardy Son & Baker, composed of Tom Hardy and longtime producing partner Dean Baker, will produce. Their production company is behind the FX series Taboo. Also EPs are Beetz, David Rysdahl, Kepler (Alexandra Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril), Niclas Salomonsson, A+E Studios (Barry Jossen, Tana Jamieson) and Range Studios (Heather Kadin, Peter Micelli and Jack Whigham).

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Lars Kepler and Kristina Ohlsson the most sold of quarter four in Sweden

The official statistics for the fourth quarter of 2022 have just been published, and Lars Kepler’s The Spider is the clear winner, coming in as No. 1 on both the fiction list and the one for total sales. Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights makes a formidable showing at No. 4 on the same two lists.

The winners of the Adlibris Awards 2022

The winning titles of the 2022’s Adlibris Awards have been announced. Lars Kepler’s The Spider wins ‘Crime Novel of the Year’, Anders Hansen & Mats Wänblad’s The Happiness Cure for Teens  wins ‘Young Adult of the Year’ and Martin Widmark takes home ‘Children’s book 6-12 of the Year’ with his The Masquerade Mystery.

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 Storytel Awards 2023 Shortlist Announced

The nominees for this year’s Swedish Storytel Awards have been announced. The Storytel Awards have been bestowed since 2007 in Sweden to highlight the best audio books of the year. The awards are granted within six categories: Suspense, Fiction, Non-fiction, Feelgood, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for suspense are Lars Kepler’s The Spider, Anders de la Motte’s The Mountain King, Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights, Anders de la Motte and Måns Nilsson’s Death Goes Antiquing, and Liza Marklund’s The Mire.

The Details by Ia Genberg is featured within the fiction category.

Meanwhile, Anders Hansen and Mats Wänblad’s The Happiness Cure for Teens and Elaf Ali’s Who Said Anything About Love? feature on the YA list, whilst Martin Widmark’s The Masquerade Mystery and Stories from Valleby: The mysterious letter are in the running for the children’s books award.

Readers will be able to vote for their favorite works until February 5, after which a jury will pick a winner among the three candidates with the most votes in each category.

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The 2023 Mofibo Awards

The Danish audio and e-book service Mofibo has announced this year’s nominees in the Mofibo Awards. Competing for the title of Best Crime & Suspense is Katrine Engberg with The Writing on the Wall. In the Translated Fiction category, Lars Kepler, Liza Marklund, Stefan Ahnhem and Hjorth & Rosenfeldt are vying for the top spot. Kepler with The Spider, Marklund with The Mire, Ahnhem with The Final Nail, and Hjorth & Rosenfeldt with As You Sow.

To cast your vote, click “Read more” below. Voting closes on January 29.

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The most sold books of 2022 in Sweden

The official list of the bestselling books of 2022 has just been released. Published towards the end of October, Lars Kepler’s The Spider performed a remarkable feat and became the most sold novel in Sweden of last year. Also featuring on the top 10 is Ia Genberg’s August Prize winning The Details which comes in at No. 9 on the fiction list, Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrong at No. 8 on the non-fiction list and No. 4 on the paperback list. The paperback list also sees Anders de la Motte & Måns Nilsson’s A House to Die For on the No. 2 spot and Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle at No. 5, while Martin Widmark’s The Masquerade Mystery takes the No. 8 spot on the children’s list.

The December bestseller lists in Sweden

The final bestseller lists of December 2022 in Sweden saw Lars Kepler, Kristina Ohlsson and Ia Genberg all claim spots in the top. Lars Kepler’s The Spider became the No. 1 most sold hardcover fiction title of December, while Kristina Ohlsson’s Ice Breaker is No. 1 in paperback. Ia Genberg’s award-winning The Details came in at No. 3 in hardcover fiction on the weekly lists, and became the fifth most sold hardcover title of December.

‘The Spider’ No.1 most listened on Storytel

Lars Kepler’s The Spider is Storytel’s most-listened-to book of 2022. Despite being released in October last year, this gut-wrenching thriller still takes home the No.1 spot.

The December bestseller lists in Norway

The last bestseller lists of 2022 in Norway saw both Jo Nesbø and Lars Kepler feature at No. 1 on the hardcover lists; first Nesbø with Killing Moon – also the No. 1 most sold hardcover fiction title of the entire month – and then Lars Kepler with The Spider. Kepler’s title was additionally No. 1 on the e-book lists. Lastly, on the final set of lists, Kepler and Nesbø were joined by Liza Marklund, who came in at No. 1 on the paperback list with The Polar Circle.

Jo Nesbø and Lars Kepler No. 1 in Norway

Jo Nesbø stays put at No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list this week, placing first once more with Killing Moon. Lars Kepler claims another top spot on the lists with The Spider, which is No. 1 in e-books.

Lars Kepler and Kristina Ohlsson No. 1 in Sweden

Lars Kepler’s The Spider is back at No. 1 on the hardcover bestseller list in Sweden. Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker is No. 1 on the paperback list, where it has ruled supreme for four weeks and counting.

‘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.

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