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Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for a literary couple who live and write in Sweden. Their novels, including The Nightmare and The Hypnotist, have been number-one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries, including France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Holland, and Denmark. The film version of The Hypnotist is directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules).

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"The summer's likeliest new Nordic hit." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times "One convincing psychotic is about as much as most thriller writers can handle, but Kepler delivers them by the roomful. It makes you wonder where the Swedes have been keeping him/them all this time. I imagine a cabal of nefarious Stockholm publishers loading bulk orders of Larsson onto cargo planes bound for the U.S. while they rub their hands together over a copy of The Hypnotist stamped Not for Export. It's that good. It's the hard stuff." --Lev Grossman, Time "A worthy addition to the ever-expanding ranks of Scandinavian crime fiction. Expect caffeinated beverages, inclement weather, and severed limbs." --Entertainment Weekly "Maximum intensity, both psychological and physical, is packed into [this] story." --New York "A gripping series of twists and turns . . . a natural successor to the Stieg Larsson series." --Parade "Full of surprises and more than enough twists to keep those pages turning well into the night." --NPR.com "A new star enters the firmament of Scandinavian thrillerdom, joining the likes of Larsson, Nesbo and Mankell." --Kirkus Reviews "Does the world really need another Swedish thriller? The spellbinding exploits of Detective Inspector Joona Linna and the hypnotist he hires to solve a murder make the answer clear." --People "Outrageously entertaining . . . Kepler makes you feel that if homicidal maniacs really were to start popping up in Stockholm, this is exactly how it would play out." --Laura Miller, Salon.com "If The Hypnotist doesn't find its way onto every reader's 'Best Of' list by the end of the year, it will only be because not everyone read it. Don't be one of the unfortunate few. But put on an extra sweater while you are reading; this one will chill you to the bone." --Bookreporter.com "The brutal slaying of gambling addict Anders Ek, his wife, and his younger daughter propels this outstanding thriller debut . . . A well-integrated subplot involving a gang of terrifying boys and girls adds to the suspense. Readers will look forward to seeing more of Linna in what one hopes will be a long series." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Compellingly grisly." --Megan O'Grady, Vogue "All the hallmarks of a classic . . . Tense, clever and multilayered . . . This is crime writing at its most devilishly involving." --Marie Claire (UK) "This is the thriller that's taking Europe by storm. Written by a Swedish husband-and-wife team whose identity was originally a closely guarded secret, it might just be the next Girl with the Dragon Tattoo . . . Ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness that almost blots out the light, but still feeds the imagination: stunning." --The Daily Mail (UK) "If the post-Stieg Larsson boom was ebbing, Kepler promises to revitalize the genre by bringing a sulphurous whiff of Hannibal Lecter to this case . . . It's a pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash." --Financial Times "Now ranks second only to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy in terms of worldwide sales for a Swedish author . . . Far more energetic than Henning Mankell, as socially involved as Larsson but a better writer, Kepler matches the great Jo Nesbo for gothic excitement." --The Australian "Belongs on every international crime fan's reading list." --Booklist "If you don't get carried away by this book, the question is whether you like the crime thriller genre at all." --Borsen (Denmark) "Brilliant, well-written and very satisfying. A superb thriller." --De Telegraaf (The Netherlands) "The Hypnotist is a rare beast: a Swedish thriller on a high international level with a smart, effective and surprising plot. The narrative has a skillful, refined, pulsating drive and the writing is sharp, convincing and multilayered." --Kristianstadsbladet (Sweden) "The Hypnotist is--yes--impossible to put down. The Hypnotist is--yes--ingeniously put together, like a Swiss watch. The Hypnotist is--Yes!--fabulously entertaining, even gruesomely so. But it is also a serious meditation on evil, human weakness, the infinity of the mind, and the capriciousness of fate. My wife stole it from me before I was finished reading it and tore through it. Then I stole it back, to my great pleasure!" --Colin Harrison, author of The Finder "Soon there will be Stieg Larsson crime fiction people and Lars Kepler crime fiction people. I'm henceforth in the latter camp. The Hypnotist is every bit the equal of the Millennium Trilogy--riveting narrative momentum, fascinatingly grisly forensics, existential Nordic dread. But there's more: superior prose, no cartoony characters, and beneath all the noir, plenty of old-fashioned heart." --Kurt Andersen, author of Heyday The summer's likeliest new Nordic hit. Janet Maslin, The New York Times One convincing psychotic is about as much as most thriller writers can handle, but Kepler delivers them by the roomful. It makes you wonder where the Swedes have been keeping him/them all this time. I imagine a cabal of nefarious Stockholm publishers loading bulk orders of Larsson onto cargo planes bound for the U.S. while they rub their hands together over a copy of The Hypnotist stamped Not for Export. It's that good. It's the hard stuff. Lev Grossman, Time A worthy addition to the ever-expanding ranks of Scandinavian crime fiction. Expect caffeinated beverages, inclement weather, and severed limbs. Entertainment Weekly Maximum intensity, both psychological and physical, is packed into [this] story. New York A gripping series of twists and turns . . . a natural successor to the Stieg Larsson series. Parade Full of surprises and more than enough twists to keep those pages turning well into the night. NPR.com A new star enters the firmament of Scandinavian thrillerdom, joining the likes of Larsson, Nesbo and Mankell. Kirkus Reviews Does the world really need another Swedish thriller? The spellbinding exploits of Detective Inspector Joona Linna and the hypnotist he hires to solve a murder make the answer clear. People Outrageously entertaining . . . Kepler makes you feel that if homicidal maniacs really were to start popping up in Stockholm, this is exactly how it would play out. Laura Miller, Salon.com If The Hypnotist doesn't find its way onto every reader's Best Of' list by the end of the year, it will only be because not everyone read it. Don't be one of the unfortunate few. But put on an extra sweater while you are reading; this one will chill you to the bone. Bookreporter.com The brutal slaying of gambling addict Anders Ek, his wife, and his younger daughter propels this outstanding thriller debut . . . A well-integrated subplot involving a gang of terrifying boys and girls adds to the suspense. Readers will look forward to seeing more of Linna in what one hopes will be a long series. Publishers Weekly (starred review) Compellingly grisly. Megan O'Grady, Vogue All the hallmarks of a classic . . . Tense, clever and multilayered . . . This is crime writing at its most devilishly involving. Marie Claire (UK) This is the thriller that's taking Europe by storm. Written by a Swedish husband-and-wife team whose identity was originally a closely guarded secret, it might just be the next Girl with the Dragon Tattoo . . . Ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness that almost blots out the light, but still feeds the imagination: stunning. The Daily Mail (UK) If the post-Stieg Larsson boom was ebbing, Kepler promises to revitalize the genre by bringing a sulphurous whiff of Hannibal Lecter to this case . . . It's a pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash. Financial Times Now ranks second only to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy in terms of worldwide sales for a Swedish author . . . Far more energetic than Henning Mankell, as socially involved as Larsson but a better writer, Kepler matches the great Jo Nesbo for gothic excitement. The Australian Belongs on every international crime fan's reading list. Booklist If you don't get carried away by this book, the question is whether you like the crime thriller genre at all. Borsen (Denmark) Brilliant, well-written and very satisfying. A superb thriller. De Telegraaf (The Netherlands) The Hypnotist is a rare beast: a Swedish thriller on a high international level with a smart, effective and surprising plot. The narrative has a skillful, refined, pulsating drive and the writing is sharp, convincing and multilayered. Kristianstadsbladet (Sweden) The Hypnotist is--yes--impossible to put down. The Hypnotist is--yes--ingeniously put together, like a Swiss watch. The Hypnotist is--Yes!--fabulously entertaining, even gruesomely so. But it is also a serious meditation on evil, human weakness, the infinity of the mind, and the capriciousness of fate. My wife stole it from me before I was finished reading it and tore through it. Then I stole it back, to my great pleasure! Colin Harrison, author of The Finder Soon there will be Stieg Larsson crime fiction people and Lars Kepler crime fiction people. I'm henceforth in the latter camp. The Hypnotist is every bit the equal of the Millennium Trilogy--riveting narrative momentum, fascinatingly grisly forensics, existential Nordic dread. But there's more: superior prose, no cartoony characters, and beneath all the noir, plenty of old-fashioned heart. Kurt Andersen, author of Heyday " The summer's likeliest new Nordic hit. "Janet Maslin, The New York Times" One convincing psychotic is about as much as most thriller writers can handle, but Kepler delivers them by the roomful. It makes you wonder where the Swedes have been keeping him/them all this time. I imagine a cabal of nefarious Stockholm publishers loading bulk orders of Larsson onto cargo planes bound for the U.S. while they rub their hands together over a copy of "The Hypnotist "stamped Not for Export. It's that good. It's the hard stuff. "Lev Grossman, Time" A worthy addition to the ever-expanding ranks of Scandinavian crime fiction. Expect caffeinated beverages, inclement weather, and severed limbs. "Entertainment Weekly" Maximum intensity, both psychological and physical, is packed into [this] story. "New York" A gripping series of twists and turns . . . a natural successor to the Stieg Larsson series. "Parade" Full of surprises and more than enough twists to keep those pages turning well into the night. "NPR.com" A new star enters the firmament of Scandinavian thrillerdom, joining the likes of Larsson, Nesbo and Mankell. "Kirkus Reviews" Does the world really need "another "Swedish thriller? The spellbinding exploits of Detective Inspector Joona Linna and the hypnotist he hires to solve a murder make the answer clear. "People" Outrageously entertaining . . . Kepler makes you feel that if homicidal maniacs really were to start popping up in Stockholm, this is exactly how it would play out. "Laura Miller, Salon.com" If "The Hypnotist" doesn't find its way onto every reader's Best Of' list by the end of the year, it will only be because not everyone read it. Don't be one of the unfortunate few. But put on an extra sweater while you are reading; this one will chill you to the bone. "Bookreporter.com" The brutal slaying of gambling addict Anders Ek, his wife, and his younger daughter propels this outstanding thriller debut . . . A well-integrated subplot involving a gang of terrifying boys and girls adds to the suspense. Readers will look forward to seeing more of Linna in what one hopes will be a long series. "Publishers Weekly (starred review)" Compellingly grisly. "Megan O'Grady, Vogue" All the hallmarks of a classic . . . Tense, clever and multilayered . . . This is crime writing at its most devilishly involving. "Marie Claire (UK)" This is the thriller that's taking Europe by storm. Written by a Swedish husband-and-wife team whose identity was originally a closely guarded secret, it might just be the next "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ." . . Ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness that almost blots out the light, but still feeds the imagination: stunning. "The Daily Mail (UK)" If the post-Stieg Larsson boom was ebbing, Kepler promises to revitalize the genre by bringing a sulphurous whiff of Hannibal Lecter to this case . . . It's a pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash. "Financial Times" Now ranks second only to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy in terms of worldwide sales for a Swedish author . . . Far more energetic than Henning Mankell, as socially involved as Larsson but a better writer, Kepler matches the great Jo Nesbo for gothic excitement. "The Australian" Belongs on every international crime fan's reading list. "Booklist" If you don't get carried away by this book, the question is whether you like the crime thriller genre at all. "Borsen (Denmark)" Brilliant, well-written and very satisfying. A superb thriller. "De Telegraaf (The Netherlands)" "The Hypnotist" is a rare beast: a Swedish thriller on a high international level with a smart, effective and surprising plot. The narrative has a skillful, refined, pulsating drive and the writing is sharp, convincing and multilayered. "Kristianstadsbladet (Sweden)" "The Hypnotist" is--yes--impossible to put down. "The Hypnotist" is--"yes"--ingeniously put together, like a Swiss watch. "The Hypnotist" is--"Yes!"--fabulously entertaining, even gruesomely so. But it is also a serious meditation on evil, human weakness, the infinity of the mind, and the capriciousness of fate. My wife stole it from me before I was finished reading it and tore through it. Then I stole it back, to my great pleasure! "Colin Harrison, author of The Finder" Soon there will be Stieg Larsson crime fiction people and Lars Kepler crime fiction people. I'm henceforth in the latter camp. "The Hypnotist" is every bit the equal of the Millennium Trilogy--riveting narrative momentum, fascinatingly grisly forensics, existential Nordic dread. But there's more: superior prose, no cartoony characters, and beneath all the noir, plenty of old-fashioned "heart." "Kurt Andersen, author of Heyday"" "The summer's likeliest new Nordic hit." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times ""One convincing psychotic is about as much as most thriller writers can handle, but Kepler delivers them by the roomful. It makes you wonder where the Swedes have been keeping him/them all this time. I imagine a cabal of nefarious Stockholm publishers loading bulk orders of Larsson onto cargo planes bound for the U.S. while they rub their hands together over a copy of "The Hypnotist "stamped Not for Export. It's that good. It's the hard stuff." --Lev Grossman, "Time ""A worthy addition to the ever-expanding ranks of Scandinavian crime fiction. Expect caffeinated beverages, inclement weather, and severed limbs." --"Entertainment Weekly ""Maximum intensity, both psychological and physical, is packed into [this] story." --"New York" "A gripping series of twists and turns . . . a natural successor to the Stieg Larsson series." --"Parade ""Full of surprises and more than enough twists to keep those pages turning well into the night." --NPR.com "A new star enters the firmament of Scandinavian thrillerdom, joining the likes of Larsson, Nesbo and Mankell." --"Kirkus Reviews ""Does the world really need "another "Swedish thriller? The spellbinding exploits of Detective Inspector Joona Linna and the hypnotist he hires to solve a murder make the answer clear." --"People ""Outrageously entertaining . . . Kepler makes you feel that if homicidal maniacs really were to start popping up in Stockholm, this is exactly how it would play out." --Laura Miller, Salon.com "If "The Hypnotist" doesn't find its way onto every reader's 'Best Of' list by the end of the year, it will only be because not everyone read it. Don't be one of the unfortunate few. But put on an extra sweater while you are reading; this one will chill you to the bone." --Bookreporter.com "The brutal slaying of gambling addict Anders Ek, his wife, and his younger daughter propels this outstanding thriller debut . . . A well-integrated subplot involving a gang of terrifying boys and girls adds to the suspense. Readers will look forward to seeing more of Linna in what one hopes will be a long series." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) " ""Compellingly grisly." --Megan O'Grady, " Vogue ""All the hallmarks of a classic . . . Tense, clever and multilayered . . . This is crime writing at its most devilishly involving." --"Marie Claire" (UK) "This is the thriller that's taking Europe by storm. Written by a Swedish husband-and-wife team whose identity was originally a closely guarded secret, it might just be the next "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ." . . Ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness that almost blots out the light, but still feeds the imagination: stunning." --"The Daily Mail" (UK) "If the post-Stieg Larsson boom was ebbing, Kepler promises to revitalize the genre by bringing a sulphurous whiff of Hannibal Lecter to this case . . . It's a pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash." --"Financial Times" "Now ranks second only to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy in terms of worldwide sales for a Swedish author . . . Far more energetic than Henning Mankell, as socially involved as Larsson but a better writer, Kepler matches the great Jo Nesbo for gothic excitement." --"The Australian ""Belongs on every international crime fan's reading list." --"Booklist ""If you don't get carried away by this book, the question is whether you like the crime thriller genre at all." --"B"o"rsen" (Denmark) "Brilliant, well-written and very satisfying. A superb thriller." --"De Telegraaf "(The Netherlands) ""The Hypnotist" is a rare beast: a Swedish thriller on a high international level with a smart, effective and surprising plot. The narrative has a skillful, refined, pulsating drive and the writing is sharp, convincing and multilayered." --"Kristianstadsbladet "(Sweden) ""The Hypnotist" is--yes--impossible to put down. "The Hypnotist" is--"yes"--ingeniously put together, like a Swiss watch. "The Hypnotist" is--"Yes!"--fabulously entertaining, even gruesomely so. But it is also a serious meditation on evil, human weakness, the infinity of the mind, and the capriciousness of fate. My wife stole it from me before I was finished reading it and tore through it. Then I stole it back, to my great pleasure!" --Colin Harrison, author of "The Finder ""Soon there will be Stieg Larsson crime fiction people and Lars Kepler crime fiction people. I'm henceforth in the latter camp. "The Hypnotist" is every bit the equal of the Millennium Trilogy--riveting narrative momentum, fascinatingly grisly forensics, existential Nordic dread. But there's more: superior prose, no cartoony characters, and beneath all the noir, plenty of old-fashioned "heart."" --Kurt Andersen, author of "Heyday" "Methadone for readers suffering from Stieg Larsson withdrawal...Outrageously entertaining."--Laura Miller, "Salon ""Lurid, cinematic...compelling..."The Hypnotist "concocts a taut web of domestic horror."--"Los Angeles Times " "Spellbinding."--"People " "Expect caffeinated beverages, inclement weather, and severed limbs. A-"--"Entertainment Weekly" "Mesmerizing...smartly constructed...[creates] an urgent momentum and a sense of primal dread."--"The Wall Street Journal" "A tale brilliantly immersed in Nordic dread...Kepler provides a master class in noir."--"The Boston Globe " "Gripping...[Kepler] will have you turning pages long after your bedtime."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "A pulse-pounding debut."--"Financial Times" (London) "Like Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, Kepler's writing is bloody and brutal....[It's] easy to imagine it hypnotizing crowds at a multiplex near you."--"The Cleveland Plain Dealer ""The summer's likeliest new Nordic hit." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times ""One convincing psychotic is about as much as most thriller writers can handle, but Kepler delivers them by the roomful. It makes you wonder where the Swedes have been keeping him/them all this time. I imagine a cabal of nefarious Stockholm publishers loading bulk orders of Larsson onto cargo planes bound for the U.S. while they rub their hands together over a copy of "The Hypnotist "stamped Not for Export. It's that good. It's the hard stuff." --Lev Grossman, "Time"" ""Maximum intensity, both psychological and physical, is packed into [this] story." --"New York" "A gripping series of twists and turns . . . a natural successor to the Stieg Larsson series." --"Parade ""Full of surprises and more than enough twists to keep those pages turning well into the night." --NPR.com "A new star enters the firmament of Scandinavian thrillerdom, joining the likes of Larsson, Nesbo and Mankell." --"Kirkus R

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