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Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of celebrated Swedish authors Alexandra Coelho and Alexander Ahndoril. The authors, who are actually married, are the brilliant minds behind the Joona Linna series; a No. 1 international bestseller.

With seven books thus far, the Joona Linna series has sold 13 million copies across the globe, getting published in 40 languages.

Even before coming together as Lars Kepler, the Ahndorils were already celebrated authors, with each of them having several critically acclaimed written works.

More about Lars Kepler

Genre: Thriller

Pseudonym: Lars Kepler

Joona Linna series

  1. The Hypnotist - Hypnotisören (2009)
  2. The Nightmare - Paganinikontraktet (2010)
  3. The Fire Witness - Eldvittnet (2011)
  4. The Sandman - Sandmannen (2012)
  5. Stalker - Stalker (2014)
  6. The Rabbit Hunter - Kaninjägaren (2016)
  7. Lazarus - Lazarus (2018)
  8. The Mirror Man - Spegelmannen (2022)
  9. The Spider - Spindeln (2023)

More about Joona Linna

Joona Linna is a Detective Superintendent at the National Operations Department, and the protagonist in the Joona Linna book series by Lars Kepler.

A towering and well built man of Finnish descent; he has grey eyes, blond hair, and can often be seen wearing dark suits and crisp white shirts open at the collar.

Joona is quiet yet dependable, bold and undaunted.

He has a secret past, and often takes on cases based on experiences from his own past.

One certain thing about Detective Inspector Joona is that he will do whatever it takes to solve his cases, including consulting psychics and mediums.

Detailed book overview

Joona Linna series

The Hypnotist

The horrific murder of three people in Tumba, Sweden draws the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna who takes up the case at his own insistence. The killer is on the run and the only witness who can give a true account of what transpired is the boy whose family was brutally murdered right in front of him on that fateful day.

The killer clearly wanted the only possible witness in the incident dead, as he left the innocent boy with over one hundred knife wounds.

Desperate to bring the killer to justice, Linna seeks for one extreme option: hypnotism.

Bringing onboard Dr. Erik Maria Bark, the Detective Inspector hopes to unmask the killer through the victim’s eyes.

The Hypnotist (Hypnotisören)
Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Helena Af Sandeberg, Oscar Pettersson, Anna Azcárate, Jonatan Bökman, Jan Waldekranz, Eva Melander
Author: Lars Kepler
Original Title: Hypnotisören
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0525433125
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
The Nightmare

Police discover an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago on one summer night. Inside the boat is the body of a young woman. Forensic results point to a possible drowning, going by the amount of brackish water found inside her lungs.

But if the girl indeed drowned, why is the pleasure boat afloat? And most importantly, why can’t the detectives find any trace of water in either her clothes or body?

Even before they get to find the answers, a second body is discovered in a state apartment in Stockholm the following day. At first sight, it appears that the man committed suicide, being that his body is hanging from a lamp hook in the ceiling.

Why though isn’t there any furniture of some sort to climb on, given how high the ceiling is?

Joona Linna seems to have his plate full as he seeks to solve the two mysterious deaths, unaware that this is just the beginning of a risky, frightening series of events.

Author: Lars Kepler
Original Title: Paganinikontraktet
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0525433101
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
The Fire Witness

Flora Hansen earns a decent living from posing as a medium. But when a young woman is ghastly murdered at a rural home for deviant girls, Flora’s deceptive ways soon comes to life as she begins having real visions.

Convinced that she has just seen a ghost, Flora reports to the police who all refute her claims; all but Detective Inspector Joona Linna.

The case itself seems to implicate a girl from the home who fled on the night of the murder—leaving behind a hummer covered in blood under her pillow—but Hansen is convinced that the murder weapon was a stone.

Desperately searching for answers, Linna’s quest leads him face-to-face with an unexpected figure from his past.

Author: Lars Kepler
Original Title: Eldvittnet
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0525433088
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
The Sandman

A man is found trudging alongside a railway bridge on one cold winter night in the Swedish capital. He seems to be suffering from a case of hypothermia and legionnaires’ disease, but upon being taken to the hospital, records shockingly reveal that the man reportedly died over seven years ago.

He is believed to be one of the victims of Jurek Walter, a serial killer apprehended by Detective Inspector Joona Linna years ago and sentenced to total isolation for the rest of his life in a forensic psychiatric care centre.

Burying himself into investigating where the “dead man” has been for all these years, Joona Linna stumbles upon solid evidence leading to the re-opening of a cold case.

To solve the case, someone needs to get into the mind of the serial killer, and do it fast before it’s too late.

Author: Lars Kepler
Original Title: Sandmannen
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0525433057
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

A video of a woman being filmed though her window is sent to the Stockholm Police. Authorities conclude that the person filming the video must have taken a position in the garden. The woman is however found brutally murdered in her home the following morning, with the killing shocking even the most experienced investigators at the scene.

A couple of day later, another video is sent to the police, but this time the investigators have no way of identifying the woman before she too becomes the next victim of a serial killer on the loose.

But when the husband of the woman finds her, he is too traumatized that he begins cleaning up the blood from his wife’s body, oblivious that he is actually wiping away the evidence.

When Dr. Erik Maria Bark, a psychiatrist and professional hypnotist, is unable to unlock the man’s memories while assisting in the case, the only person who can now help solve the mystery is Detective Inspector Joona Linna; a man now feared to be dead after going missing for well over a year.

Author: Lars Kepler
Original Title: Stalker
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0007467853
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd
The Rabbit Hunter

Joona Linna, who has for the last two years been at a high security facility, is summoned for a secret meeting. The police could certainly use his help to capture a serial killer dubbed the Rabbit Hunter.

All that is known about the mysterious killer is that the victims hear a child chanting a rhyme about rabbits moments before the killer strikes.

But when Rex Müller, a celebrity chef, finds himself fighting for his life while looking for his son, Sammy, Joona Linna and Saga Bauer join hands to bring an end to the Rabbit Hunter once and for all.

Author: Lars Kepler
Original Title: Kaninjägaren
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0008205911
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd

"Some would call it a miracle if someone returned from the dead – others would call it a nightmare."

When the body of a man is discovered in an apartment in Oslo, the victim appears to be an unidentified grave defiler and trophy collector. But after opening the victim’s kitchen freezer, what the police discover is well beyond the limits of disturbing.

Joona Linna is enlisted by a German police detective a couple of days later to assist with a murder outside of Rostock.

As Joona gets to work, he notices a pattern too crazy to be real, yet too impossible to ignore.

Author: Lars Kepler
Original Title: Lazarus
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0593310830
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
The Mirror Man

Sixteen-year-old Jenny Lind is kidnapped in broad daylight on her way home from school and thrown into the back of a truck. She’s taken to a dilapidated house, where she and other girls face horrors far beyond their worst nightmares. Though they’re desperate to escape, their captor foils everyone of their attempts.

Five years later, Jenny’s body is found hanging in a playground, strung up with a winch on a rainy night. As the police are scrambling to find a lead in the scant evidence, Detective Joona Linna recognizes an eerie connection between Jenny’s murder and a death declared a suicide years before.

And when another teenage girl goes missing, it becomes clear to Joona that they’re dealing with a serial killer—and his murderous rampage may have just begun.

Author: Lars Kepler
Original Title: Spegelmannen
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0593556658
Publisher: Random House Large Print
The Spider

A serial killer is spinning a sinister web and Detectives Joona Linna and Saga Bauer are caught dead center.

Three years ago, Detective Saga Bauer received an ominous postcard describing a gun and nine white bullets—one of which was intended for her partner, Detective Joona Linna. The sender alleged that Saga was the only person who could save him. But as time passed, the threat faded.

Until now.

A sack with a decomposing body has been found hanging from a tree in the forest. A milky white bullet casing turns up at the scene. When the body count begins to rise, the police realize that the killer is sending riddles, offering them the chance to stop the murders before they happen. But the police always seem to arrive a moment too late. As they begin to close in, the case becomes more and more tangled: someone is spinning a fiendishly intricate web, pulling Joona ever closer to a trap he may not be able to escape.

Author: Lars Kepler
Original Title: Spindeln
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-0593827352
Publisher: Diversified Publishing