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Monday, June 27, 2011

Looking for the Next Stieg Larsson?

Try The Hypnotist by Lars Keplar

This title is the newest Swedish noir translated into English, and is getting rave reviews. Booklist says,
The Swedish invasion continues with the first novel translated into English from the author Swedes are calling the next Stieg Larsson. Unlike the more police-oriented work of Jo Nesbø and Henning Mankell, The Hypnotist, a best-seller throughout Europe, is a psychological thriller likely to appeal to fans of Larsson and the duo of Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström.When a critically injured boy is found at the scene of a horrific murder, former hypnotist and physician Erik Maria Bark is called in to help the cops talk to him. The theory is that only hypnotism will penetrate the distorting maze of drugs and pain to reach the boy's memories of what happened. What Erik learns sets off a terrifying chain of events that endangers his family, his marriage, and his job. Enigmatic genius investigator Joona Linna, who refuses to accept convenient scenarios for the crimes, leads the investigation. A cracking pace makes up for the rather-flat-seeming characters. Still, Kepler (husband-and-wife Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril's team pseudonym) belongs on every international crime fan's reading list.

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