Nominated by:

The National Library Service, Bridgetown, Barbados

Publisher of nominated edition:

Sarah Crichton Books, USA

The Hypnotist

Lars Kepler      

Translated from the original Swedish by Ann Long

2013 Longlist

In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and there’s only one surviving witness—the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: he’s suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes.

It’s the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.

An international sensation, The Hypnotist is set to appear in thirty-seven countries, and it has landed at the top of bestseller lists wherever it’s been published—in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark. Now it’s America’s turn. Combining the addictive power of the Stieg Larsson trilogy with the storytelling drive of The Silence of the Lambs, this adrenaline-drenched thriller is spellbinding from its very first page.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

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 forthcoming film version of The Hypnotist is directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules).

Librarian’s Comments

The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler captures the reality of a beautiful patch of Swedish history, culture and geography. This compelling book written by Swedish husband and wife team Alexandra and Alexander Adndoril aptly interweaves love, lies and betrayal. In the cold climate of tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of detective Inspector Joona linna. He demands an investigation into the murders; an investigation that he wishes to execute himself. This thriller is spell- binding from start to finish.

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