The #1 internationally best-selling thriller from the author of The Hypnotist tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must try to beat him at his own game.

Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering alone, after having gone missing thirteen years earlier along with his younger sister. The siblings were long thought to have been victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, who is now serving a life sentence in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital. But now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman.


Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek’s capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael’s sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a 27-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it’s too late —  and before he gets inside her head.

Sara Blædel, one of Denmark’s top crime writers who is now based in NYC, will be moderating.

Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

About the Book Series

Rights to The Sandman have sold in twenty-seven countries. The book has been a number-one best seller in nine countries, and it was the highest-selling crime novel in Sweden in 2012. The Joona Linna series has sold more than ten million copies worldwide. The Rabbit Hunter, the latest in the series, has debuted at #1 in seven countries so far. The translator for The Sandman, Neil Smith, will be retranslating the first three books in the Joona Linna series, The Hypnotist (2011), The Nightmare (2012), and The Fire Witness (2013), which Vintage Crime/Black Lizard will publish in 2018.



“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. . . . It’s that good.” Time

The Sandman is one of the most hair-raising crime novels published this year.” —The Sunday Times (London)

“Ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness.” —Daily Mail (London)

About Lars Kepler

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their internationally best-selling Joona Linna series has sold more than ten million copies in forty languages.

The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published several acclaimed novels. They live in Stockholm, Sweden. Translated by Neil Smith.

About Sara Blædel



Photo by Ewa-Marie Rundquist. Book jacket courtesy of Knopf.

TUE—March 6—7 PM, free