The Sandman

The Sandman

Book - 2014
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During a cold winter night in Stockholm, a man is found walking alongside a railway bridge suffering from hypothermia and legionella. After he's rushed to the hospital, it's discovered that, according to his death certificate, the man has been dead for over seven years. He is believed to be a victim of the notorious serial killer Jurek Walter. As DI Joona Linna investigates where the "dead man" has been all these years, some unexpected evidence leads to the reopening of a cold case.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2014
ISBN: 9780771043871
Branch Call Number: F KEP NVD
Characteristics: 490 pages ; 23 cm


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May 01, 2019

Reminder from the Fire Witness - I am a huge fan of Scandinavian mysteries / police procedurals, and know they tend to be dark, but this author / book exceeds even my limit on sadism and violence. I am going to cross this author off my list. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jan 14, 2019

I liked this one a lot. While it was long for me (440+ pages and an epilogue, 181 very short chapters), there was not nearly as much filler stuff as I expected. I loved that there was very little philosophical navel-gazing! What little there was was relevant to the story. Mostly, it was conversation and things happening. The ending was such that there can be a sequel so I look for to that. I think it will be worth your time if you enjoy these types of books.

Nov 21, 2018

I really love Lars Kepler’s works, and I believe that their horror novels are some of the best out there. This book did nothing but strengthen that statement. Joona Linna, a brilliant detective, is back and after finding a man who should have been killed by a notorious serial killer, he tries to solve the case. While he solves that case, he realizes that this goes far deeper than he had originally thought. As always, Kepler kept me on the edge of my seat with their detailed, toe-curling descriptions of gruesome acts and scenes. Though their books are covered with gore and blood, they don’t just use that for shock factor, and it always ties in nicely with the plot, which is equally as horrifying. In conclusion, I would rate this book a 9/10.
@Sonorous of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Lovestoread5 Nov 03, 2018

Excellent! Suspenseful, mysterious, and I couldn't put it down! Very scary and well written. Great for the Halloween season. I will definitely check out more out by this author.

Jul 09, 2018

One of the best series coming from Scandinavia these days. This is my second reading of this book, and it was just as good the second time through. This team finds a wonderful balance of giving us enough detail without overwhelming us with mind-numbing drivel. (If you loved the violence and sex and violent sex of the "Girl Who" series, this might be too tame for you.)

May 02, 2016

Roller coaster ride. Some longish sections. Good book overall. Seems that Joona Linna took second fiddle to sidekick Saga. And what's the deal with all those chapter?

Aug 20, 2015

Exceptionally formulaic, but I do like a reliable formula when my brain's gone to sleep in mid-summer.

While detective Joona Linna continues to have convenient migraines to ratchet up tension when the plot starts to plod, this was still the most thrilling in the series so far. As in TV series that follow similar arcs, the detective's personal crisis is finally front and centre, after plenty of foreshadowing in previous novels. Feels like we are 1 novel away from the season finale.

Aug 09, 2015

The formulaic "super cop" meets "super villain" story. Incredibly suspenseful, a real page turner, but at the same time, absurdly far fetched. I agree with the past reviewer about the necessity of suspension of disbelief. OK read because it managed the suspense so well but the story was a bit absurd.

Jun 23, 2015

Could not put the book down until the very last page, a must read for those wanting a suspenseful mystery.

Jun 09, 2015

Not the best Joona Linna book in the series. The plot was a bit far fetched and required the reader's suspension of disbelief, however it was entertaining. A better read was The Hypnotist.

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