Stockholm detective on the case

June 5, 2013

The Nightmare, by Lars Kepler (Blue Door, RRP $37):

This sequel to The Hypnotist sees Detective Joona Linna of the Stockholm police return but this time as the main character.

Two different cases vie for the attention of Detective Linna: the death of a Government official, which may or may not be suicide, and the drowning death of a young woman, her body found on an abandoned boat.

At first glance, there appears to be no connection between the two deaths but Detective Linna’s suspicions are raised and he soon discovers the dead woman is the sister of a spokeswoman for a peace organisation, while the dead man was in charge of the Swedish Arms Committee.

The complexity of the story can be hard work at times but the story is compelling enough to be worth the effort.

I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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