The Nightmare

  • by Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The chilling phenomenon begins again. On a summer night the dead body of a woman is found on board an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around in the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, but there are no traces of this water on her clothes or other parts of her body. Detective Inspector Joona Linna takes up the case. Forensics state that it was a simple drowning, that she must have been pulled aboard the boat which explains the lack of brackish water. But Joona knows better and suspects something much more sinister. The next day a man is found dead in his state apartment in Stockholm. The man is hanging in a noose from the lamp-hook in the ceiling. How did it happen? The room has a high ceiling with no furniture, absolutely nothing to climb on. Nevertheless Linna is convinced that it is suicide. Of course he is right. The man has committed suicide, but this fact doesn't close the case. It is only a prelude to a dizzyingly intense and dangerous course of events. There are certain agreements which cannot be broken off, not even if you are dead.

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What the Critics Say

“A pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash.” (Financial Times)
“A pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash.” (Financial Times)
“One of the most exciting Swedish crime novels of recent years…It doesn’t get much better than this.” (Göteborgsposten)

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Thoroughly entertaining

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a thoroughly entertaining scandi-crime tale. Very much in the Jo Nesbo mould (without the serial killers and with a more politically related storyline). There are some implausabilities every now and again but overall it is a rollicking and highly enjoyable story. Sean Barrett is one of my favourite narrators and he does another great job to boot.


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- jackson

Favour for a nightmare.

Joona Linna investigates an illegal arms dealer after a corrupt government official commits suicide to avoid facing his worst nightmare. An incriminating photograph of an illegal arms deal is discovered and Joona Linna decides to investigate. A fantastic listen and read. Lars Kepler write brilliantly together and Sean Barrett gives an excellent performance as the narrator.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited