512 pages, 8.99 × 5.94 × 1.29 in
June 12, 2012
McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771095732
ISBN - 13: 9780771095733
Read from the Book
Erik Maria Bark is yanked reluctantly from his dream when the telephone rings. Before he is fully awake, he hears himself say with a smile, “Balloons and streamers.” His heart is pounding from the sudden awakening. Erik has no idea what he meant by these words. The dream is completely gone, as if he had never had it. He fumbles to find the ringing phone, creeping out of the bedroom with it and closing the door behind him to avoid waking Simone. A detective named Joona Linna asks if he is sufficiently awake to absorb important information. His thoughts are still tumbling down into the dark empty space after his dream as he listens. “I’ve heard you’re very skilled in the treatment of acute trauma,” says Linna. “Yes,” says Erik. He swallows a painkiller as he listens. The detective explains that he needs to question a fifteen- year- old boy who has witnessed a double murder and been seriously injured himself. During the night he was moved from the neurological unit in Huddinge to the neurosurgical unit at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna. “What’s his condition?” Erik asks. The detective rapidly summarizes the patient’s status, concluding, “He hasn’t been stabilized. He’s in circulatory shock and unconscious.” “Who’s the doctor in charge?” asks Erik. “Daniella Richards.” “She’s extremely capable. I’m sure she can—” “She was the one who asked me to call you. She needs your help. It’s urgent.” When Erik returns to the bedroom to get his clothes, Simone is lying on her back,
From the Publisher
Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide, all of the victims from the same family, captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the grisly murders -- against the wishes of the national police. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is an intended victim -- the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes intended for this boy to die: he has suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and Lapsed into a state of shock. He's in no condition to be questioned. Desperate for information, Linna sees one mode of recourse: 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 had 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
LARS KEPLER is a pseudonym for a literary couple who live and write in Sweden.
From the Hardcover edition.