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The Authors Behind the Author of “The Hypnotist”

“The Hyp­no­tist” is prob­a­bly the most preva­lent name for any fic­tion­al book deal­ing with hyp­no­sis: I know of at least 8 or 9 of them, not includ­ing this most recent release. There seems to be a cycle, as there are times I think that a book with this title comes out reg­u­lar­ly, with two reg­u­lar pub­li­ca­tions already this year: it could a reg­u­lar fea­ture of the blog to read and com­ment on them alone. But its rare that the crit­ics take notice of such books, so its worth not­ing when one does.

“The Hyp­no­tist” by Lars Kepler is the most recent book of the name, a Swedish mys­tery nov­el (trans­lat­ed into Eng­lish) where the hyp­no­tist is not the sus­pect or the detec­tive, but in this case an inves­ti­ga­tor (the third most log­i­cal choice) called in to help the young sur­vivor of a series of mur­ders recall infor­ma­tion about the crime. It was a best sel­l­ar in Europe, called the biggest sale of the 2009 Lon­don Book Fair and since received excel­lent reviews in such venues as Enter­tain­ment Week­ly, the Inde­pen­dant (UK), and oth­ers. Some are even call­ing Lars Kepler the next Stieg Lars­son (“The Girl With the Drag­on Tat­too”.)

Except that author Lars Kelper is only a pseu­do­nym for Swedish authors Alexan­der and Alexan­dra Coel­ho Ahn­do­ril. They were inter­viewed in the US Nation­al Pub­lic Radio Morn­ing Edi­tion pro­gram, which can be heard here. They can also be seen in a video interview:

‘Attack Angels’ — “Charlie’s Angels”


Char­lie’s Angels inves­ti­gates a hos­tile takeover of a com­pa­ny that involves the sus­pi­cious deaths of sev­er­al com­pa­ny board mem­bers. Kel­ly (Jaclyn Smith) and Kris (Cheryl Ladd) are sent under­cov­er to the com­pa­ny to inves­ti­gate while Julie Rogers (Tanya Roberts) attempts to infil­trate Rear­don Asso­ciates, which had sup­plied many of the com­pa­ny’s staff. What they find is a con­spir­a­cy com­bin­ing hyp­no­sis and murder

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing “‘Attack Angels’ — “Charlie’s Angels””

‘The Sleep of Reason’ — “Petrocelli”

A stu­dent has a vio­lent argu­ment with his pro­fes­sor, storms out of class, then returns sev­er­al min­utes lat­er, bran­dish­ing a gun and shoots the pro­fes­sor before the entire class. Its a clas­sic open and shut case, except the stu­dent does­n’t remem­ber any­thing of the inci­dent. That’s what gets Petro­cel­li’s attention.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing “‘The Sleep of Rea­son’ — “Petro­cel­li””

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