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Only Swedes can help hypnosis

Lars Kepler is not one of the Scandinavian criminals, but there are two of them: the writer’s pseudonym covers a couple, Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril, who before they started writing together, both had put on the table this (historical novel, drama, radio plays, etc.). Their first joint book The Hypnotist was the first piece of their Joona Linna series to date, followed by five others, of which 12 million worldwide have been sold, and the plan is that sometime this seventh volume is coming this year.

The name of the series is a Finnish son of Joona Linna, not a detective in Stockholm police, but the hypnotist rather exposes his figure and the focus is on the title character, Erik Maria Bark, a psychiatrist who has become famous and notorious of his hypnosis therapies. Since in the past one case has questioned its entire past, the doctor has vowed he will never hypnotize anyone again. His assumption lasts until the chance of rescuing the boy’s sister by hypnotizing a seriously injured and traumatized boy named Josef. (Whether the hypnosis method mentioned in the book is working, we really do not get into it, I really have no idea, but according to the rules of fiction we now accept that it works.) The boy apparently is a victim of an attack that someone brutally tortured and mutilated he eventually killed his family: his mother, his father, and his little sister. The doctor is confident that the boy in the hospital and the hypnotized may have information that can advance the investigation, but Bark will only open the box of choking nightmares and soon be worried about his own and the physical integrity of his loved ones.

The hypnotist, in fact, does not aim at a crime, but at least two (and then we have not even talked about the millions of side-threads that are handled by the authors, even though some are quite weightless). Josef escapes from the hospital and soon disappears the son of Erik Maria Bark, the severely bloodthirsty Benjamin. The key to this solution is somewhere in the past, even in the period when Bark led hypnosis therapy, and in his group from a child abused woman to a war criminal Yugoslav refugee, there was a whole range of people who could have any involvement with the present events. Bark does not trust the police and insists that Joona Linna should be investigating her son, in parallel with her father-in-law, ex-police officer Kennet. In parallel, therefore, at least three investigations have begun (police, ex-police and Barke), but the emphasis is on the latter, his past, his motivations, his bottlenecks, his mistakes give the dynamics of the present act.

In this case, the hypnotist is in any case different from the average Scandinavian crime, since it is almost always the detective (in a stand-alone cause like Nesbot, the boy) the criminal is the main figure whose eyes are seen through the events. The author, on the other hand, made a strong protagonist of the classical minor form of the criminal (doctor / psychiatrist, anxious dad, etc.) and the name of the series was a bit behind.

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