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Paganinikontrakten (Joona Linna #2)

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Hardcover, 583 pages
Published 2010 by Gyldendal
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Maurício I readed this book without read the The Hypnotist first, and had no problem. The book have start, middle and end.
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Jul 03, 2013 Lalaluya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a message regarding Stef's review, which sadly is the first review and has five likes. Firstly, Penelope (the girl in the first 21, not 30, pages) is not the protagonist, that point of view was merely to give an insight on the character, character depth if you will. If Stef had continued reading she would've realised that Joona Linna was the actual protagonist. Secondly it is quite disparaging how she gives it one star because of merely twenty one pages in comparison to the whole book, a ...more
Luís C.
We do not let go of the book easily even if the track is long and where the main characters come out incredibly. The plot is sufficiently conducted not to know what the reasons are and which is at the origin of all these murders.
The murders are strange, and disrupt more than one policeman except Inspector Joona Linna who quickly understands that he is not dealing with a criminal. We find ourselves caught up in an important political traffic.
Aug 12, 2012 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This 500 page book could have been at least 200 pages shorter. The main story about people involved in arms deals, was surrounded by several unnecessary side stories. I enjoyed the previous Lars Keplar book, The Hypnotist. This one was difficult to get into and a disappointment.
Feb 09, 2011 Stef rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Stay away. Stay far, far away.
I made it approximately thirty pages into this one, and I just... can't. I can't read any more.

The whole thing reads like a mediocre self-insert fanfiction, and the protagonist is the most hateful one I've ever come across; the first chapter describes a televised debate between a peace activist and a weapons manufacturer, with the manufacturer pwning the activist quite severely, and I was really amused until horrendous realization began to dawn and I understood exactly which one of the two was t
Καλογραμμένο αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα, με σφιχτή δομή, το οποίο εστιάζει στον βρώμικο (υπο)κοσμο της (νόμιμης ή παράνομης) πώλησης όπλων, κυρίως σε χώρες που βρίσκονται σε εμπόλεμη κατάσταση, όπου ξεδιπλώνεται το διπλό και ύπουλο παιχνίδι που παίζεται στις πλάτες αθώων ανθρώπων και άμαχου πληθυσμού.
Εντούτοις το βιβλίο δεν περιέχει στοιχεία ψυχολογικού θρίλερ οπως ο "Υπνωτιστής", ούτε το σασπένς και την αγωνία του, ούτε όμως και την κορύφωση στο τέλος του, στοιχεία που - κατά την άποψή μου - δεν επ
Oct 15, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
MUCH better than the first book! The plot was linear and cohesive; you felt like you were in the same story from the beginning to end. The addition of Saga Bauer is a great character, and there were some open-ended things (like did Peter not re-load the gun on purpose?)that left you hanging and wondering about the balance of things at the end of the book. The chapters are short and tight and this is a good thriller.

The downside for me is still that Joona Linna isn't that interesting a character.
Aug 22, 2016 Vaso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Πάει καιρός από όταν διάβασα τον Υπνωτιστή και είχα σχεδόν ξεχάσει τη γραφή του Lars Kepler. Το συμβόλαιο του Παγκανίνι, ξεκινάει γρήγορα, με αρκετούς εμπλεκόμενους, είτε πρόσωπα είτε δολοφονίες, που σε κρατά σε εγρήγορση καθόλη τη διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης. Από τη στιγμή που ανακαλύπτεται το πτώμα της Βιόλας, μαθαίνουμε για την αυτοκτονία του Παλμκρόνα κ στη συνέχεια παρακολουθούμε με κομμένη την ανάσα,την προσπάθεια της Πενέλοπε να αποφύγει το διώκτη της κ να παραμείνει ζωντανή. Νέα πρόσωπα, φαιν ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Christa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No where near as good as The Hypnotist. Disappointing. :(
Sep 13, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is the second book in a developing series based around hard hitting cop Joona Linna. Basically it is one long thrilling experience from the first page. Reminiscent of a James Bond movie this is a novel on a really large scale with not a page wasted as this writing duo take you on a journey of threat, brutal chases and hand to hand conflict. It has action throughout balanced by involved characterisation. It is a mystery you will enjoy reading and a story that will captivate you based around ...more
Jsem na rozpacích, už u Hypnotizéra jsem byla.. Autoři píší čtivě, to bez debat, za mě ale nějak pokulhává děj a to se snažím nesrovnávat s ostatním severem. Joona Linna je sympaťák, mám pro tyhle detektivy nějak slabost, jen mě v prvním díle zklamalo, kam se ubíral děj a tady mě celkově nějak nevtáhnul a do dalších dílů mě láká hlavně ta detektivova linka, o čem se to tam na konci mluvilo a o čem poměrně často dumal.
Ale jako odpočinková četba to svůj účel splňuje, jen čekám, že mě to víc odzbro
Mar 23, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
This was my first read of Lars Kepler the husband & wife team set in Sweden i enjoyed it at the beginning but toward the end was a little drawn out had unnecessary dialogue which could have been settled in half the book, but that is just my opinion.

I enjoyed the character of Joona Linna thought he was strong & did his job well i have the Hypnotist on my kindle just hope that one is not as dragged out at this one was.
Toni Osborne
Mar 29, 2013 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2, in the Detective Inspector Joona Linna series

This is another nail-biting mystery with chase after chase and tense situation that keeps coming at every pages or so. This second complex installment looks into two bizarre deaths, one being of Carl Palmcrona, the general director of the National inspectorate of Strategic Products overseeing military exports found hanged at his home and the other of Penelope Fernandez found dead on a drifting boat.

And voilà, Linna detective extraordinaire is
Monika Zbínová
Jan 05, 2014 Monika Zbínová rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mne ten Joona Lina skrátka nesedí. Dala som 4 hviezdy, ale za celkový dojem, bavilo ma to čítať. Detektívne série založené na hlavnej postave poznám ale aj lepšie. Okolo Keplera je skrátka „veľa kriku pre nič“.
Tempo de Ler
Depois de ler O Hipnotista, O Executor entrou imediatamente na minha lista de livros a ler! Continuamos a acompanhar o comissário da polícia Joona Linna nas suas investigações, desta vez, depois de uma abertura cheia de suspense não só com um homicídio mas também com um misterioso suicídio.

Joona Linna vê-se então numa luta contra o tempo para encontrar a militante pacifista Penélope, perseguida por um assassino profissional muito hábil, minucioso e metódico quando percebe que o problema é, na r
I passed on reading the first book in this series when it appeared because there was a large pair of bloody scissors on the cover. Even though this one features a knife, I decided to plunge in. The detective, Joona Linna, a Finn living in Sweden (and male) is a fun character.

Reviews of this book describe is as "noir" and I suppose it is a bit. As of now, I have gone back to read "The Hypnotist", scissors and all, as well as the third book in the series, "The Fire Witness". (Bloody hammer on the
Jul 13, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! I loved it every bit as much as The Hypnotist, and now I completely understand why it was on the Good Reads "Best of 2011" list.

Lars Kepler does a fantastic job of weaving an intricate web of suspense, intrigue, danger, and precarious circumstances to make even the most casual reader want to sit down and read this book in one sitting.

Every one of the characters is fully fleshed out, and the book reads like a miniseries would look. You see them, walk with them, and can use all
Neide Parafitas
Neste segundo livro da dupla Lars Kepler são-nos apresentados logo no início da trama dois homicídios: Um de uma mulher que aparece morta numa embarcação e que apesar de ter o corpo seco, tem os pulmões cheios de água; e outro de um director-geral de Armamento e Infraestruturas de Defesa da Suécia em que o enforcamento parece ter sido a causa da sua morte.

A questão que se coloca é se estas mortes estarão relacionadas! A polícia não crê que possa haver qualquer relação entre elas, contudo isso nã
Amy Rhodes
May 24, 2012 Amy Rhodes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This new one by the author of The Hypnotist features the same detectives but I confess that while I remember liking The Hypnotist a lot, the characters did not stick in my mind. They might now as they are very well-developed here, and likeable. This is a big fat thriller with a complicated plot that holds together impressively, with many interconnected characters that are all sufficiently well-developed that you don't mix them up---not a small accomplishment! The more I think about the intricate ...more
Mar 09, 2012 Marlene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I welcomed the authors' effort to try to capture the dark side of Swedish arms trade. Sadly I was distracted by all of the misinformation throughout the book. With all of the information out there on Darfur, it was disappointing that the bits on Sudan were poorly researched. I would have preferred if the authors had instead used a fictitious country. The misinformation was so distracting that I had difficulty enjoying the book.
May 21, 2016 Lucie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Das Buch war wieder einmal so genial!
Dawn Borris
Jan 17, 2017 Dawn Borris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book kept my interest and I enjoyed reading it typical detective catching the bad guy
Nov 24, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kepler returns with another sadistic thriller, placing Detective Inspector Joona Linna in a place of greater prominence. What do a woman found drowned on the dock of a pleasure ship left adrift and a man left hanging in his barren apartment have in common? Leave it to Linna to find the link and vow to bring the killer(s) to justice. Working with the rest of the National Criminal Investigation Division, Linna links his investigation with Saga Bauer from the Säpo's Security division (presumably pa ...more
Rowena Hoseason
Dec 20, 2014 Rowena Hoseason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Nightmare:

This is a skilful Scandinavian police procedural, which deftly weaves personal peril with concerns of global significance and features a credible and interesting central detective. It's very much in the tradition of the best Wallander or Martin Beck mysteries, using what starts as a small investigation to shine a light on a much bigger picture.

The result is a long, complex and rewarding novel which I enjoyed far more than the author's previous book, The Hypnotist, and which you do
Jun 22, 2014 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of good thrillers; Book addicts looking for a stunning fix
4 stars

Lars Kepler team, you have my loyalty.

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Even though this book wasn't as creepy as "The Hypnotist", it still managed to get me hooked in the exact same way.

Kepler writes in an enticing manner that stimulates the reader's intelligence. Instead of explaining everything plain and simple, the writer is enigmatic, forcing the reader to come up with his own deduction of the situation. For instance, Kepler doesn't explicitly state the nature of Joona's relationship with Disa, nor does he offer an
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Magda Pais
Nov 17, 2014 Magda Pais rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own, 2016
As minhas expectativas estavam bastante elevadas. O primeiro livro que li desta dupla de escritores (confesso, descobri que era uma dupla de escritores apenas a semana passada...) foi O Hipnotista, livro lido em 2012 e do qual gostei imenso. Creio que, por isso, quando comecei a leitura d'o Executor, esperava mais. Ou talvez o problema tenha sido a forma como o livro está escrito (ou traduzido?) e não a história em si. Aliás, a esse propósito, comentei com alguém que este livro me deixada com mi ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Alexis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
I hate to review books I didn't actually finish. Unfortunately, I gave up after 150 pages, because I gave up hope of getting into it. The writing (or possibly the translation) is very awkward--for some reason, the use of the present tense with a 3rd person omniscient point of view kept grating in a way I can't quite describe. After 150 pages of a thriller, I should feel like I've gotten some kind of mystery to get my teeth into. Instead, I'm treated to 3 page chapters that don't add up to anythi ...more
I purely enjoy the Kepler books. This is the second one about the policeman Joona Linna and I wasn't sure I'd like it as much as the first one. But I have to say this one, The Nightmare, was better.

There are some flaws in the story, but by some reason I can't explain, they don't bother me that much. Like some moth eaten parts of a good cardigan. I'd still wear it.

I wish I could give this book 3 1/5 stars but I can't. It's a good thrill and with plenty of twists and turns. Works as an audio book
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Lars Kepler is a pseudonym used by Swedish writer couple Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril. Both previously published authors, together they have written five crime novels so far, all concerning the investigations of police inspector Joona Linna.
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