Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril, both established writers with several published books, teamed up professionally for the first time to write The Hypnotist. The pseudonym Lars Kepler allowed them to separate their earlier, independent work, from this new common authorship, and they even submitted the manuscript anonymously. Five days later, publisher Albert Bonniers knew they had a nail-biting best seller in the vein of Stieg Larsson's novels.
 
Still, the Ahndorils did not want to reveal their true identity. With successful separate careers, and a well-functioning life together with their three children, they felt no need to come clean. As expected, the media launched a huge investigation, and it wasn’t long before one of Sweden's largest tabloids paid a visit to their summer home, urging them to confess that they had written one of the most widely read European books of 2010.

Born in 1966, Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril grew up in Helsingborg. Her father was a teacher in maritime technology and her mother was a housewife. After becoming involved with the Helsingborg State Theatre and independent theater, she moved to Stockholm in the 90s to study at the Theatre Academy, before realizing it was not an actress she would become.
 
Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril has previously published three books: her debut book Stjärneborg (2003) described the life of astronomer Tycho Brahe; Birgitta och Katarina (2006) was about Holy Birgitta; and Mäster (2009) covered socialist agitator August Palm. She has also been a literary critic in Göteborgs-Posten and doctorate in Lund. Today, she works only on the books by Lars Kepler.
 
Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril married Alexander Ahndoril in 1996. The couple has three daughters and lives near the National Police on Kungsholmen in Stockholm, with a summer home on the west coast of Sweden.

Born in 1967, Alexander Ahndoril grew up in Upplands Väsby, a suburb of Stockholm. At just 22 years old debuted with the post-modern novel Den äkta kvinnan.
 
Since then he has written about twenty plays (for stage, radio and opera) and published eight more novels as The Thaiboxer and The Diplomat. His most successful novel before Lars Kepler was The Director, a novel about the filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. It was translated to eleven languages and longlisted in the UK for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2009.
 
Alexander is married to Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, they have three daughters and live in Stockholm City.

Lars Kepler

 
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