The piercing sequel to THE HYPNOTIST, Lars Kepler’s bestselling international debut, THE NIGHTMARE puts Detective Inspector Joona Linna on a case that takes him face-to-face with one of the world’s deadliest power brokers. When police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago, she is identified as Penelope Fernandez, a renowned peace activist. But soon the woman’s identity is called into question, and other facts are troubling: though her lungs are filled with brackish water, there are no traces of water on her clothes or her body. The next day, a high-ranking government official from a weapons division is found dead in his apartment; he has apparently hanged himself.
Escalating into a pulse-pounding rescue mission --- one that reveals a terrifying trail of corruption linking Europe’s wealthiest families to vicious war crimes in Sudan --- THE NIGHTMARE weaves an intricate web of motives and manipulation. And munitions aren’t the only commodity in this novel: equally significant is a collection of priceless violins once owned by Niccolò Paganini, the virtuoso rumored to have signed a pact with the Devil.
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