By Lars Kepler
"Kepler presents a grasp type in noir."―The Boston Globe
A drowned younger lady is found on an deserted excitement boat drifting through the Stockholm archipelago---strangely, her outfits are dry. the following day in Stockholm, a guy turns up useless, placing from a lamp hook inside of his thoroughly naked apartment---but how may possibly he have hung himself without furnishings to climb upon? As Detective Inspector Joona Linna starts to piece jointly the 2 mysteries, he discovers that they're an insignificant prelude to a dizzying and hazardous process occasions. From the the world over bestselling writer of The Hypnotist comes The Nightmare, one other spellbinding story of Nordic crime.
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Joona hears that Claudia is muffling her crying. “I don’t be aware of what I will be doing … I … i have to be aware of what i will be able to do or no matter if I may still retain speaking along with her buddies. ” “The neatest thing you are able to do is remain home,” Joona says. “Penelope may possibly attempt to touch you and then—” “She won’t name me,” says Claudia. “I imagine she—” “I’ve constantly been too difficult on Penny. I’m continuously offended at her. I don’t fairly recognize why. I … I don’t are looking to lose her. I can’t lose Penelope, I …” Claudia’s sobs are actually loud within the receiver. She attempts to regulate herself; fails. With a slightly audible apology, she ends the decision. correct throughout from the fishermen’s offer store is Sankt Paulsgatan three, the place Penelope Fernandez lives. Joona walks over to Erixson, who's staring right into a store window. the store used to show images of the fisherman who stuck the most important salmon within the Stockholm River that week. Now the home windows are crowded with hundreds and hundreds of hi Kitty goods. the whole store offers an amazingly stark distinction to the soiled brown partitions of the building’s external. “Little physique, huge head,” Erixson says as Joona comes as much as him. Erixson issues on the hi Kittys. “They’re particularly cute,” Joona admits. “Me—I’m completely backward. Small head on a wide body,” Erixson jokes. Joona offers him an amused look as he opens the large front door. They stroll up the steps and view the nameplates, the illuminated buttons for turning at the ceiling lighting, and the overflowing rubbish cans. within the stairwell, it smells like sunshine, dirt, and eco-friendly cleaning soap. Erixson takes carry of the glossy wood handrail so demanding that its screws and mounting brackets creak as he climbs, panting, whereas attempting to stay alongside of Joona. They make it to the fourth flooring while and examine one another. Erixson’s face is quivering from the trouble. He nods whereas wiping the sweat from his brow and whispers to Joona, “Sorry approximately that. ” “It’s humid this present day. ” There are stickers close to the doorbell. Antinuclear, reasonable alternate, and the peace image. Joona offers Erixson a quick look, then places his ear to the door. His eyes slender. “What is it? ” Joona presses the doorbell whereas nonetheless listening. He waits one other second earlier than he pulls his picklock from his internal pocket. “Maybe it was once nothing,” Joona says as he rigorously jimmies the straightforward lock. He eases open the door, then adjustments his brain and softly closes it back. He waves Erixson to the facet. He’s uncertain why. They pay attention the melody from an ice-cream truck open air. Erixson frowns and faucets his cheek nervously. Joona’s palms think chilly, yet then he lightly opens the door and steps within. Newspapers, advertisements, and a letter from the Left celebration muddle the rug. The air is unmoving and scents stale. A velvet curtain hangs in entrance of a closet. There’s a hissing sound, probably from the pipes, and someplace something’s ticking. Joona has no notion why his hand is attaining for his holstered weapon. He touches it together with his hands the place it’s resting beneath his jacket, yet leaves it there. His eyes visit the bloodred curtain after which to the kitchen door.