NOWHERE IS SAFE . . . NOT EVEN YOUR DREAMS.
Police discover the lifeless body of a young woman on an abandoned yacht. The next day, a man is found hanging in his apartment. When Detectives Joona Linna and Saga Bauer uncover a surprising connection between the two deaths, they will be forced to confront a relentless killer who’s always one step ahead and a ruthless business tycoon who preys on his victims’ worst nightmares to achieve his sinister ends.
Joona Linna looks into two bizarre deaths in Kepler's complex second novel featuring the Stockholm detective inspector (after 2011's The Hypnotist). Carl Palmcrona, the general director of the National Inspectorate of Strategic Products, which oversees military exports, is found hanged in an empty room in his house, while the Coast Guard discovers Penelope Fernandez drowned on a drifting motorboat in dry clothes. Linna senses there's more to both deaths than meets the eye, especially after Penelope's peace activist sister who wasn't one to keep her views on Sweden's arms export business to places like Sudan a secret goes missing. With the possible terrorist angle to consider, Linna must vie for control of the case with S po, the Swedish Security Service, and reluctantly joins forces with a 25-year-old female S po inspector. Fans of slow-burning Scandinavian crime fiction with troubled heroes will feel right at home with Kepler, the pseudonym of a Swedish literary couple.