From the author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed
Out the Window and Disappeared comes a picaresque tale of how
one person''s actions can have far-reaching-even
On June 14, 2007, the king and the prime minister of Sweden went
missing from a gala banquet at the royal castle. Later it was said
that both had fallen ill, but the truth is different. The real
story starts much earlier, in 1961, with the birth of Nombeko
Mayeki in a shack in Soweto. Nombeko was fated to grow up fast and
die early in her poverty-stricken township, be it from drugs,
alcohol, or just plain despair. But Nombeko takes a different path.
She finds work as a housecleaner and eventually makes her way up to
the position of chief advisor, at the helm of one of the world''s
most secret projects.
Here is where the tale merges with then diverges from reality.
South Africa developed six nuclear missiles in the 1980s, then
voluntarily dismantled them in 1994. This is the story of the
seventh missile, the one that was never supposed to have existed.
Nombeko Mayeki knows too much about it, and now she''s on the run
from both the South African justice system and the most terrifying
secret service in the world. The fate of the planet now lies in
Jonasson introduces us to a cast of eccentrics: a nerve-damaged
American Vietnam deserter, twin brothers who are officially only
one person, three careless Chinese girls, an angry young woman, a
potato-growing baroness, the Swedish king and the prime minister.
Quirky and utterly unique, The Girl Who Saved the King of
Sweden is a charming and humorous account of one young
woman''s unlikely adventure.