Invisible Murder

Invisible Murder

Book rating: 04 Paperback A Nina Borg Novel

By (author) Lene Kaaberbol, By (author) Agnete Friis

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  • Publisher: Soho Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 346 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 190mm x 24mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 10 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1616952563
  • ISBN 13: 9781616952563
  • Sales rank: 225,090

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The second installment in the bestselling Danish crime series starring Red Cross nurse Nina Borg, following Fall 2011's New York Times–bestselling The Boy in the Suitcase   In the ruins of an abandoned Soviet military hospital in northern Hungary, two impoverished Roma boys are scavenging for old supplies or weapons to sell on the black market when they stumble upon something more valuable than they ever could have anticipated. The resulting chain of events threatens to blow the lives of a frightening number of people. Meanwhile, in Denmark, Red Cross nurse Nina Borg puts her life and family on the line when she tries to treat a group of Hungarian Gypsies who are living illegally in a Copenhagen garage. What are they hiding, and what is making them so sick? Nina is about to learn how high the stakes are among the desperate and the deadly. From the Hardcover edition.

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Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis are the Danish duo behind the Nina Borg series. Friis is a journalist by training, while Kaaberbøl has been a professional writer since the age of 15, with more than 2 million books sold worldwide. Their first collaboration, The Boy in the Suitcase, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, and has been translated into 27 languages.

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By Shelley Cusbert 12 Oct 2012 4

Though I didn't have the opportunity to read The Boy in the Suitcase it received such good press that I couldn't resist the opportunity to pick up the series sequel, Invisible Murder. Set in Eastern Europe, it features Nina Borg, a nurse who clandestinely supports an underground organisation that provides medical care and assistance to illegal immigrants in Denmark. When Nina is asked to assess a group of sick Roma (Gypsy) children hiding in a derelict mechanic workshop she assumes the nausea and diarrhea are a result of a virus or food poisoning. But the cause is far more sinister, tied to an abandoned Soviet hospital, a desperate Hungarian Roma teenager and a suspected terrorist threat.

I have to admit at around a third of the way into Invisible Murder I was contemplating abandoning it but decided to give it just a little more time. The turning point came not long after, as the established threads of the story began to merge and two hours later I turned the last page, replete. The tension in the last half of the novel had me riveted and I was intrigued by the growing twists and turns. I love that I didn't work out the the conclusion except in the most general way, the author's present an unusual yet credible twist.

The action of the plot is balanced neatly by the personal circumstances of the characters. Nina's altruistic fervour is offset by her difficult relationship with her teenage daughter and the consequences of her activities for her family. Sandor is a young man caught between loyalties whose life is turned upside down by his younger brother Tomas. I was particularly intrigued by Magnus and look forward to perhaps learning more about him in later books.

Invisible Murder is also a social commentary on the treatment of the Roma, the increase in racial intolerance within society and the ever present threat of terrorism that has law agencies straining at their limits. It's an interesting glimpse into the society of two countries that I am almost wholly unfamiliar with.

Despite the slow start, I really enjoyed Invisible Murder and hope to pick up The Boy in the Suitcase before the third translation of the Danish series is released, which will definitely be on my wishlist.

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Praise for Invisible Murder "Kaaberbøl and Friis return with a riveting follow-up to their 2011 debut, The Boy in the Suitcase....Nina and Sandor are flawed but appealing characters, and their stories smoothly connect in the buildup to a pulse-pounding finale. With its intricate plot and revealing glimpses into Roma life, this assured thriller cements its authors’ places near the top of the Scandinavian crime fiction pantheon." —Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW “The Danish authors Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis have written another disturbing exposé of social injustice in Invisible Murder.” —New York Times Book Review "Superb." —The Globe and Mail "Kaaberbøl and Friis describe this broken and terrifying world with the measured cadence of a network news anchor. From their report, civilization had a good run, but its lights are winking out.” —The Baton Rouge Advocate “Tense and twisty.” —The Sacramento Bee “Dark, suspenseful.” —The Daily American “This pair’s debut, The Boy in the Suitcase, grabbed me, and so did Invisible Murder.” —The Charlotte Observer “Kaaberbøl and Friis have created not only one of the best new crime series, but also one of the most unusual, in terms of the characters, the plots, and the way the crimes are integrated into the story.” —International Noir Fiction “Highly recommended for readers who want a novel that isn’t afraid to look unflinchingly, but not despairingly, at the world’s greatest social problems.” —Criminal Element “An exciting, well-written and -translated thriller with a clever twist ending.” —Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine "The authors do an excellent job with showing the radical divisions within Denmark. The book is suspenseful, the characters are often fascinating, and the plot is complex." —Ted Hertel, Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine "Invisible Murder will blow your mind.... It races towards an epic finish, an ending that leaves the reader both shocked and wonderfully satisfied. In the crowded world of Nordic crime, Invisible Murder rises above as a don’t-miss title." —BookReporter “Nina Borg is climbing higher and higher on my list of favorite crime fiction characters.” —Kittling Books "Invisible Murder, the sequel to The Boy in the Suitcase, is a gripping thriller which sets the various narrative threads running before entwining them in a nail-biting race against time climax." —EuroCrime “A fascinating insight into current Danish culture.” —Thinking About Books  Praise for The Boy in the Suitcase: The New York Times Book Review Notable Crime Book of 2011 Strand Magazine Critics Award Nominee Indie Next List November 2011 Pick Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel Harald Morgensen Award for Best Danish Thriller of the Year Glass Key Crime Fiction Award Nominee   “Here’s something you don’t often see in Nordic noir fiction—a novel written by two women about the criminal mistreatment of women and children, compassionately told from a feminine perspective and featuring female characters you can believe in.... The first collaborative effort of Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, and it packs an almighty punch.” —The New York Times Book Review “Terrific.... What’s for sure is that, once you start reading, you can’t stop—it’s as if the poor kid’s life depends on your getting to the end as fast as possible.” —Washington Post   “Suitcase is a frightening and tautly told story of the lengths to which people will go for family and money.” —USA Today   “Boy is first-rate thriller.... Fans of crime fiction and suspense will want to nab it. I just want to know when the next book is set for release.” —Associated Press   “Fans of Nordic crime fiction, rejoice: Something is rotten in Denmark.” —New York Post   “A must for Scandinavian crime fiction aficionados.” —Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW   “There are many twists, none gratuitous. This is a great beginning.... A series to watch.” —Globe and Mail   “Warning! If you open this book, your life will be on stand-by.” —Elle (Denmark)   “Extraordinary.... A crime novel where everything is perfectly done.” —The Weekend Newspaper (Denmark)   From the Hardcover edition.

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