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Product Details

  • Series: A Nina Borg Novel (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime; Reprint edition (January 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616954515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616954512
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

The authors of The Boy in the Suitcase (2011) return with another thriller involving Nina Borg, Danish rescue worker. Now working as a nurse at Coal-House Camp for refugees, she has taken a special interest in an eight-year-old Ukrainian asthmatic girl, whose mother has been imprisoned for murdering her abusive fiancé. When the mother escapes, she heads straight for her daughter, but someone gets there first and tries to kidnap the child. Nina is convinced there is more going on than authorities are willing to recognize and is determined to protect the little girl from harm, no matter where it comes from. Interspersed among chapters of the ensuing suspense story is a tale of two sisters, Olga and Oxana, growing up in Ukraine in the 1930s, when famine and “Uncle Joe” Stalin’s push toward collectivism made their peasant life a nightmare. The merging of the two stories strains belief a bit, but readers who like historical fiction will nonetheless find themselves intrigued by the emotionally resonant portrayal of the sisters growing up in extraordinary times, and readers who like thrillers that touch on women’s issues will appreciate the sketches of two women, one determined to save her child at any cost, the other obsessed with saving the world one person at a time. --Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for Death of a Nightingale

A BBC Front Row Best Crime Novel of the Year
A
Publishers Weekly Top 10 Mystery of of the Year

A Book Page Best Mystery & Thriller of the Year
An IndieNext Selection
A Public Library Association LibraryReads Selection

"[Nina] joins the sisterhood of run-amok heroines like Homeland's Carrie Mathison and Lisbeth Salander of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Nina doesn't just have a bee in her bonnet—she has a whole hive. And it's buzzing away in her latest adventure, Death of a Nightingale, an elaborately plotted page-turner that flits from today's liberal-minded Denmark and mobbed-up Ukraine to the starvation-racked Soviet Union of the Stalinist '30s."
—John Powers, NPR's Fresh Air

"Death of a Nightingale is a gripping and elegant tapestry of a novel. A seamless weaving of psychological depth and rocket-paced plotting, the story hooked me in and the strong, complicated, and fascinating women at its center kept me utterly riveted cover-to-cover.  Nina Borg is one of my new favorite heroines!"
—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of In the Blood

"Feminist outrage fuels the politically pointed novels of the Danish writing partners Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis . . . Nina is all heart and her efforts to bring justice to women like Natasha are heroic."
—New York Times Book Review

"A moving story . . . [Kaaberbøl and Friis] tell a socially conscious—and, at times, critical—tale about immigration issues that apply both to Denmark and the U.S. without sacrificing the urgency of the best thrillers."
—Oprah.com

"Required reading for fans of the burgeoning field of new Nordic suspense."
—Kirkus Reviews

"There are two parallel stories told in this exciting mystery. The main story is about a beautiful young Russian woman, Natasha, accused by the Ukrainian authorities of murdering her husband. She manages to escape with her young daughter to Denmark. Subsequently she is sent to a Danish prison for the murder of her fiancée. There are many clues that seem to demonstrate her innocence, but someone prefers that the truth be left unknown. The second story line takes place around 1934 when Stalin was in power. Oxana, also called the nightingale of the people, and her younger sister Olga are featured. The dreadful circumstances of their lives have tentacles that reach far into the future, and collide with the fate of Natasha and her daughter. The mystery builds and builds in intensity until it is almost impossible to put the book down."
—ABA IndieNext Selection

“Compulsive do-gooder Nina Borg is now involved with Ukrainian detainees seeking asylum in Denmark. Among them are Natasha, an abused refugee and widow of a slain journalist, and her anxious 8-year-old daughter, Katerina. The two are pursued by a mysterious, powerful Ukrainian woman and Danish security forces, who consider Natasha a suspect in her fiance’s murder. Two plots gradually merge in a dramatic climax. Recommended for fans of Karin Fossum, Arnaldur Indridison, Colin Cotterill and mystery lovers who prefer plots that explore social justice and morality.”
—PLA LibraryReads Selection


"Artfully drawn characters who are a pleasure to know populate Kaaberbøl and Friis’s excellent third thriller featuring nurse Nina Borg . . . Woven in with the present-day narrative are scenes from 1934 Ukraine, where two sisters are starving in a nightmare childhood. The stories eventually link up, of course, with one final clever twist."
Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

"Nina is an imperfect hero, which makes her all the more appealing."
—The Boston Globe

"[The] latest Nina Borg mystery grips . . . A sense of mystery and threat looms large over the gloomy, ice-bound landscape."
—The Independent (UK)

"The authors follow their 2011 Nordic noir hit The Boy in the Suitcase with this intense murder mystery, once again starring Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg. Intricate, compelling and dark."
—The Sacramento Bee

"Explores a different kind of trauma, with deep, twisting roots in the forced famine of Stalin in Eastern Europe of the 1930s . . . This well-crafted book takes us to the inevitable conclusion that, while life can go on after the worst of the worst, the past is always with us."
Buffalo News

"Scandinavian Crime Aficionados will love this chilling modern thriller."
Mystery Tribune

"Readers who like historical fiction will nonetheless find themselves intrigued by the emotionally resonant portrayal of the sisters growing up in extraordinary times, and readers who like thrillers that touch on women’s issues will appreciate the sketches of two women, one determined to save her child at any cost, the other obsessed with saving the world one person at a time." 
—Booklist

"Fascinating and terrifying."
—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Fans of the duo's previous books will not be disappointed."
—Library Journal

"The Danish duo just keeps getting better . . . [Death of a Nightingale] is near perfect."
—RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

"One police character in Death of a Nightingale describes Nina Borg as 'hostile to authority and borderline paranoid.' That’s one way of looking at our Nina’s heroism."
—Toronto Star

"Once again, Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis have constructed an emotional roller coaster ride peopled by characters of marvelous depth and nuance."
Kittling Books

"Kaaberbøl and Friis have served up a complex, compelling mystery, one that is filled with fascinating characters, provocative themes, and plenty of pulse-pounding action."
BookLoons

"Kaaberbøl and Friis are among the very best writers in the current crop of Scandinavian crime writers." 
—Glenn Harper, International Noir Fiction

"Ultimately a story of families torn apart, both in the present and in the past . . . A welcome addition to an already outstanding panoply of Scandinavian crime novels."
—Crimespree Magazine

"This is the third in the Nina Borg series, and this latest title certainly caters to the mystery (and slightly gory) reader . . . Readers will discover the reason for the gory fable at the beginning, and by the end of the book, they’ll be cheering."
—Suspense Magazine

"Intricately woven, utterly compelling."
Criminal Element

"May be the best of the series."
—Midwest Book Review

"How can I put this? It seems wrong to say it’s entertaining or a pleasure to read, because it will make you sad and angry and ache with sympathy. Yet it’s a story that you will care about and the plot will propel you forward. Perhaps the most accurate words for it are 'thrilling' and 'unforgettable.' It’s a very good book."
Barbara Fister, Scandinavian Crime Fiction

"The contemporary story alternates with a riveting account of life in Ukraine in the 1930s, first during the famine and the campaign against the kulaks . . . Two little girls are at the center of this story, one eight, the other ten. What they did as children and what was done to them is still reverberating seventy years on."
—Reviewing the Evidence

"Loved this . . . A terrific story of how the past can continue on and  spread its tentacles into the future."
Before It's News

"A stunning indictment of all that was wrong with Stalinist Russia . . . [and] a story that will leave the reader on the edge of the seat until the end."
—Deadly Pleasures

"Suspense that captivates you and characters that quickly become much more than just clever constructions."
Extra (Ekstra Bladet, Denmark)

"Incredibly well written with both an original and suspenseful plot."
Politken (Denmark)

"Captivating, fast-paced and moving."
The Jutland Post (Jyllands-Posten, Denmark)

"Elegantly told and thankfully completely without any of the normal clichés that otherwise rule the genre. A really well composed thriller."
West Jutland News (JydskeVestkysten, Denmark) 


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Customer Reviews

The plot is complex and very satisfying.
Patricia Loftfjeld
The two parallel stories seemed to meet in the final pages, and while each of them, individually, was interesting, they did not connect convincingly in the end.
Terry94705
I certainly hope they keep writing together, and I will be looking forward to their next book, and their next, and their next.
Patricia H. Parker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on November 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It is difficult enough to write a book by yourself, and it would seem doubly so with two in the mix. Think about it for a moment, and you will understand what I mean. That is but one element that makes the novels in the Nina Borg series so remarkable. Nina Borg is the creation of authors Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, and the books that form their canon --- THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE, INVISIBLE MURDER, and now DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE, newly published in the United States --- are smooth and seamless collaborations from which a complex and prickly character has emerged.

Nina is a Danish Red Cross nurse employed at a clinic at a Danish camp set up to administer to the needs of refugees and illegal immigrants. She is not entirely likable, given to impulsive acts and a single-mindedness that has cost her to lose her marriage and family. All the books thus far provide an unflinching, thousand-yard stare at humanity’s inhumanity, using the mystery genre as a backdrop. And mysteries there are a-plenty in the series, particularly in DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE.

The primary plot involves a Ukrainian refugee named Natasha Doroshenko and her young daughter, Katerina. While waiting for a determination on her immigration status, Natasha became engaged to Michael, a Danish man. It developed that Michael was abusive, a situation that Natasha suffered in silence until she caught him sexually assaulting Katerina. Natasha was arrested and charged with attempted murder, with Katerina being kept at a children’s camp near the prison. All seems well until one day Natasha is transported to the Danish police headquarters for questioning. When she sees two Ukrainian policemen apparently waiting for her, Natasha makes a daring escape. Shortly after, Michael is found tortured and murdered.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 2, 2013
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Nina Borg, Red Cross nurse, is in pretty sad shape in this third novel in the series. She's lost her husband and children by being more interested in nursing strangers than nurturing her family. And she still hasn't been cured of her save-the-world compulsion.

Now there's a little Ukrainian girl who needs saving. Katerina's mother, accused of murder in Denmark and the Ukraine, has escaped custody and is looking for her daughter. And some nasty types from the Ukraine seem to be pursuing both mother and child.

The action moves back and forth from modern-day Denmark to the Ukraine in the Stalin era. The Ukraine story is a horrific tale of betrayals and executions, complete with a wicked witch. The story in Denmark is also replete with violence. The fairy-tale quality of the Ukraine story occasionally invades Denmark.

Nina's proclivity for thwarting bad people, defending the downtrodden, and saving lives gets full play in this novel.

I'm enjoying this series a lot. The action is hot, and the characters original and very human.

There's not much good news for good-hearted Nina in this book. But I'm hoping things will look up for her in the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PattyLouise VINE VOICE on January 29, 2014
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Death Of A Nightingale
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Lene Kaaberbol & Agnette Friis

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Natasha Doroshenko has been arrested for murdering her fiancé. On her way to her interrogation she escapes. Nina Borg...a nurse...tries to help Natasha and her daughter but much is unknown about this woman and her past.

My thoughts after reading this book...

This book captured my attention in the opening pages. Natasha is being held by the police while her daughter is being cared for at a Red Cross facility under the watchful eye of Nurse Nina.
The only problem for me was that I did not realize that this was the third book in this series. The book is fine without reading the first two books but I really did some research to find out more about Nina and her background and why she is driving an old car and living in a sort of inexpensive apartment and why she doesn't seem to have her children all of the time. The mystery surrounding Natasha is revealed slowly. Nina has had an interest in Natasha because of her daughter and does not believe that she is capable of murder. Natasha escapes from the police and steals a car in order to get to her daughter.
However...during the time that she is loose...her fiancé is brutally murdered. And...someone that Natasha calls "The Witch" appears to be after Natasha and her daughter.

There are flashbacks in this book to a horrible time...1934/35...people were desperate, starving, filthy, persecuted and murdered. The Witch is someone from that time. That time is also from the Ukraine...Stalinist Ukraine...and the secrets are deeply buried there.

Final thoughts...

I hesitate to say more about this book. It's a mystery...and a complex one at that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Cotugno VINE VOICE on January 17, 2014
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This the third in the Nina Borg series, was far more convoluted and involved than the previous two. Although I did not find this as compelling than the second in the series, it was still a compelling page turner. As with Silent Death, the second in the series, the former Soviet Republic plays a significant part. In this case, the Ukraine during the Stalinist era produces the stimulus for the current events. Nina Borg has given up her position as a nurse in a shelter to work closer to the border between Denmark and Russia, but still focuses on cases involving abused women and children in danger. This novel probes these issues which have continued in effect from the past. The ending was unfulfilling, but I had found that to be true of the first in the series too.
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