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Editorial Reviews


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

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."

“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."

“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)

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Series: A Nina Borg Novel
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616951702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616951702
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lene Kaaberbøl was born in Copenhagen in 1960, with suitable drama: the obstetrician had to rush from banquet and was still wearing his white tie and tails. She was 15 when her first two books were published, and since then she has written more than thirty novels and children's books. She has won several national and international awards for her fiction, and her work has been translated into more than 30 languages. At her recent nomination for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the IBBY Committee wrote: "She is incredibly skilled at constructing universes and shows remarkable loyalty to her stories and her characters. Lene Kaaberbøl's writing captivates the reader; her worlds draw you in, move you, make you laugh and cry and give you ample food for thought. And it is our assessment that her works have not just national and international potential, but the potential to become classics."

While fantasy is her preferred genre when writing for children and YA, there is nothing remotely fairytale-like about her crime novels for adults. The Boy in the Suitcase, written in collaboration with Agnete Friis, was called a "first rate thriller" by Michelle Wiener of Associated Press: "Written in that sparse, uniquely Scandinavian style sure to draw comparisons with a certain blockbuster trilogy (this is better), this story packs plenty of emotional suspense and interpersonal friction without veering into melodrama."

"I really enjoy writing in many different worlds - including our own - and for many different audiences. I sometimes feel it's the literary version of living in an auto camper: you can always change the view, and you're constantly meeting new people," says Kaaberbøl, who in real life lives on the small Channel Island of Sark, with her four dogs.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 6, 2012
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There's a lot going on here...

Hungarian teenage gypsy boys are looking for stuff to steal and sell, an old man is trying to protect his wife from elder scams, weapons are being sold on the Internet, a young man ashamed of his gypsy blood is struggling to become a lawyer, creepy people are doing evil things just to make money, the Danish anti-terrorist unit is in a panic over a potential terrorist strike, and the idealistic Red Cross nurse Nina Borg is trying to save the world.

I wasn't sure at first that I could keep track of all the story lines and the characters. The jump-cut technique pervades the narrative. But I persisted, and I'm glad I did. Invisible Murder is an incredible thriller chock full of tense scenes, fascinating villains, surprising nut cases, and an utterly astonishing resolution to the various crimes afoot.

Nina Borg continues to be a wonderful heroine. She was great in The Boy in the Suitcase, and she's greater still in this book. Nina works for a secret network that gives medical care to illegal refugees. But she's also a wife with a 14-year-old daughter and an 8-year old son. Her desire to be there for her family is often in conflict with her desire to help the outcasts of society. The conflict reaches crisis proportions in this book.

The dangers that face Nina are appalling. As are the social injustices that face the disenfranchised characters in the book. Invisible Murder makes the reader think as well as shiver.

This is Scandinavian Noir at its best.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2012
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"Invisible Murder," by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, capably translated from the Danish by Tara Chace, opens in Northern Hungary. Two naïve and impoverished Roma boys explore a poorly guarded disused military camp left over from the Soviet Bloc. Pitkin and Tamás are in their teens, but they harbor childish fantasies. Perhaps they will discover something fantastic, like a machine gun or a hand grenade. Maybe they will be able to sell what they find for much needed cash. Tamás makes his way to the infirmary and manages to smuggle out a hazardous substance.

Kaaberbøl and Friis, who enjoyed great success with their touching debut novel, "The Boy in the Suitcase," have created another haunting work of fiction. It highlights the heartbreaking plight of indigent refugees (some of them young children), who flee their homes in Eastern Europe only to be exploited by heartless predators making phony promises in exchange for money. The heroine of "The Boy in the Suitcase," Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg, is back and she quickly digs herself into a hole from which it will be difficult to extricate herself. Her husband, Morten, has emphatically warned her not to leave their fourteen year old daughter, Ida, and eight-year-old son, Anton, while Morten, a geologist, is away on a North Sea oil rig. Nina has a tendency to neglect her family responsibilities and go running when Peter from the "Network" (an underground organization that provides social. legal, and medical services to illegal immigrants in trouble) crooks his finger.

The authors introduce a variety of characters and situations that initially seem unrelated. However, the patient reader will be rewarded when the disparate pieces eventually coalesce into a coherent whole.
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First Line: "Maybe we'll find a gun," Pitkin said, aiming his finger at the guardhouse next to the gate.

To the teenage boys living near the abandoned Soviet military base in northern Hungary, it is a potential source of hidden treasure, an opportunity to sell what they find and treat themselves and their families to things the rest of the world seems to take for granted. When Pitkin and Tamás find something in the basement of the hospital, they know it's better than drugs or guns to sell on the black market; these two impoverished Roma (Gypsy) boys have discovered an object that the right person will pay enough for to set their families up for life.

But the item they've found and carried away from the old military base is much more than they ever bargained for. As one of the boys takes the object all the way to Copenhagen in order to sell it, he is unwittingly unleashing a whirlwind that has the power to affect the lives of every single person with whom it comes in contact-- among them Red Cross nurse Nina Borg. Although the object isn't specifically named until two-thirds of the way through the book, it doesn't matter; most readers are going to know what it is and be filled with dread as the action progresses, chapter by chapter.

What ratchets up the suspense with each turn of the page is how this unnamed object affects the people along its path. Tamás's brother, Sándor, a law student in Budapest, has nothing to do with the object his younger brother has found, but his life gets blown to pieces anyway... as does the life of Nina Borg.
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