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Fatal Crossing (Nora Sand) Paperback – February 21, 2017
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'A fast-paced and skilfully plotted thriller' Barry Forshaw; 'A candidate for the best crime novel of the year 2015' Krimicirklen
About the Author
Lone Theils is a former London-correspondent for national Danish papers Berlingske Tidende and Politiken. During her 16 years based in London she also did work for national Danish television and radio. Currently she still writes as a blogger at the Internet magazine POV International.Her debut novel Fatal Crossing featuring Nora Sand, the half Danish-half British journalist, came out in Denmark 2015 and quickly became a bestseller. It has now been sold for translation in 13 countries, among them the UK, Sweden, Germany and Spain. At the start of 2016 Lone moved to Denmark to focus on being an author and writing the next installment in the Nora Sand-series. In her sparetime she loves kickboxing, cooking and travelling.
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Days earlier, she had accidentally come across, in a second-hand leather suitcase she’d bought on a whim, some Polaroid photos of young women in similar poses. The photo of two girls on a Danish Ferry rang faint bells, and research proved it was a hitherto unknown photo of the very last time that teenagers Lisbeth Morgensen and Lulu Brandt had been seen before their disappearance in 1985. Nora’s editor agrees there might be a story in it, so she gets the go ahead to investigate.
Back in Copenhagen, Nora calls in favours to learn just what happened on the fateful ferry trip to London, tracking down others in the group. When the Scotland Yard eventually get involved in the case, it turns out that, even though there are connections to Bill Hix, some of the girls in the Polaroids disappeared after he was jailed. Could he have had an accomplice, or is it the work of a copy-cat?
As Nora flits between Copenhagen and London, following up leads, interviewing witnesses and unearthing clues, an added complication appears in the form of Andreas, a Danish cop in London for a course on terror cells, a man she hasn’t seen since she firmly rejected his declaration of love at the end of high school. Andreas looked good then, and he’s looking mighty fine now: did she make a mistake back then? Trouble is, he has a girlfriend…
Theils gives the reader a great plot with a few twists, plenty of tension and a nail-biting climax. There are some truly nasty villains, a few dedicated cops, several supportive friends and a really gutsy heroine (even if some of the decisions she makes in the heat of the moment may not be the wisest ones). The banter between the characters is witty and clever, and some of the humour is quite black.
This page-turner, flawlessly translated from Danish by Charlotte Berslund, is a brilliant debut novel that will have English-speaking readers hoping that the sequel, The Blue Poet’s Wife, is translated and published soon. Scandi crime with a difference.
With thanks to Bonnier Publishing for this copy to read and review.