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Boy in the Suitcase, The (Nina Borg Mysteries) [Hardcover]

Lene Kaaberbol , Agnete Friis
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24 Nov 2011 Nina Borg

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.
Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.

Kaaberbol and Friis as serious talents to be reckoned with, ready to be discovered by an American audience.'' Publishers Marketplace

''Stieg Larsson fans will find a lot to like in The Boy in the Suitcase ... [Nina Borg] will strike many, particularly female readers, as a more appealing version of Lisbeth Salander'' Publishers Weekly

''This past-paced, suspenseful thriller intertwines several stories, gradually revealing the motivations of multiple characters and building tremendous suspense. The novel should be recommended to anyone who enjoys Asa Larsson s Rebecka Martinsson series and, especially, Christian Jungersen s The Exception (2007), another Danish thriller focused on a group of female characters.'' Booklist

''This is a thrilling and most urgent novel reflecting a terrifying reality.'' Maj Sjowall, bestselling co-author of the Martin Beck series

''Warning! If you open this book, your life will be on stand-by.'' Elle (Denmark)

''The first in a series of mysteries from Denmark is a highly emotional story of secrets and bad decisions. It is also about women: desperate, scared women; women who refuse to look at choices they ve made; and most of all, a very determined, brave woman who has to get involved in the lives of others. It starts with a series of short chapters from the viewpoints of seemingly unconnected characters. The writing is sparse, never telling the readers more than they must know at the moment and the action and emotion are continuous. The surprise ending is perfect. You won t be able to put this down.'' Romantic Times

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press (24 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156947981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569479810
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 16 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lene Kaaberbøl has sold more than two million books worldwide as a fantasy writer. Her collaborator, Agnete Friis, is a children s writer. The bestselling Nina Borg series has been translated into nine languages and was a finalist for the coveted Scandinavian Glass Key Crime Fiction Award.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Boy In The Suitcase 10 Jan 2012
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Following in the wake of the Millennium Trilogy and other Scandinavian thrillers, The Boy in the Suitcase is the first of the Nina Borg Mysteries. The heroine is a nurse who is driven to helping others, even at the expense of her own family. After a call for help from an estranged friend, she finds herself picking up a suitcase from a locker in a train station. Inside, drugged and naked but still alive, is a 3-year-old boy. Wary of calling the police, she finds herself pursued as she tries to reunite the boy with his mother.

The idea of child trafficking around which the book revolves sets it apart in a packed genre. Yet it follows a structure that many crime readers will be familiar with: it is fast-paced and easy to read, with short chapters and several view points. This becomes somewhat problematic as the book progresses though, with characters and their motivations skipped over somewhat and characterisation sacrificed at the expense of pacing. Nina's background, for example, is briefly discussed but the reader never gets enough to understand why she would avoid the police. There is obviously a back story there, but it is never drawn out or explained. The characters all feel slightly light, driven because it is required by the plot, rather than by any emotion they feel.

Despite this, the writing never jars, and the story is engrossing to a point. It stands out from the crowd due to its plot, but does not quite reach the heights of others in the genre. It is a solid story, enjoyable for passing the time, but ultimately the characters do not last long in the mind. The heroine is good though, and if more is made to explain her actions, further books in the series may be more successful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense novel told from various perspectives 7 Dec 2011
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
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The Boy in the Suitcase tells a story from the point of view of the four main characters. Jan is a rich Danish businessman who is very fond of his wife, Anne, and her family. He goes on a business trip, or so he tells her, but becomes stuck on a plane due to a series of technical problems. He therefore phones Karin, who works for him, and asks her to undertake the work he's set out to do. She agrees, reluctantly.

Nina is a nurse who works for an organisation helping abused women and children, as well as illegal immigrants. She receives a desperate phone call from Karin who asks her to do Jan's assignment in her place. Nina was Karin's closest friend but the two have been estranged for years. Karin knows that Nina is part of a mysterious "network" and hints to her that this is why she is asking for Nina's help. Nina agrees.

The other two characters live in Lithuania. Jucas is married to an older woman, Barbara, and dreams of moving with her to her home town of Krakow. But first, he feels he has to make plenty of money. Jan is his ticket. Finally Sigita, a young mother, is plunged into a nightmare from which she can see no way out.

How these characters connect to each other becomes apparent as we follow their actions in sections told from each one's point of view, in the present as Nina takes Karin's place; and in the past as we see how each person's actions affect the other characters in the tense series of events that ensue. Although slow to unfold, the story is an exciting and involving one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danish writers deliver the goods again! 13 Feb 2012
By Ann Fairweather TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I thoroughly enjoyed this new danish crime novel and found it refreshing with its unusual heroine and its very surprising plot. When so many scandinavian thrillers are praised to heaven while not always being that good, this one, unpromoted, unhyped, I found superior in writing and story to many others. Nina Borg, the heroine who unwittingly finds the said boy-in-the-suitcase, is not your usual drink-problem-reluctant-detective, but a young mother with some mental issues and a difficult past. Which explains in some ways why she would choose to run away and hide with the boy rather than simply relay the situation to the police. Always at pain to do her best for everyone, she is a devoted 'carer' that is not always well-equiped to do so...the plot unfolds while following other characters, all very convincing and nuanced enough that you never quite know who is a 'good' one or a 'bad' one...Even the 'bad guy' is presented with enough of a past and motivations that we could sort of understand his actions.(well up to a point)I found him more terrifying than many killers, precisely because his violence is so linked with his frustrations and unarticulation of anger...I liked the idea that the whole situation slides out of control at the start because of a simple flight delay...the writing (or translation) is very good and keeps you hooked from beginning to end. Entirely satisfying!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A so-so crime thriller 10 Aug 2012
The first book I have read by either female author, let alone joint authorship of a Scandanivian crime thriller by a fantasy author and a childrens book writer!

I fear that while an interesting story theme it will not have me waiting eagerly for the next Nina Borg mystery to be printed in the way the Stieg Larsson books did. The book's approach of plotting following several intertwined stories concurrently is a brave one but exposes the reader to rechecking names and references until matters sort themselves out more fully later in the book. Alongside that the heavy feminist themes and characters while giving a different bias to what you would normally expect in such a story, do not create in Nina Borg a character who seems to fit the crime genre very easily.

The female bias also results in one of the potentially most interesting characters (the millioniare Danish businessman) becoming underdeveloped to the novel's detriment. The current depiction of a naive man in dealing with the characters and the situations shown in the novel does not fit easily with someone who has achieved all that he has in life.

The end (while not giving it away) almost felt too feel good and neat, and the book concludes with an epilogue section that seems solely intended to set the Nina Borg character up for the next novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a page turner.
I very much enjoyed this book. Gripping stuff to the end. As a parent I was on the edge of my seat.
Published 20 months ago by FIFI TRIX
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and not well written.
Being a fan of crime fiction and gory thrillers I have to say, this book was an utter disappointment. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Competant thriller
Like many others readers I'm discovering the joys of scandanavian crime thrillers. This novels falls into the easy read catagory. Read more
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