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.
''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