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on 21 September 2017
A taut, contemporary read. At times, a hard read, as it deals with the plight of refugees.
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on 2 November 2012
Invisible Murder is the second book in the series, coming on the heels of New York Times bestseller The Boy in the Suitcase. I missed the first book but the blurb for this one had me drawn in.

In Hungary two young Roma gypsy boys are scavenging in an old Soviet military hospital when they are able to access a formerly sealed up area and find something that could make them a lot of money. Their actions could threaten the lives of many others though. In Denmark nurse Nina is used to being in close contact with the poor and dispossessed but this time her work is about to damage everything she holds dear. Elsewhere Sandor is trying to escape his roots and make a good life for himself, but his new world is about to come crumbling down around him.

The story is told from a number of perspective and draws together several strands to an unlikely climax. In addition to the above we also see events unfold from the perspective of a Security detective, trying to head off terrorist threats, and an elderly man who thinks his wife is frittering away their life savings. It is clear how some of the threads dovetail but it takes right until the end to neatly tie them all together. Although there is a lot going on and plenty of characters to keep in mind I didn't find it hard to keep the strands clear or keep up with what was happening. The themes are very topical and I love that the ending wasn't what I had been expecting.

What I really enjoyed about this book was that it had a plot that kept moving and was full of little twists and turns but that it also had some great characters with real depth to them, where some thrillers like this get carried away with plot and offer slightly flat protagonists. Nina is devoted to her work with the underground Network and determined to do what she can to look after children who need her, although husband Morten sees this as being at the expense of her own children. I also felt for Sandor while being slightly sorry for him feeling he almost had to deny where he came from. As a Roma man he is acutely aware of the discrimination his people face but wants to have a career. When his half brother comes bowling back into his life he struggles with uniting his two very different worlds. I felt for him as he became more controlled by others.

I really enjoyed this book and will try and get to the previous book at some point in the future.
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on 24 March 2013
This is the second book by Kaaberbol and Friis, and they have created a really strong place for a whole series featuring
Nina Borg as the lynch pin. The ground they cover, with illegal immigration, terrorism, racism, and illegal weapons sales makes the story very up-to-date, and horribly plausible.
I can't wait for their next book to be translated into English.
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on 7 May 2015
Not having read the first book I came to this not knowing the back story which I feel did hamper my enjoyment. Not fair to mark it down as it was well written and I enjoyed learning about the Roma and the issues they face.

Don't know if I engaged enough to seek out the Boy in the Suitcase....
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on 14 April 2014
Another superb Nina Borg story - what is it that we like so much about these flawed individuals who have so much honour and are so truth seeking, but are nightmares to live with? Am already reading the 3rd book and enjoying it.
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on 23 November 2012
This is the second novel featuring the Danish Red Cross nurse,Nina Borg.
The story begins in Northern Hungary,where two Roma boys find something
unexpectedly valuable whilst searching for scrap to sell in a disused
old Soviet military hospital. When the sale of this item goes awry,one
of the boys' brother,the hapless Sandor,is dispatched to Copenhagen to
bring back the money.He soon finds himself in mortal danger.
Meanwhile,Nina Borg,unwittingly becomes involved in the plot,after visiting
an illegal refugee site to care for a sick child.
This is a novel that deals with social injustice,and has a multi-faceted plot,
that comes together in a surprising denouement.The characters are well drawn,
especially that of Nina,as she struggles to fit in family life with her
practical idealism.
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on 9 July 2015
Recovered with thanks was happy with the way u sent it.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 17 October 2012
"Invisible Murder" is the second installment in the bestselling Danish crime series starring Red Cross nurse Nina Borg. (It follows 2011's New York Times-bestselling Boy in the Suitcase, The: A Nina Borg Thriller that was translated into twelve languages: I have read, more or less liked, and reviewed that first book in these pages.) This Scandinavian mystery series is penned by Lene Kaaberbol, who has sold more than two million books worldwide as a fantasy writer and Grete Friis, a children's writer and journalist. It was translated from the Danish by Tara Chace.

It again finds Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse in Copenhagen, Denmark, struggling to stick to her bargain with her husband Morten -- no secret work for the Network, providing health care for undocumented immigrants; none of her dangerous do-good medical care for society's underprivileged, while he is away working on the oil rigs that spot the North Sea and the couple's children are home alone.

But Nina finds herself unable to resist the sick Roma -- gypsy, to the un politically correct -- children living within an impoverished group in an old mechanics' workshop in Copenhagen. Nina assumes the children have picked up a stomach bug, or perhaps were exposed to a chemical in the workshop, and treats them for dehydration. But the sickest child grows weaker, and Nina herself develops a pounding headache.

A second storyline follows Sándor, a half-Roma law student in Budapest, Hungary, who receives a surprise visit from his half-brother Tamás, who uses his Internet connection and then disappears along with Sándor's passport. The consequences for Sandor are quite serious. Still, as he is sure that Tamás is up to no good, Sándor returns home and discovers that Tamás has taken off for Denmark to sell something he found in the ruins of a nearby Russian military hospital. Tamás has also left behind a huge dept to Alexisz Bolgár, a powerful Roma leader. To protect his family from Bolgár, Sándor follows Tamás and the money to Copenhagen.

A third storyline tracks the progress of a Security and Intelligence Service (PET) investigation, led by Søren Kirkegard, into possible terrorist activity targeting Copenhagen. The Service is particularly nervous because a major summit meeting is soon to take place in their town. Yet a fourth storyline tracks an elderly Copenhagen man, Jorgen Skou-Larsen and his younger wife Helle, who may be suffering early-onset senility.

Soon, to the horror of Nina's husband Morten, these storylines all converge upon Nina and their daughter. Well, anyone can see that this is a complex plot, rather more complex perhaps than is warranted, and it's not easy, nor perhaps, sufficiently rewarding, to keep track of all these people. Nor can the book be said to move quickly. We get to page 200 without a corpse in this alleged mystery, and the corpse we do get there dies offstage; nor can its death really be attributed to foul play. (And I've been known to tell friends that any mystery that does not throw up a corpse within the first ten or fifteen pages, is one I will not finish.) Anyway, about page 275, of this 320 page book, things do pick up some speed and impact, but it's rather late in the day. The vast majority of the book is taken up with Nina's family difficulties and her inability to resist a good sob story. These aren't necessarily topics most readers want in their mysteries; I sure don't.
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