The Boy in the Suitcase
Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis
Soho, 2011 (2011)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Boy in the Suitcase
by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis is another exemplary Scandinavian mystery with a seriously driven heroine, and a most unusual plot and premise, that will keep you guessing until the very end.
he authors introduce us early on to a wealthy Danish couple, where the husband has decided to protect his wife from the world's evil, '
Whatever the price.
' We meet Lithuanian Sigita, who's had a hard life and loves her young son Mikas - when he's kidnapped she's devastated, and determined to use her sparse savings to get him back. The kidnappers are a
Bonnie and Clyde
couple (ruthless Jukas and older Barbara) - he seeks enough money to settle down into a normal life ... '
Just one little thing to be done first.
he heroine of the tale, Nina Borg, is a Red Cross nurse, wife to Morten, and the mother of two small children, who is prone to taking off suddenly to work in trouble spots around the world. When at home in Copenhagen, Denmark, she works under the radar with refugees and illegal immigrants. Her ordeal begins with a phone call from her once best friend Karin (also a nurse), demanding her help. When they meet, Karin asks her to retrieve a suitcase from a Copenhagen train station locker - and then disappears.
hen Nina opens the suitcase, she finds a small, unconscious boy inside. Why doesn't she contact officials immediately? She starts to, but they're called away to a violent scene, where a huge man is ferociously kicking locker doors. Nina knows he's after the boy and fears for the child's safety. She suspects he might be the child of a refugee and her experiences with the authorities has not been good in these cases. All she wants to do is to get the boy home where he belongs.
hat follows is a series of chases through Denmark. Nina chases Karin; Jukas chases Nina; and Sigita seeks her son. And of course there are more deaths along the way, which pull the police into the picture. Then Jukas catches up and the story explodes into violence. What I liked most about it was the strength of all the female characters, who do what has to be done. Don't miss
The Boy in the Suitcase
, another great Scandinavian mystery!
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