Call Me Princess

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Following in the tradition of Stieg Larsson and Camilla Läckberg: the American debut of Danish crime queen Sara Blaedel's internationally bestselling novel.
A young woman in Copenhagen, Susanne Hansson, becomes the victim of an unusually brutal rape attack in her own home. detective inspector Louise Rick is summoned to talk to the victim, where she quickly determines that Susanne met the rapist via a dating website, a fact that Susanne ...
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Overview

Following in the tradition of Stieg Larsson and Camilla Läckberg: the American debut of Danish crime queen Sara Blaedel's internationally bestselling novel.
A young woman in Copenhagen, Susanne Hansson, becomes the victim of an unusually brutal rape attack in her own home. detective inspector Louise Rick is summoned to talk to the victim, where she quickly determines that Susanne met the rapist via a dating website, a fact that Susanne shamefully tries to hide, especially from her domineering mother.
The police suspect that the rapist may have been caught on video in the subway, so Louise and a colleague go through the tapes. They’re lucky enough to find him, but unfortunately the image is blurry and shows him only in profile. While the police investigation is making progress, things take a negative turn for Susanne, who tries to commit suicide. The rape is not the only reason.
In the meantime Louise becomes more and more immersed in the online dating world. In her search she comes across the web site “nightwatch.dk,” which allows her to upload images that show people out in the night-time scene and who they’re with. She finds a picture of the man, who is now calling himself “Prinzz.” She contacts him using the name "Princess," and they agree to meet.
With a climax as suspenseful as it is shocking, Sara Blaedel's American debut confirms her as one of the brightest stars in the new wave of Scandinavian crime novelists that has riveted the attention of readers around the world.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Popular Danish crime author Blaedel makes her U.S. debut with this pedestrian procedural featuring Asst. Det. Louise Rick, Copenhagen PD, Unit A. Aggressive, tough-talking, and type A-cold, Rick investigates a series of savage rapes, beginning with an assault on Susanne Hansson, while Rick's workaholism fatally drains her relationship with her wimpish live-in lover, Peter. Since Susanne had met her attacker online, and later encountered him at one of the "real" parties that draw thousands of yearners after love, Rick pursues her subject into that addictive world. The detective's personal tribulations and her predictable problems with police administrators superficially counterpoint Stieg Larsson's "men who hate women" theme, while hinting at current social issues like Muslim immigration. Blaedel is best at probing the burgeoning tendency of the cyberworld to outcompete reality, where online relationships, like drug-induced visions, may seem deeper and far more intimate than genuine ones, only to vanish, leaving behind profound pain and sorrow. (Sept.)
Politiken
“Consistently suspenseful. Well-written and entertaining all the way to the very last sentence.”
Weekendavisen
“A fine crime novel, a clever plot, and wonderful descriptions of the surroundings. Just come back again,
Louise!”
Library Journal
Blaedel is the newest figure in the growing body of Scandinavian crime fiction writers who reach American readers. This is the Danish author's first book to be published in English but the second in her detective inspector Louise Rick series (the first won the Danish Crime Academy's Debutant Award). Rick works for the Copenhagen Police Homicide Squad and is investigating a brutal case of date rape. When she discovers that the rapist is using a popular Internet dating site to select his victims, she goes after him by creating an online profile. Meanwhile, her best friend, a crime journalist, is pressuring her to discuss the case, and Rick must tread the fine line between being a good friend and keeping police information from an aggressive reporter. She is also contending with serious relationship issues with her long-term boyfriend. VERDICT Blaedel has created an original, fast-paced plot featuring a strong female character and the timely topic of what can go wrong when one looks for love online. This will be popular among fans of Scandinavian writers such as Håkan Nesser, Kjell Eriksson, and Camilla Läckberg as well as readers who enjoy police procedurals set in foreign countries.—Jean King, West Hempstead P.L., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451683967
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 791,127
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Blaedel is the author of the international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick and journalist Camilla Lind, including Call Me Princess and Only One Life. Her books are published in seventeen countries. She lives in Copenhagen, and was voted Denmark's most popular novelist for the third time in 2011.
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  • Posted May 7, 2014

    Blue Blood (also titled Call Me Princess) is the second book in

    Blue Blood (also titled Call Me Princess) is the second book in the Louise Rick/Camilla Lind series by popular Danish novelist, Sara Blaedel. It is the first book in the series to be translated into English. When Assistant Detective Louise Rick is called to the hospital to talk to Susanna Hansson, the victim of a brutal rape, she is met with some reluctance to reveal all the pertinent facts. When she eventually establishes that Susanna first met her attacker online, Copenhagen’s police force is mobilised to track the perpetrator down. But before much headway is made, the rapist strikes again, and this time, the victim dies. Rick’s friend and Morgenavisen crime journalist, Camilla Lind is hoping for headlines, but her personal use of online dating is more of an issue for Louise. Rick’s focus on the case is also distracted by tensions with her boyfriend. This enthralling crime novel touches on the topical issues of online dating, the aftermath of sexual assault and sexual discrimination in the police force. The plot is gripping, with a few twists and several exciting climaxes, but the execution is sometimes a little clumsy and somewhat tedious in its excessive detail. The translation by Erik J. Macki and Tara F. Chase is generally satisfactory, although some parts are rather clunky. As the main protagonist, Louise Rick is a flawed and occasionally quite abrasive, but nonetheless genuine character, and it will be interesting to see what Blaedel has in store for Louise and Camilla in future instalments. Not a breathless page-turner, but still quite a good read.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Excellent Danish crime novel

    I have read this novel in Danish and am very excited that it's now being published in English. Sara Blaedel writes well. and her books are bestsellers in Denmark. Louise Rick, her main character, is sympathetic, and the plot is exciting. Scandinavian fiction in the tradition of Liza Marklund.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Very good!

    I truly enjoyed this book, the characters are detailed and the mysteries not easily solved. I even read them out of order and enjoyed them immensely!

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    highly recommend

    I just began reading some of the swedish authors and found this book to be very good. I hope that she will be working on a new book. I look forward to its publication

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    for me a good read, but not great

    The hot list of crime writers right now includes many from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark. Here's another author from Denmark to add to your list.

    Call Me Princess marks Sara Blaedel's North American debut.

    Assistant Detective Louise Rick of the Copenhagen P.D. is called in on the case of Susanne Hansson - a woman who has been brutally sexually assaulted. As Rick delves into the case, she discovers that Susanne met her attacker through an online dating site. Susanne's not the only victim of this online Lothario. He know how to hide though - he's left virtually no clues.

    I enjoyed the character of Detective Rick and her interactions with her fellow officers. Blaedel has filled the department with an overbearing superior, a quiet family man partner and a publicity seeking chief. They were all comfortable if not original characters. The foray into Louise's personal life was a solid secondary story line. I did not like the best friend, newspaper reporter Camilla at all. She came across as a user of people. The interactions between her and Louse just never rang true as a best friend situation.

    Blaedel has peppered her story with lots of red herrings. Many of the male characters seemed they could be the perpetrator at one time or another - the ending provided a good twist.

    All in all, a solid police procedural utilizing current events as a effective plot device. It was an easy read - one that I was happy to pick up. For me, enjoyable but not outstanding.

    Blaedel has an interesting background. She founded the first publishing house dedicated to crime fiction in Denmark. She was then inspired to write her own detective novels which have landed on the Danish bestseller lists. She has been voted the most popular novelist in Denmark in 2007, 2010 and 2011

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