Invisible Murder (Nina Borg Series #2)

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In the ruins of an abandoned Soviet military hospital in northern Hungary, two impoverished Roma boys are scavenging for old supplies or weapons they could sell on the black market when they find more than they ever anticipated. The resulting chain of events threatens to blow the lives of a frightening number of people into bits and pieces. In this feverishly anticipated follow-up to 2011's critically acclaimed The Boy in the Suitcase, Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg doesn't realize she is putting life and ...

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In the ruins of an abandoned Soviet military hospital in northern Hungary, two impoverished Roma boys are scavenging for old supplies or weapons they could sell on the black market when they find more than they ever anticipated. The resulting chain of events threatens to blow the lives of a frightening number of people into bits and pieces. In this feverishly anticipated follow-up to 2011's critically acclaimed The Boy in the Suitcase, Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg doesn't realize she is putting life and family on the line when she tries to treat a group of sick Hungarian gypsies who are living illegally in a Copenhagen garage. Nina has unwittingly thrown herself into a deadly nest of the unscrupulous and the desperate, and what is at stake is much more terrifying than anyone had realized.

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Last seen in The Boy in the Suitcase, kind-hearted Red Cross nurse Nina Borg once again can't resist the call of people in need, but once again, her decision places her squarely in the crosshairs of danger and a vexatious homicide case. In Invisible Murder, her agreement to aid a small group of sick Hungarian garage-dwelling gypsies leads her into a nest of complications. Another captivating mystery thriller from the Danish writing team of Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis.

Publishers Weekly
In this thrilling follow-up to Kaaberbøl and Friis's 2011 debut, The Boy in the Suitcase, Copenhagen Red Cross nurse Nina Borg sets out to assist sick children among the Hungarian Roma living in nearby Valby, even though she has promised her husband to curtail such activities because they interfere with her caring for their two children. Elsewhere, a Hungarian law student searches for his Roma half-brother, a quest that eventually leads him to Denmark and the camp in Valby, all while being tracked by Copenhagen's counterterrorism unit. Nina, with her habit of becoming enmeshed in the affairs of those less fortunate, gets caught in the middle of an explosive situation when it turns out that a substance making the Valby residents sick is not only radioactive but also on the move. Once again, Kaaberbøl and Friis balance just the right amount of action with characterization of their flawed but empathetic heroine. 10-city author tour. (Oct.)
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Praise for Invisible Murder

"Kaaberbøl and Friis return with a riveting follow-up to their 2011 debut, The Boy in the Suitcase....Nina and Sandor are flawed but appealing characters, and their stories smoothly connect in the buildup to a pulse-pounding finale. With its intricate plot and revealing glimpses into Roma life, this assured thriller cements its authors’ places near the top of the Scandinavian crime fiction pantheon."
Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“The Danish authors Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis have written another disturbing exposé of social injustice in Invisible Murder.”
New York Times Book Review

"Superb."
The Globe and Mail

"Kaaberbøl and Friis describe this broken and terrifying world with the measured cadence of a network news anchor. From their report, civilization had a good run, but its lights are winking out.”
—The Baton Rouge Advocate

“Tense and twisty.”
—The Sacramento Bee

“Dark, suspenseful.”
The Daily American

“This pair’s debut, The Boy in the Suitcase, grabbed me, and so did Invisible Murder.”
—The Charlotte Observer

“Kaaberbøl and Friis have created not only one of the best new crime series, but also one of the most unusual, in terms of the characters, the plots, and the way the crimes are integrated into the story.”
—International Noir Fiction

“Highly recommended for readers who want a novel that isn’t afraid to look unflinchingly, but not despairingly, at the world’s greatest social problems.”
—Criminal Element

“An exciting, well-written and -translated thriller with a clever twist ending.”
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

"The authors do an excellent job with showing the radical divisions within Denmark. The book is suspenseful, the characters are often fascinating, and the plot is complex."
Ted Hertel, Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

"Invisible Murder will blow your mind.... It races towards an epic finish, an ending that leaves the reader both shocked and wonderfully satisfied. In the crowded world of Nordic crime, Invisible Murder rises above as a don’t-miss title."
—BookReporter

“Nina Borg is climbing higher and higher on my list of favorite crime fiction characters.”
—Kittling Books

"Invisible Murder, the sequel to The Boy in the Suitcase, is a gripping thriller which sets the various narrative threads running before entwining them in a nail-biting race against time climax."
—EuroCrime

“A fascinating insight into current Danish culture.”
—Thinking About Books 

Praise for The Boy in the Suitcase:

The New York Times Book Review Notable Crime Book of 2011
Strand Magazine Critics Award Nominee
Indie Next List November 2011 Pick
Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel
Harald Morgensen Award for Best Danish Thriller of the Year
Glass Key Crime Fiction Award Nominee

 
“Here’s something you don’t often see in Nordic noir fiction—a novel written by two women about the criminal mistreatment of women and children, compassionately told from a feminine perspective and featuring female characters you can believe in.... The first collaborative effort of Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, and it packs an almighty punch.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Terrific.... What’s for sure is that, once you start reading, you can’t stop—it’s as if the poor kid’s life depends on your getting to the end as fast as possible.”
Washington Post
 
Suitcase is a frightening and tautly told story of the lengths to which people will go for family and money.”
USA Today
 
Boy is first-rate thriller.... Fans of crime fiction and suspense will want to nab it. I just want to know when the next book is set for release.”
Associated Press
 
“Fans of Nordic crime fiction, rejoice: Something is rotten in Denmark.”
New York Post
 
“A must for Scandinavian crime fiction aficionados.”
Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
 
“There are many twists, none gratuitous. This is a great beginning.... A series to watch.” Globe and Mail
 
“Warning! If you open this book, your life will be on stand-by.”
Elle (Denmark)
 
“Extraordinary.... A crime novel where everything is perfectly done.”
The Weekend Newspaper (Denmark)
 

Library Journal
Kaaberbl and Friis return with a riveting follow-up to their 2011 debut, The Boy in the Suitcase. A crusading Red Cross nurse and mother of two, Nina Borg treats a group of violently ill Roma refugees living in a Copenhagen hovel, defying her husband's request not to put the welfare of others above that of her own children. When Nina herself falls ill, she receives a chilling diagnosis: radiation sickness. Meanwhile, cautious Budapest law student Sandor Horvath searches for his half brother, a Roma teenager looking to sell deadly goods on the Danish black market, a quest that draws the attention of Danish intelligence agencies. Sandor soon faces a more serious danger—one that threatens not only his life but the lives of Nina's daughter and countless others as well. VERDICT Nina and Sandor are flawed but appealing characters, and their stories smoothly connect in the buildup to a pulse-pounding finale. With its intricate plot and revealing glimpses into Roma life, this assured thriller cements its authors' places near the top of the Scandinavian crime fiction pantheon.—Annabelle Mortensen, Skokie P.L., IL
Kirkus Reviews
Denmark's normal cycle of stealing, smuggling, forced prostitution and unauthorized aid to minority populations is disrupted by the exhumation of a truly malign object. Jørgen Skou-Larsen is a retired building inspector concerned about his wife Helle's thoroughly irresponsible financial behavior. Sándor Horváth is a law student from Budapest obsessed with passing his upcoming oral exam. Søren Kirkegård is a chief inspector in counterterrorism. And Nina Borg, familiar to American readers from The Boy in the Suitcase (2011), is a Red Cross nurse working in the Coal House Camp and secretly moonlighting with the underground Network that does what it can to ease the lives of the Roma who've found their way to Denmark. The first hints of trouble come with shocking suddenness: Nina's fellow Networker, Peter Erhardsen, an engineer with the city of Copenhagen, is taken violently and mysteriously ill with a malady that seems to have swept through the Roma community, and Sándor is arrested by police officers who are clearly convinced that he's his stepbrother, Tamás Rézmüves. The source of these problems is a sinister prize Tamás and his pal Pitkin have scavenged from an abandoned hospital building back in Hungary and arranged to sell in the global marketplace. Their scheme entangles not only them, but the rest of the cast with international sex traffickers and homegrown terrorists, pits each group of do-gooders against the others, and puts Nina and her family in particular under unimaginable pressure from some uncompromisingly evil malefactors. The pattern behind the calamity becomes clear early on, but the final indications of how the puzzle pieces dovetail will hit most readers as a shocking surprise. More grisly but more routine than Kaaberbøl and Friis' striking debut, and just as sordid in its revelations about Denmark today and tomorrow.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620640494
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Series: Nina Borg Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lene Kaaberbøl has sold more than two million books worldwide as a fantasy writer. Her collaborator, Agnete Friis, is a children's writer. Their bestselling Nina Borg series has been translated into twelve languages.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

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    thank you Soho Crime! done. wow. The human randomness and stupid

    thank you Soho Crime!
    done. wow. The human randomness and stupidity of innocence and evil. This book is a little like the fantastic book "Child 44" because when I was done reading it I was glad I lived in the states and I felt the need for a shower and a hug... Nina is one tough lady. Nina and Soren in the future...?
    This book is like the last one these gals wrote "The Boy In The Suitcase" which also was not an easy read. The place and circumstances
    of the people in these books is a hard cold look at poverty, ignorance and the horrendous racism we have in this world.
    What happens when one young man who has had enough and wants something more for himself and his family turns into a tragic story that affects all around him...
    Nina is a Danish Red Cross nurse who can not stop caring for the sick even when she goes home to her family...and there in lies a problem with Nina's long suffering husband Morten, who takes care of home and their two kids while Nina is often out helping after hours in the quasi health care underground she is a part of.
    The story opens as Nina's husband Morten must again go out of town for work and extracts a promise from Nina that no matter what, this time her first priority is her home and children and while he is away to please, please leave the underground work to the other people until he can get back home.
    Nina promises to do just that, and she means it...even as she does exactly what she has promised him she wouldn't do and goes out to help a group of gypsies who have come down with an unusual illness and yet once again finds herself in mortal danger but, this time it involves her daughter and Morten will not be so forgiving this time.
    Two poor, ignorant boys find some radioactive material that an earthquake had brought to the surface in an old abandoned building and what ensues is a harrowing ride into prostitution, illegal immigrants, murder, Geiger counters, a law student, a disgruntled old lady, radiation poisoning, evil men, pissed off policemen and one totally fierce nurse... Nina!
    I am really enjoying this series that Lene and Agnete have created. The books are a wonderful look into other cultures and lands and the themes of love, loyalty, family and the sense of right and wrong are universal to us all. Good on ya ladies!

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    great thriller.

    Liked this installment even better than the first one.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    Do recommend!!

    took a little to get in to as some of the names and terms were different, but really enjoyed the end.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    A Good Samaritan trying to help others but with dangerous roadblocks.

    Very good story line and visualizing of all the character interaction in a poorer economic setting. The social stigmas of ethnic groups is different from the USA. but has similar ideas. Looking forward to Nina's character in other future books.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

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    This novel, the second in the Nina Borg series, reminds me of an

    This novel, the second in the Nina Borg series, reminds me of an old MGM epic: A big cast. Broad geographical setting (in this case from Hungary to Germany to Denmark). A tale of Biblical proportions. And yet, despite all this complexity, the plot is pretty simple.

    It all begins when two young gypsy boys break into an abandoned Russian clinic in Hungary looking for some loot to sell. Instead they find a canister of cesium salt, a dangerous radioactive material which can be used to make a dirty bomb. One of the boys takes it to Denmark to sell to a buyer, and after he asks his brother to help, the brother comes to Denmark. But the boy dies of radiation poisoning. Meanwhile Nina, who treats gypsy children who were housed in the same hovel as the boy, is also poisoned by the radiation. It is only in the last hundred pages that the authors are satisfied with all the descriptive material and settle down to bring it all together.

    So in the final pages we have an old-fashioned police procedural, which is a lot more interesting than what has preceded it. It all is very complicated and yet simple. This reader found it slow reading, and the tale quite burdensome, although the idea is a solid one. Having not read the predecessor novel, “The Boy in the Suitcase,” which was highly praised, no comparison can be made. Apparently there is a third novel in the series in the works, so, perhaps, there’s another chance to evaluate on a comparative basis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    more of my fav's

    scandi writers are the best....but don't bother with steig....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    This book was a lot of fun, but one must be able to juggle the s

    This book was a lot of fun, but one must be able to juggle the story telling style of constantly shifting characters because the authors use the same device as Boy in the Suitcase. However, I think this installment of Nina Borg is much more riveting than the first and on par with the Girl with Dragon Tattoo Trilogy.

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