A shocking murder and a foundling baby reveal a perverse criminal underworld stretching across Europe.A young woman’s body is found on the street in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro district, her throat slit, and the media is clamoring for the grisly details. Louise assumes it is because Camilla, a crime reporter on a morning paper, wants to be the first to hear of any juicy new developments. Instead, her distraught friend reveals that her eleven-year-old son found an abandoned baby on his way to school.As Louise digs deeper into the murder and the mysterious foundling, every uncovered clue points to organized human trafficking from Eastern Europe, run by ruthless gangsters who despise women and won’t hesitate to kill anyone who gets in their way . . .
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A murdered woman. An abandoned newborn... Sara Blaedel was voted as Denmark’s most popular novelist three times in a row. That’s no surprise. When it comes to police procedural, she’s always been one of my favorites. “Farewell to Freedom” is from #1 international bestselling author Sara Blaedel. Unlike a good number of writers I read in the crime genre who try to sex-up the victimization of women, Blaedel’s portrayals are straight-on ugly. The story opens with a violently murdered woman and, across town, a found newborn. Though set in Copenhagen, the crimes could happen anywhere; there is a Kodboderne Street in every city of the world. As usual, Blaedel handles multiple storylines well and eventually blends them together. Blaedel’s portrayal of the slimy underworld side of humanity reads so realistically – syndicated crime, child abandonment, human trafficking – I found myself pondering at moments how active (or safe) she was in her research. She writes with the authority of first-person observation. This novel is part of the series featuring Detective Louise Rick and reporter Camilla Lind. These two make a great partnership in crime fighting. “Farewell to Freedom” is the fourth Rick / Lind novel, but only the third to be published in the United States. Though part of a series, I think reading it as a standalone works as well as reading it in chronological order. Kudos to Erik J. Macki and Tara F. Chace for an excellent translation from Danish. - Clay Stafford, author, filmmaker, and founder of Killer Nashville
Farewell to Free­dom by Sara Blædel is a fic­tional book in a series fea­tur­ing Copen­hagen detec­tive Louise Rick and her friend Camilla Lind, a reporter. This is the third novel trans­lated to Eng­lish writ­ten by the best sell­ing Dan­ish author. A woman is found with her throat bru­tally slashed, police­woman Louise Rick and her col­leges from the Copen­hagen Police start to inves­ti­gate. Dur­ing the begin­ning of the inves­ti­ga­tion, Louise gets a phone call from her jour­nal­ist friend, Camilla Lind, who is deeply shaken after find­ing a baby aban­doned in a church. The clues point to pros­ti­tutes of Copen­hagen, but the inves­ti­ga­tion stum­bles upon the vio­lent world of Balkan under­ground human traf­fick­ing, exploita­tion of women, cyn­i­cal pimps and one vicious crim­i­nal with no morals or mercy. Farewell to Free­dom by Sara Blædel is darker than the pre­vi­ous books I read in the series. Pre­vi­ously Ms. Blædel explored drugs, honor killings, online dat­ing and more. This time how­ever the author turns her sights on pros­ti­tu­tion and traf­fick­ing women. The book is very well writ­ten and it seemed to me that the author has upped a notch her research and sto­ry­telling. I was sur­prised that instead of writ­ing fal­lac­ies and inac­cu­ra­cies, as many oth­ers do, Ms. Blædel exam­ined the issues objec­tively and inserted them into her novel. For exam­ple, the point that few pros­ti­tutes are vic­tims of traf­fick­ing (even though I’m sure we can all agree that even one is too many). The police pro­ce­dural parts of the novel seem real­is­tic – gray, bor­ing, futile but nec­es­sary. This adds a touch of real­ism and does not dis­tract or slow down the story which becomes per­son­ally involv­ing the two heroines. The world Ms. Blædel has cre­ated is becom­ing more com­plex with each book where to bad guys don’t always wear black and good guys don’t always win. The author did a great job telling this tale; her char­ac­ters got a new per­spec­tive on life and I’m look­ing for­ward to see if this ele­ment changed the energy in the con­tin­u­a­tion of the series.