The Boy in the Suitcase

boyNina Borg was doing a favor for a friend, just retrieving a suitcase from a Copenhagen train station.  “You’re always so keen on saving people, aren’t you? Well, here’s your chance.”    Inside the suitcase was a small, drugged, naked boy, and Nina panics.  Soon she’s on the run with the boy, being pursued by the thugs responsible for his kidnapping.  The novel is told from several points of view, including the child’s frantic mother and the criminal who is chasing after Nina. The action revolves around Nina, the kidnappers, and the child’s Lithuanian mother in a relentless tangle of action and unknown motivations.  The pace is frenzied, and the suspense doesn’t let up.  The Boy in the Suitcase, by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, is the first in an award-winning Scandinavian crime series.  If you like strong, fast-paced crime thrillers, try this one.

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