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For years or decades to become. Would be interested in reading more of these, but with Nina Borg's character leaving something to be desired, probably more of a "beach read", as opposed to the more fulfilling stories in other Scandinavian series. Aug 12, Trish rated it liked it Shelves: crime , fiction , immigration , series , religion , mysteries , europe , scandinavian. This Danish mystery series featuring Red Cross nurse Nina Borg in modern-day Copenhagen follows a long line of deliciously cosmopolitan and yet delightfully local novels translated and published by Soho Crime.
Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis are in good company. Crime and intrigue is all the more complicated in a Danish society famously known for its liberality. Invisible Murder is the story of a young gypsy Hungarian boy seeking to gain some control over the fates of his family by looting an old hospital left to rot by departing Russian occupiers. He intends to sell leftover X-ray equipment to the highest bidders in Europe, leaving himself and his family exposed to the most rabid and calculating bottom-dwellers in the criminal syndicate. We meet Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse volunteering outside work with illegal immigrants to Denmark, and members of the Danish Counterterrorism Units who are chasing whomever accessed known terrorist sites on the internet while in their jurisdiction.
We get a fascinating peek at the concerns of Danish society today, and the impetus for crime from the most underserved and exploited communities in the EU. This novel is the second in a series, and as such the authors may have missed an opportunity to present Nina Borg in the depth first-time readers need to accept her leading role. The book was long and complicated—perhaps more complicated than it needed to be.
Some judicious editing or more time spend reducing the work to its essentials would have aided our understanding and interest starting out, but the action picked up in the last third and it stands as a solid entry in this crime series. Oct 08, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-thriller , books-in-a-series , translated-fiction.
This follow up to The Boy in the Suitcase presents an even wider scope of crime and an almost entirely new cast of characters. Nina Borg still plays a large role in the events, but the real shining star is a new, Hungarian Roma character, Sandor. He becomes heartbreakingly entrenched in the plot, through no real fault of his own. Despite this slightly unfinished feel, the various strands of the plot itself do wind together in an interesting, and definitely suspenseful, way. Similar to other Scandinavian thrillers, the authors present a racially divided portrait of Denmark.
This troubled society adds a certain political element to the plot, but definitely not enough of a thread to call this a political thriller. The scenes outside of Denmark are quite interesting, as well, and the sections revolving around the treatment of the Roma in particular is not a topic frequently found within the mystery genre. The translation into English is also very well done, with only a few minimally distracting errors.
I really am looking forward to the third book in the series!! Aug 16, Ariel rated it liked it Shelves: thriller-series-nina-borg. I had previously read and enjoyed the author's first book in this series, The Boy in the Suitcase. I was looking forward to this book but I almost threw in the towel at page The book has so many different plot threads and characters running through dIfferent countries.
With so many nationalities and names I was unfamiliar with, it was quite difficult to keep everything straight. I am glad I stuck it out though because once the threads started converging together it made for quite the thrille I had previously read and enjoyed the author's first book in this series, The Boy in the Suitcase.
I am glad I stuck it out though because once the threads started converging together it made for quite the thriller. The story starts out with two Roma teenagers finding something abandoned that they think they can sell for a lot of money, unfortunately for them it is radioactive. The action shifts to Denmark with nurse Nina Borg tending to a large group pf Roma's hiding out in a garage. Bad guys are after the radioactive substance and Nina gets tangled up in the plot to sell it. This book was very topical and explored many issues such as terrorism, immigration, and sex trafficking.
It was interesting to read about how the people from Hungary were received in Denmark when everyday in the news you see how Hungary is treating the people fleeing from Syria. This book should be read if for no other reason than to broaden your world view. On top of that it is a taut thriller, at least when you get to the end. Aug 20, Colby rated it it was amazing. This was my first exposure to "Nordic Noir" and it was a fantastically written tale of deceit and family manipulation.
The story was written in a style that is sort of Tarantino-like in that several separate story-lines converge bringing relatively normal people into extraordinary circumstances. The character development was top notch, and although it was a little slow to start, it reached a frenetic pace early and kept you on the edge of your seat till the great twist at the end. Perhaps the sl This was my first exposure to "Nordic Noir" and it was a fantastically written tale of deceit and family manipulation. Perhaps the slow start was just me getting used to reading a new style, written in another language and adapted to English.
Either way, I am hooked and will be reading the first book in the series, The Boy in the Suitcase, and dabbling in some other works in this wonderful new genre. This book starts out a bit slowly, many different threads to follow. Once they come together though the book really takes off and doesn't let up until the end. What I like most about this book is that it features, for the most part, regular people who get caught up in not so good things. Nina herself, is a character who tries to do the right things and ends up involved in situations that are life changing.
Can't wait to find out what the author has in store for Nina next time. ARC from NetGalley. Oct 30, Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it. I've been eagerly waiting for the second book - Invisible Murder - from this Danish writing duo. Nina Borg is a Red Cross nurse living and working in Denmark.
She works with the marginalized, the desperate and those who can't help themselves. But Nina also works under the radar, helping out those who have no official status - and her heart is with the children in these situations. When her cohort tells her of sick Roma children living in an old garage, she hesitates. She has promised her husband she wouldn't put herself in danger after her last outing. But her compassion wins out - she finds the group - and much more than she bargained for Inspector Soren of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service is also looking for this group of Roma - there are whispers of terrorism and more Kaaberol and Friis have created a wonderfully different protagonist in Nina.
I like that she's not a law enforcement officer, but follows her own sense of justice, working within but bending the rules as need be. She's a caring individual with an iron will, but her need to go forward with her ideals is costing her her marriage and children. The exploration of her relationship with her daughter especially has the ring of truth.
The supporting characters are just as interesting. Soren is the walking wounded, dedicated cop in the series - I like him and hope to see him again. Did he redeem himself or not? His ending was left with some unanswered possiblities. The plot of Invisible Murder is just as compelling and socially relevant as the first book.
Although a work of fiction, I can see reading of something like it in the headlines. It was evil. The ending is tied up but leaves the door open for the next in the series - one I will be picking up for sure. Some English translations of books feel awkward or wooden - not so in this case - Tara Chace did an excellent job. Definitely recommended. View all 3 comments. Oct 23, miteypen rated it really liked it. There is a mystery in this book, but not exactly a murder mystery.
There is crime, but this isn't primarily about crime. What it is has a lot more to do with issues like immigration, prejudice, and the debt we owe to society to try to make things better. At least this is what the main character, Nina Borg, struggles with throughout the story. This book isn't mainly about Nina, however. Intertwined in her story is that of a half-Roma young man and his Roma family and background.
I found that as i There is a mystery in this book, but not exactly a murder mystery. I found that as interesting as Nina's story--I even wish that more of the book had been about him, or that a whole book could be written around that character.greenbamimi.gq
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The authors there are actually two also paint an interesting and revealing portrait of life in modern-day Denmark, a country I know little about, even though I've read many Scandinavian novels. I recently read a book that contained a chapter on Copenhagen Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile that made me want to know more about this country. Does anyone have any more recommendations of books by Danes or about Denmark?
Oct 08, J. The story begins in Hungary where two young gypsies scavenging an abandoned Soviet hospital facility stumble on an object promising to lift them and their families from poverty. This is where she crosses paths with Sandor, who has come to Denmark in search of his brother.
Things spiral from bad to worse as we witness elements of the case from the viewpoints of Nina, Sandor, an elderly retired building inspector worried about his irresponsible wife, and several counterterrorism investigators. But the manner in which all the various pieces of the puzzle finally come together is a believable surprise. Good characterization, solid plotting and pacing. Feb 22, Read, Run, Ramble rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-thriller , Invisible Murder is the second installment in the Nina Borg series and I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the first.
In this installment, Nina isn't as "bleeding heart" or annoying I was a little tired of her by the end of the first book - so many irritatingly irresponsible decisions! She definitely felt more "real" this time and not as over-the-top with her actions and she garnered more sympathy from me as the reader. This story, like its predecessor, had many characters and the chapters bounce Invisible Murder is the second installment in the Nina Borg series and I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the first. This story, like its predecessor, had many characters and the chapters bounced between different sets' of characters point of view.
One of the aspects I like about this genre, Nordic Noir, is that it is often based on crimes against humanity and how easily it is to fall into the trappings of that dark world - it isn't always the most obvious of suspects. I also enjoy the foreign aspect of the story and the setting. The authors do a good job of bringing the world to eyes that may have never seen it personally.
After the first book, I wasn't sure that I would continue very far into this series; however, after this book, I plan to follow these authors through for more! Sep 02, David Carr rated it really liked it Shelves: crime. When a protagonist is a Red Cross nurse and not police, there are some narrative risks and compromises. Detective thinking is obviously reduced, and the credible heroism of the nurse must be unfortunately stretched, as it is in the concluding pages here.
So is the ultimate revelation of the crazed criminal, again in the last pages. The real strength of the novel lies in its empathy with the Roma of Eastern Europe, and the integrity of one young man who is tangled up in an attempt to pass into th When a protagonist is a Red Cross nurse and not police, there are some narrative risks and compromises. The real strength of the novel lies in its empathy with the Roma of Eastern Europe, and the integrity of one young man who is tangled up in an attempt to pass into the non-Gypsy world.
Those elements move the book above three stars. There is another strong element here: dysfunction in Danish society, reflected in a police force that is underpopulated, and the need for an underground medical system to care for those outside the limits of a narrow-minded, fearful, xenophobic culture. There may even be a stronger story in that social gap, without the need to introduce radiation disease as a danger.
While this sickness is presented with some logic and credibility, it also may have the illuminating power of a metaphor. But so would any other sickness that destroys human strength invisibly from within. The book begins in Northern Hungary. Two teenage Roma boys break into a long abandoned military camp and stumble into discovering a substance of value. Little do they know the toxicity of their find. When nurse Nina Borg answers the call to tend to some sick immigrant Roma children, she neglects her promise to her husband, and rushes to their aid.
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But what is making them so ill? Where is the young man who seems to be the source of the illness? When Nina herself becomes violently ill, she does no The book begins in Northern Hungary. When Nina herself becomes violently ill, she does not realize her daughter, Ida, is home alone. Who are the men who break into her apartment, terrifying her daughter. Nina will stop at nothing to protect her family. When all of the pieces of the story come together, prepare for a thrilling conclusion. Although it took me a while to connect all the characters in the book, once I did the story really flows.
I love that the heroine is a strong, determined female. I just couldn't get into this story. Just like the first one, the action speeds up towards the end and forces you to continue but it's a long, hard journey getting to this point. Of course, everything is tied together but this becomes clear too late and I found myself not caring one way or the other. It was kind of boring. Nov 02, Eugenea Pollock rated it really liked it. Furthermore, I eventually assigned a measure of moral responsibility to Nina for the situation her family particularly her daughter, Ida faced.
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Morten and I were on the same page, so to speak. I simply disagreed with her choice in this regard; but what a great discussion topic for a book club! Jul 20, Ann rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , writing-style-stylistically-complex , tone-suspenseful , islam , pace-fast-paced , murder , denmark , scandinavia-nordic , medicine , storyline-intricately-plotted.
GAH this is a good series! Once again, the authors have found the perfect mix between big picture crime and personal motivations. Nina Borg's character continues to develop in heartbreaking and interesting ways. I enjoyed the first book in print, but did this one as an audiobook, and the reading was very good and the Danish words were mostly pronounced correctly.
Aug 17, Cathy Cole rated it really liked it. First Line: "Maybe we'll find a gun," Pitkin said, aiming his finger at the guardhouse next to the gate. To the teenage boys living near the abandoned Soviet military base in northern Hungary, it is a potential source of hidden treasure, an opportunity to sell what they find and treat themselves and their families to things the rest of the world seems to take for granted.
But the item they've found and carried away from the old military base is much more than they ever bargained for. As one of the boys takes the object all the way to Copenhagen in order to sell it, he is unwittingly unleashing a whirlwind that has the power to affect the lives of every single person with whom it comes in contact-- among them Red Cross nurse Nina Borg.
Although the object isn't specifically named until two-thirds of the way through the book, it doesn't matter; most readers are going to know what it is and be filled with dread as the action progresses, chapter by chapter. What ratchets up the suspense with each turn of the page is how this unnamed object affects the people along its path.
Through the character of Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse who also does work for a secret immigration organization, the authors have a lot to say about the living conditions of immigrants forced to live in camps in Denmark, and it doesn't strain credulity to think that the details are very similar from country to country around the world. It's much easier to sit in the comfort of your own home watching television to feel pity for refugees in their own countries; much harder when you encounter these same people face to face on the streets where you live.
Nina herself does not see these people in terms of political agendas or right and wrong. She sees people who need help, and she gives it to them-- as much as she can, regardless of the cost to herself or her family. At first as I read Invisible Murder, I bemoaned the fact that there were several other characters taking the spotlight from Nina, a character that I grew to admire and care for in The Boy in the Suitcase. And what exactly does a cranky old man named Skou-Larsen have to do with what's going on? When I grew a bit unhappy when Nina's character seemed subdued compared with her behavior in the first book, I realized that the authors were being true to the danger presented in the book as well as to Nina's life.
No one with a family can behave as Nina does-- giving her all for what she passionately believes in-- without consequences. Nina is faced with very real, very painful, consequences in this book, and once that unnamed object is dealt with, once all the other characters are sorted out, we're left to wonder just how Nina is going to react to the turn her life has taken.
Now I can't wait for the next book in the series. Nina Borg is climbing higher and higher on my list of favorite crime fiction characters. Jun 06, Mal Warwick rated it it was amazing Shelves: mysteries-thrillers. The place reserved for bad mothers, career women, alcoholics, and mentally unstable women where they might suffer for all eternity because they had dared to reproduce despite a complete absence of maternal qualifications. Invisible Murder, the sequel to that outstanding debut, promises to pose equally daunting challenges when Nina agrees to visit an old garage where dozens of illegal Roma Gypsy immigrants are holed up.
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Shifting perspective, and an important new character Invisible Murder opens in northern Hungary where two teenage Roma boys have broken into the hospital on an abandoned and boarded-up Russian military base. The boys are searching for weapons they can sell in hopes of helping their families to survive.
Then, from their perspective, they hit the jackpot — and that, of course, leads to trouble. Big trouble. Nor is he much of a philosopher. However, he is a competent if unimaginative detective. The authors have done a terrific job researching the scientific hook on which the novel hangs. Her partner in crime, a fellow Dane, is former journalist Agnete Friis. Together, the two have authored four novels to date in the bestselling Nina Borg series. The success of the Nina Borg series has allowed Friis to become a full-time writer as well.
May 18, Hannah rated it did not like it Shelves: mystery-thriller-horror , no-thanks. I was disappointed. The "mystery" of what is making people sick seemed relatively obvious so that thrill was gone for me. I also found this book to be incredibly violent. There were scenes w 1. There were scenes with detailed torture and abuse, including a fairly graphic human-trafficking sexual abuse scene which I felt added nothing to the book and was completely unnecessary.
I also really struggled with our hero, Nina, the nurse who uncovered it all. She was so pathetic! I couldn't stand her - pathetic and selfish. I was thrilled when view spoiler [her husband came to her and said he took the kids and was leaving She put her kids in a ridiculous amount of danger, plus her 14 year old daughter was sexually assaulted, beat up, and had her naked pictures taken by men that were involved in the whole thing hide spoiler ].
I felt that she deserved that. I cannot imagine continuing this as a series - I hadn't realised I picked up 2 but there was really no need to have read 1, this worked as a stand-alone. I didn't know much about this topic going into the novel and found the discussion very interesting. Feb 17, Jan rated it really liked it. Supplied by Random House New Zealand for review Two Hungarian Roma boys investigate a hospital abandoned by the Russians after the collapse of communism. They find something and take it to sell on the black market.
Tamar then steals the passport of Sandor, hi s half Roma brother and travels to Denmark to sell it. Sandor is then questioned by authorities about his terrorist connections and his Roma roots exposed. Nina Borg is a nurse for the Red Cross, working at a refugee camp in Copenhagen. Her husband, Morten, has asked her not to help the Network while he is away, leaving their children alone. Nina is asked to aid a group of Roma when the children fall sick and starts to feel ill herself. Nina and Sandor cross paths and suddenly the bad guys are after them for information. This is a really good translation from Danish into English — thank you to Tara Chace!
The story was addictive; the action fast paced and gripping, the characters colourful and gripping, the language descriptive and painting the scene in your mind.