DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE is Released
From the Nordic noir duo who brought you the New York Times andUSA Today bestseller THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE comes a chilling new thriller with a mystery seventy-years in the making.
Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian mail-order bride who has been convicted of the attempted murder of her Danish fiancé, escapes police custody on her way to an interrogation in Copenhagen's police headquarters. That night, the frozen, tortured body of the fiancé is found in a car, and the manhunt for Natasha escalates. The police aren't the only ones on her trail; Natasha's past has finally caught up to her and she is being pursued by the Danish secret service, Ukrainian special agents and a shadowy underworld figure known to her only as "The Witch."
Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg has been following Natasha's case for several years now, since Natasha first took refuge at a crisis center where Nina works. Nina, who had tried to help Natasha leave her abusive fiancé more than once, just can't see the young Ukrainian mother as a vicious killer. But in her effort to protect Natasha's daughter and discover the truth, Nina realizes there is much she didn't know about this woman and her past. The mystery has long and bloody roots, going back to a terrible famine that devastated Stalinist Ukraine in 1934, when a ten-year-old girl with the voice of a nightingale sang her family into shallow graves.
This haunting, ingeniously plotted thriller demonstrates that the sins of modern Europe-racism, human trafficking, and thuggish paramilitary-run organized crime-have evolved out of the failed ideas of Europe's past.
Praise for Death of a Nightingale
A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Mystery for Fall 2013
An IndieNext Selection for November 2013
A Public Library Association Library Reads Selection
"Artfully drawn characters who are a pleasure to know populate Kaaberbøl and Friis's excellent third thriller featuring nurse Nina Borg... Woven in with the present-day narrative are scenes from 1934 Ukraine, where two sisters are starving in a nightmare childhood. The stories eventually link up, of course, with one final clever twist."
-Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
"The authors follow their 2011 Nordic noir hit The Boy in the Suitcase with this intense murder mystery, once again starring Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg. Intricate, compelling and dark."
-The Sacramento Bee
"Kaaberbøl and Friis are among the very best writers in the current crop of Scandinavian crime writers."
-Glenn Harper, International Noir Fiction
"This is the third in the Nina Borg series, and this latest title certainly caters to the mystery (and slightly gory) reader.... Readers will discover the reason for the gory fable at the beginning, and by the end of the book, they'll be cheering."
"How can I put this? It seems wrong to say it's entertaining or a pleasure to read, because it will make you sad and angry and ache with sympathy. Yet it's a story that you will care about and the plot will propel you forward. Perhaps the most accurate words for it are "thrilling" and "unforgettable." It's a very good book."
-Barbara Fister, Scandinavian Crime Fiction
"A stunning indictment of all that was wrong with Stalinist Russia...[and] a story that will leave the reader on the edge of the seat until the end."
"Suspense that captivates you and characters that quickly become much more than just clever constructions."
-Extra (Ekstra Bladet, Denmark)
"Incredibly well written with both an original and suspenseful plot."
"Captivating, fast-paced and moving."
-The Jutland Post (Jyllands-Posten, Denmark)
"Elegantly told and thankfully completely without any of the normal clichés that otherwise rule the genre. A really well composed thriller."
-West Jutland News (JydskeVestkysten, Denmark)