The four-time New York Times bestselling Danish crime fiction sensation, a modern classic of Nordic noir, reissued in a gorgeous deluxe edition for its tenth anniversary. Includes reading group guide, new foreword, and other exclusive content.
Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.
Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy’s are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.
About the Author
Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis are the Danish duo behind the Nina Borg series, which also includes Invisible Murder, Death of a Nightingale, and The Considerate Killer. Friis is a journalist by training, while Kaaberbøl has been a professional writer since the age of fifteen, with more than two million books sold worldwide.
Praise for The Boy in the Suitcase
“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 Kaaberbøl 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 . . . Looks like another winning entry in the emotionally lacerating Scandinavian mystery sweepstakes.” —The Washington Post
“This story packs plenty of emotional suspense and interpersonal friction without veering into melodrama. Kaaberbøl and Friis know when to reveal and when to pull back.” —Associated Press
“A frightening and tautly told story of the lengths to which people will go for family and money.” —USA Today
Praise for the Nina Borg Thrillers
“One of the most distinctive characters in contemporary fiction.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
“[Nina] joins the sisterhood of run-amok heroines like Homeland’s Carrie Mathison and Lisbeth Salander of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Nina doesn’t just have a bee in her bonnet—she has a whole hive.” —John Powers, NPR’s Fresh Air