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Invisible Murder (Nina Borg #2)

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The second installment in the bestselling Danish crime series starring Red Cross nurse Nina Borg, following Fall 2011's New York Times–bestselling The Boy in the Suitcase

In the ruins of an abandoned Soviet military hospital in northern Hungary, two impoverished Roma boys are scavenging for old supplies or weapons to sell on the black market when they stumble upon something
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Soho Crime (first published February 17th 2010)
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Anna Janelle

Caution: This book with infect you with the need for more Nina Borg!

Invisible Murder is an intense look into the treatment of illegal immigrants, mainly Hungarian gypsies, and PET's counter-terrorism officials struggle to keep black market weapon traders from successfully selling items that threaten the Danish national security. Of course, large-hearted nurse Nina Borg is back, getting herself involved in life-threatening situations while treating the illegals denied medical access elsewhere. Ka
Love this book even more than the first book by the authors (THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE).

I think it's a really, really special thing these authors do in creating thrillers that aren't about crooks or bad guys--they're about real people coming into conflict because of real-world pressures, need, and desperation. The realism makes the edge-of-the-seat action feel that much closer to home.
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. Reading a few of the mysteries by these illustrious authors will give the reader an indication of the quality associated with Soho Crime: James Benn, Cara Black, Jassy Mackenzie, Leighton Gage, Timothy Hallinan, Martin Limon, Peter Lovesay, Qiu Xiaolong, Helene Tursten, Akimitsu Takagi, Ma ...more
I really like the Boy in the Suitcase, so I was looking forward to this second book, but unfortunately this book is more like a cliche of the first book. the bad guys have no element to explain them, Nina has gone further away from believable.
plus- I have trouble with the notion of the book, that Nina is the good guy.
what's the point of trying to save the world if you sacrifice your own family?
I did like the "surprise" ending, although I saw it coming in some form.
Lukasz Pruski
"Invisible Murder" by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis is a good thriller. I actually liked it more than the well-known "The Boy in the Suitcase" by the same pair of Danish authors because it reaches deeper into the layer of acute social issues. Without spoiling the plot, let's just say it involves Hungarian Roma (Gypsy) refugees in Denmark. Nina Borg is one of the main characters as is her teenage daughter Ida (a very well drawn portrait of a mixture of natural teenage stupidity and strength of ...more
If you're a fan of Stieg Larsson, or if you enjoyed The Killing, I think this book would appeal to you. It has that same dark, realistic, and gritty feel to it. Along with the murder, there is a lot of human drama surrounding the characters, and it was one of those books that I just didn't want to put down. More complete review to come.

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The description of this book made me a bit wary, because I'm not a big fan of spy novels or big books about terrorism. I'm more interested in novels t
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. Like in their first book, the conclusion doesn’t feel quite complete with most of the main characters’ personal storylines left open to interpretation (or perhaps open ...more
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 ...more
Diane S.
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.
Luanne Ollivier
Lene Kaaberol and Agnete Friss's first Nina Borg book - The Boy in the Suitcase - was a New York Times bestseller. 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. Her official home base is the Red Cross's Coal House Camp. But Nina also works under the radar, helping out those who have no official status -
David Carr
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 ...more
For some reason, I have a real problem getting through these books. Nina is a great character; the conflict that rang most true for me in this book is that within her family. I like the setting and the circumstances; but the way the story is told and the language just doesn't hold my attention! Part of this may be that (at least this book) is kind of derivative - if you read a lot of Scandinavian crime, you've probably been down this plot line before, or at least something similar. Probably more ...more
Ellen Keim
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

4 Stars
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When two poor Roma boys discover an abandoned weapon under an old Soviet hospital they were only thinking about getting the money their families so desperately need, not about what that weapon could unleash on the world. When Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg gets a call that there are sick Roma children squatting in an abandoned auto shop she doesn’t think about the danger that being associated with them could bring on her and her family. The consequences that aris
Read, Run, Ramble
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
Gloria Feit
This novel, the second in the Nina Borg series, reminds me of an old MGM epic: A big cast. Broad geographical setting (in this case from Hungary to Germany to Denmark). A tale of Biblical proportions. And yet, despite all this complexity, the plot is pretty simple.

It all begins when two young gypsy boys break into an abandoned Russian clinic in Hungary looking for some loot to sell. Instead they find a canister of cesium salt, a dangerous radioactive material which can be used to make a dirty bo
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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. Sandor then travels to Denmark to find him after being told he’s sick.

Nina Borg is a
Nurse Nina Borg’s compassion and her difficulties making her family understand and accept what she feels she must do are at the heart of this novel which is about ordinary people caught up in situations over which they have little personal control.

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. Unfortunately, their efforts to find a buyer for this object put the life
Cathy Cole
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. When Pitkin and Tamás find something in the basement of the hospital, they know it's better than drugs or guns to sell on the
Janette Fleming
In the ruins of an abandoned Soviet military hospital in northern Hungary, two impoverished Roma boys are scavenging for old supplies or weapons to sell on the black market when they stumble upon something more valuable than they ever could have anticipated. The resulting chain of events threatens to blow the lives of a frightening number of people.

Meanwhile, in Denmark, Red Cross nurse Nina Borg puts her life and family on the line when she tries to treat a group of Hungarian Gypsies who are li
Nurse Nina Borg gets caught up in an international incident while trying to provide a bit of medical care to some Gypsy illegals. More of an issue book with a bit of suspense and violence and though Nina is not the most likable character I do admire her willingness to always try and help the less fortunate.
i have no idea whether this book is any good or not--i got through 5 minutes of the audiobook and wanted only to punch the reader. never heard such a scenery-chewing audiobook performance.
Invisible Murder started as a fairly depressing picture of poverty in Russia. Then the story quickly moves to Denmark where we are shown an unjust justice system at work. The reader is introduced to many of the major characters in the first five chapters. However, because there are so many tangential characters, it is hard to know which ones are major. Sandor and Nina are very likable characters. They struggle in ignorance through the unfolding events, guided by their loyalties and good intentio ...more
I wish I could give 3.5 stars, since that is a more accurate reflection of my level of enjoyment with this book I really engaged with the narrative and plot of the book; I just find the protagonist, Nina Borg (of this and The Boy in the Suitcase), to be annoying - behaving in the ways of horror movie heroines who always make the *worst* choice available. She is surrounded by a large number of unlikable characters, with only one really sympathetic, fleshed out character. I really like the details ...more
This book has a great element of suspense and danger. The setting is in abandoned Soviet military hospital. Two male characters find something there that unravels a series of events. The mystery of the story and anticipation will occupy you throughout the story. This is a follow-up to "The Boy in the Suitcase." Another main character in the story is a Red Cross nurse named Nina Borg. She is unexpectedly thrown into the desperate conflict at the center of this novel. This book is a must-read and ...more
Så kom jeg til toeren i serien om Nina Borg – Og lad mig sige med det samme: det er en super spændings-roman, afgjort i den bedre ende af kvalitets skalaen :)

Bogen er skrevet i et flydende letlæseligt sprog, med gode realistiske dialoger, også denne er en gedigen pageturner.

Persongalleriet er igen mangfoldigt, handlingen foregår igen i to lande, specielt historien i Ungarn er super velskrevet og levende – Jeg VAR dernede :) Der er utrolig mange bolde i luften, og til min absolutte glæde, er ALLE
Chris Lake
Another great mystery written by this Danish duo, I enjoyed the way the experiences of Rina are tied to the struggles of immigrants in Europe. That layer of compassion really humanizes this book and gives it the emotional punch that makes it go beyond the very, very few problems with characterization. Not that there are too many weaknesses with this novel. I would say that it is a very good read, interesting and compassionate.
This Danish mystery series, new to the US, is absolutely captivating! It's scary, horrifying, and truly engrossing. Both this and the first book (the critically acclaimed "The Boy in the Suitcase") not only grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go, but truly kept me guessing the entire time. These are writers to watch out for!
The follow-up novel to The Boy in the Suitcase carries the same powerful sense of suspense and again uses a mystery novel format to tell a story about a social issue that will feel uncomfortably familiar to readers. In the case of Invisible Murder, Kaaberbol and Friis shine a bright and harsh light on xenophobic, anti-Muslim and anti-Romany sentiments in Europe. As in the last book, the ways in which children suffer are particularly highlighted.

I would say Invisible Murder is more finely-crafted
Barely 3 stars. The second Nina Borg book about a nurse who is devoted to helping immigrants to Denmark overcome all obstacles despite putting her own marriage and family in peril. The writing in this book is confusing as only occasionally and without warning do the authors take you back to some unknown past for a chapter or two and then snap back to the present. I honestly didn't tie in the opening chapter (a "past" chapter) with the current story for a long time. Confusing with a somewhat hard ...more
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