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The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl
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Oct 11, 12

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Read in October, 2012

THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE by Danish authors Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis is their debut collaborative effort, the first in a projected series of Scandinavian mysteries to feature nurse Nina Borg. When an erstwhile former friend prevails on Nina for a favor, begging her to collect a suitcase from a locker at the Copenhagen train station, Nina reluctantly agrees, only to discover a naked, unconscious toddler inside. You know it's coming, right? I mean, the title and all... Just as advertised, but a stunner nevertheless.

Nina attempts to identify and protect the boy while trying to answer the myriad questions spawned by his bizarre arrival. The authors interweave first-person accounts of the principal players, seemingly diverse and unrelated, into an absolutely riveting thriller--one that skillfully blends superb storytelling and complex characters, all informed by a feminist perspective on issues such as human trafficking, prostitution, and the plight of refugees in contemporary Europe. An impressive opening act.
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