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  • Hardcover: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (Nov. 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156947981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569479810
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 16 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 14 2012
Format: Hardcover
The story moves between Lithuania, where Sigita's three year old son has been kidnapped, and Denmark where Nina Borg helps her friend Karin by picking up a suitcase from the public locker in the Copenhagen train station. Inside the suitcase is a naked and drugged three year old boy. Nina should have known better: helping others isn't always in her best interests, and she and Karin have not been close friends for some time.

Who is this boy, where did he come from, and can the authorities help? Nina tries to find out more information from Karin, but when she discovers Karin brutally murdered she realises that she and the boy are also in danger. Meanwhile, in Lithuania, Sigita is having her own difficulties getting the authorities to believe that her son has been kidnapped. Who would kidnap him, and why? Is he still alive, or has he been sold into sex slavery?

`The only key to the mystery of where the boy came from was the boy himself.'

And, unfortunately, a language barrier prevents Nina from communicating effectively with him. At the centre of this crime is a wealthy man, and this particular boy has been chosen specifically. But when the payment goes missing, the boy's life may also be forfeit.

I found it difficult to put this book down: it isn't very long (around 300 pages) and I wanted to know how it would end. I found that the story read more smoothly from Nina's perspective than Sigita's simply because the boy was with Nina, and the reader's attention is more focussed on him.

This is the first book in a series to feature Nina Borg. I don't think that the second book is available (yet) in English. Nina is an interesting protagonist: a Red Cross nurse who has worked in a number of world hotspots, who is married and has two children, and has her own demons.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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I got this book because I was travelling to Denmark and tried to a find a recent Danish novel. Interesting plot, a few twists but not amazing crime writing. The writing was amateurish and the coincidences and timing made the outcome un realistic. Has been compared to "the Girl ...
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nilton C. Teixeira on May 10 2012
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What a big disappointment! I only bought this book because it was listed as one of the top 10 "must list" on Entertainment Weekly". I do not think that this book was ready to be published. I thought that I was reading a draft. And I did not care for the characters at all. Perhaps the story was lost in translation? I wish I could get a refund...
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196 of 208 people found the following review helpful
Riveting and Entertaining Nov. 18 2011
By Nancy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
From start to finish, the only word that I could use to describe this book is intense. From the first paragraph, you are drawn into the life of Nina Borg as she enters a station to retrieve a package for a friend and comes away with a young boy who has been drugged and lying near lifeless in a suitcase.

No, that is not giving away too much since that is pretty much the title of the book, but what the title does not tell you is what got us to this point. Is there more to this story than the obvious dark side of human kind.

Nina Borg is not your usual protagonist, she has some dark secrets of her own and only in future books, do I think, you will see more of what and who she is. Obsessed with her work as a Danish Red Cross nurse and helping immigrant refugees, Nina has seen the good and the bad in people and carries all of their scars; but what Nina finds in the train station locker will spin her world.

There are many storylines going on and the reader is pulled from one to the other knowing that they will all come to a climatic ending. But what ending will it be - as a mother searches for her missing son, a nurse trying to find where a child belongs, and a wealthy man who has set this whole nightmare in motion.

Kaaberbol and Friis know how to bring an intense book to a climatic end. The reader is left with only one thought, "Wow". Riveting and entertaining, this book is a proposed first in a series and I certainly hope that the future storylines will captivate me as this one has
118 of 129 people found the following review helpful
Saving the world - and one small boy Sept. 27 2011
By Patto - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Nina Borg is a Red Cross nurse with a strong drive to save the world. She's done volunteer nursing in global hotspots. Even now in Copenhagen she belongs to a secret network that gives medical care to illegal refugees.

One day as a favor for a friend she collects a suitcase from a locker - and finds a little boy inside, naked and unconscious. She doesn't dare involve the police, for reasons you'll discover when you read the book. She doesn't dare take the boy home, because they're being hunted. And she can't find out where he came from, because, when he wakes, he speaks a language she can't identify. How will Nina handle this insane situation? Read on...

The creepiest thing about the story is that we wonder, not how the boy came to be in the suitcase, but why. What awful fate was in store for him?

The cast of characters includes rich and poor, thugs and do-gooders, nosy neighbors and frightened kids caught in adult dramas. It took me a while to figure out who was who. The plot skips around between countries and characters. But I finally got my bearings and enjoyed the ride. The interesting personality of Nina the nurse is slow to emerge, but I liked her when I got to know her.

Certainly Nina is a handy person to have around when fists fly and guns go off. She can staunch the flow of blood and dress the wounds. I look forward to seeing her talents at work in the next book in the series!

Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis are a new team in the thriller genre and starting out strong. They tell a gripping and original story.
96 of 105 people found the following review helpful
"She felt too much and she knew it." Sept. 17 2011
By E. Bukowsky - Published on
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"The Boy in the Suitcase," by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Fris, is set in Denmark. The first few chapters are confusing; new characters pop up constantly. We know right off the bat that a little boy has been placed in a suitcase, but why? A wealthy man named Jan Marquat lives with his wife and son in a fancy house near a cliff, and it is clear that Jan is very worried. Jucas, an oversized Lithuanian with a fierce temper, has a girlfriend named Barbara whom he hopes to marry. However, he has some unfinished business to take care of before they tie the knot. Another Lithuanian named Sigita Ramoskiene is a single mom who dotes on her three-year-old son, Mikas. Finally, Nina Borg, a nurse who works for the Danish Red Cross Center Furesø, gives aid and comfort to refugees from far-flung places. Although she is married with two children of her own, Nina is an obsessive Good Samaritan who often puts her mission to help those in need ahead of her family's welfare.

Somehow, all of these people are interrelated, but we must wait patiently while the authors connect the dots. Nina, in an attempt to help a friend, winds up trying to protect a terrified toddler who speaks no Danish. She is reluctant to go to the police, since she is leery of authority figures. The authors shift back and forth between Nina, Jan, Jucas, Sigita, and others. We grow to care about the desperate Sigita, whose son has gone missing, and the driven Nina, who is on the run with a youngster she is determined to shield from harm. It eventually becomes apparent that Sigita, Nina, and the little boy are all in grave danger.

Although Kaaberbøl and Fris maintain a high level of suspense, the plot hinges on a twist (revealed at the end) that is melodramatic and far-fetched. Still, we are concerned about the protagonists' welfare and are intensely curious to see how the story will turn out. In addition, the book effectively and movingly explores family conflicts and the emotional pain that loved ones often experience when they argue vehemently. There is a social message here, as well, since Kaaberbøl and Fris strongly criticize what they consider to be the Danish government's callous attitude towards "the broken human lives that washed up on its shores." Therefore, in spite of its over-the-top conclusion, "The Boy in the Suitcase" is a powerful, engrossing, and provocative thriller that further adds to the luster of today's Scandinavian mystery writers.
65 of 74 people found the following review helpful
A bit improbable Nov. 15 2011
By Succinct Reviews - Published on
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Nina ,a nurse, receives a call from an estranged friend asking her to meet her at a cafe. During their brief meeting Nina's friend, Kim, gives her a key to a locker and asks her to help her pick-up a suitcase. When Nina picks up the suitcase she discovers a dying 3-year-old boy locked in the suitcase. Instead of calling the police, Nina embarks on a frantic mission to find the boy's mother even though she can't communicate with the child because he speaks a foreign language. While Nina tries to return the boy to his mother she is hunted by a man willing to do anything to retrieve the child. Throughout the story, Nina puts her life on the line to save this boy.

I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't get into the story. The characters weren't engaging and at times the story line seemed a bit improbable. I felt the author jumped around too much and didn't focus enough on the main plot.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Way more holes than would fit in a suitcase Oct. 7 2012
By Colleen - Published on
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(Spoiler Alert) Most people have been exposed to enough info about organ transplants to know that this story makes no sense whatsoever. First, the medical profession would never have allowed the adoptive father,Jan, pretending to be the real father of Aleksander (for the benefit of deceiving his in-laws) to donate a kidney without being crossmatched with the recipient. They wouldn't just take his word for it and blindly transplant a kidney that was not a match for the boy and which he would certainly reject. Second,even if they would transplant the kidney, why didn't the adoptive mom, who knew her husband wasn't the boy's bio dad, stop it? Instead,near the end of the book when it is finally revealed that the whole thing was about a kidney, she accuses him of putting Aleksander's life at risk by giving him a kidney he knew would be rejected. Third, once they had Mikas (and his kidney,) what did Jan expect to do? Did he have a renegade transplant team on stand-by to illegally take Mikas's kidney and transplant it into Aleksander? In the beginning I thought this was going to be a pretty good story, but very quickly realized that I might as well try to count the stars in the sky as count the holes in this plot. If you are looking for fiction that is at least somewhat believable from a logical standpoint, I suggest looking elsewhere -

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