Bertram and his three friends have formed a small gang of thieves called The Ravens. Bertram lives alone with his mum, who works as a waitress. He doesn´t remember his father much, since he was only seven when his dad was arrested for murder and sentenced to life in prison.
One day, Bertram steals an expensive leather jacket from a restaurant, a seemingly minor act which will turn out to have fatal consequences, and not just for Bertram.
Rolando Benito, an investigator at the Police Complaints Authority, is sent out to question two police officers who witnessed a prison guard jumping to his death from his fourth floor window at the exact moment they showed up to investigate a noise complaint that had been made concerning loud music coming out of his apartment. At face value, this looks like a suicide, but rumour has it that a prisoner has died in the prison the man worked in, and that the prison guard had felt threated and persecuted. Is the case really as clear cut as it first seems?
Anne Larsen, a television journalist, doesn't think so. She is also investigating the case where everyone and everything seems to be connected to one prisoner: the murderer Patrick Asp, who killed his own infant baby who is imprisoned at the jail prison guard worked at.
As more mysterious deaths pile up, and a Supreme Court judge disappears without a trace, Rolando Benito and Anne Larsen team up in search of a connection. That link turns out to be Bertram and the theft of the jacket, and now Anne's head in on the line as well...
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When Scandinavian noir found a prominent place in the world crime fiction scene it was writers from Sweden and Norway that led the way. Now, Denmark pitches in a new contender with Inger Gammelgaard Madsen who I feel certain will make her voice heard soon.
This novel has an impressive plot and lots of credibility. The characters are superbly realized and written with integrity and empathy. Roland Benito is Inger's series detective and I intend to read them all. A very engrossing book
This book has an impressive plot and lots of credibility. The characters are superbly written. A very engrossing book not too long and read in one sitting
I'm voluntarily leaving a review. Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for letting me read an advanced copy.
This was great. Vividly drawn, realistic characters who inspire real emotional investment in the reader, a fast-paced, engaging plot, and a satisfying ending (even though I'd been crossing my fingers for a slightly different outcome!)
The writing was solid, and the voices of the characters believable. I don't often enjoy contract killer stories (they're boring), but this worked extremely well. By centering the story on a character who accidentally got involved, rather than the hit man, it made for a much more compelling (and surprisingly emotional read).
Hard to say much more, just, this was a good one, give it a read!