>Kaaberbøl & Friis, Drengen i kufferten (2008)

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Denne danske spændingsroman er Lene Kaaberbøls første inden for krimigenren, og den er Agnete Friis´ debut som skønlitterær forfatter.

Efter den første lille godbid om Karin, som bliver bedt om at hente en mystisk kuffert og finder en bevidstløs lille dreng i den, var jeg en smule forbeholden, fordi forfatterparret zapper hastigt rundt mellem fire forskellige steder og synsvinkler i henholdsvis Danmark og Lithauen på mindre end tyve sider. Det kræver sin læser at holde tungen lige i munden.

Derefter begynder vi så at lære lille Mikas og Karins veninde, Røde Kors-sygeplejersken Nina Borg, at kende. Nina, som aldrig kan nære sig, så længe der er mennesker, som skal reddes, men som har forbløffende svært ved at håndtere sin egen lille familie. Indtil læseren begynder at forstå.

Samtidig møder vi velhavende Jan i den arkitekttegnede villa, som naboerne kalder Fortet, og lithaueren Jucas, som næsten er klar til at falde til ro i Polen med sin kæreste. Han skal bare lige ordne en lille forretning først.

Der er imidlertid intet, der går som planlagt, og over trehundrede sider får vi lige så stille de vigtige personer ind under huden, især Nina Borg (en hovedperson, jeg virkelig gerne vil møde igen) og Mikas´ mor, mens et nervepirrende plot udspiller sig hen over siderne, uden at troværdigheden på noget tidspunkt går tabt, og helt uden den ulækre kælen for død og lemlæstelse, som nogle thrillerforfattere forfalder til.

Bogen er en biblioteksbog, og huskede jeg at fortælle, at det er den bedste danske thriller, jeg nogen sinde har læst?


Kaaberbøl and Friis, The Suitcase Boy

- this one may be on its way to American readers -

This Danish thriller is Lene Kaaberbøl´s first crime novel, but she is well established as a writer of children´s books, whereas it is Agnete Friis´ debut. It has not been translated into English yet, but I think it will be!

After a captivating opening scene with Karin, who is asked to pick up a mysterious suitcase and finds a little, unconscious boy in it, I was a bit sceptical because the authors zap around among four different settings and points of view in Denmark and Lithuania over less than twenty pages.

But after this breathless opening we get to know little Mikas and Karin´s friend, the Red Cross nurse Nina Borg. Nina who can never resist saving people but struggles surprisingly hard to cope with her own little family. Until the reader begins to understand.

At the same time we meet affluent Jan in the architect-designed villa – which the neighbours call The Fort – and the Lithuanian Jucas who is almost ready to settle down in Poland with his girlfriend. He just has to finish this last business …

Nothing goes according to plan, and over three hundred pages we get the main characters under our skin, especially Nina Borg (a protagonist I am very keen to meet again) and Mikas´ mother, while an excellent plot unfolds, completely free of the uncanny cultivation of death and mutilation some thriller writers indulge in.

The book is from the library, and did I remember to mention that this is probably the best Danish thriller I have ever read?

Scandinavian Reading Challenge 2010 # 2

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About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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