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The Boy in the Suitcase

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The Boy in the Suitcase

Nina Borg Mystery Series, Book 1
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Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help--even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a...
Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help--even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a...
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  • Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help--even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.

    Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.

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    Holding the glass door open with her hip, she dragged the suitcase into the stairwell leading down to the underground
    parking lot. Sweat trickled down her chest and back beneath her
    T-shirt; it was only slightly cooler here than outside in the shimmering
    heat of the airless streets. The strong smell of decaying fast food from
    a jettisoned burger bag did nothing to improve the flavor of the place.

    There was no elevator. Step by step she manhandled the heavy suitcase
    down to the level where she was parked, then realized that she
    didn't really want it in her car until she knew what was in it. She found
    a relatively private spot behind some dumpsters, sheltered from security
    cameras and the curious gazes of passersby. The case wasn't locked,
    just held closed by two clasps and a heavy-duty strap. Her hands were
    shaking, and one of them was numb and bloodless from carrying the
    ungainly weight for such a distance. But she managed to unbuckle the
    strap and unsnap the locks.

    In the suitcase was a boy: naked, fair-haired, rather thin, about three
    years old. The shock rocked her back on her heels so that she fell against
    the rough plastic surface of the dumpster. His knees rested against his
    chest, as if someone had folded him up like a shirt. Otherwise he would
    not have fit, she supposed. His eyes were closed, and his skin shone
    palely in the bluish glare of the fluorescent ceiling lights. Not until she
    saw his lips part slightly did she realize he was alive.



    August

    The house sat on the brink of a cliff, with an unhindered
    view of the bay. Jan knew perfectly well what the locals
    called it: the Fortress. But that was not why he looked at the white
    walls with a vague sense of dissatisfaction. The locals could think
    what they liked; they weren't the ones who mattered.

    The house was of course designed by a well-known architect,
    and modern, in a functional-classical way, a modern take on the
    Swedish "funkis" trend. Neo-funkis. That's what Anne called it,
    and she had shown him pictures and other houses until he understood,
    or understood some of it, at least. Straight lines, no decoration.
    The view was meant to speak for itself, through the huge
    windows that drew the light and the surrounding beauty into the
    room. That was how the architect had put it, and Jan could see
    his point, everything new and pure and right. Jan had bought the
    grounds and had the old summer cottage torn down; he had battled
    the municipal committee until they realized that they most
    certainly did want him as a taxpayer here and gave the necessary
    permissions; he had even conquered the representative of the local
    Nature Society with a donation that nearly made her choke on her
    herbal tea. But why should he not establish a wildlife preserve? He
    had no interest in other people's building here, or tramping all over
    the place in annoying picnic herds. So there it was, his house, protected
    by white walls, airy and bright, and with clean uncluttered
    neo-funkis lines. Just the way he had wanted it.

    And yet, it was not what he wanted. This was not how it was supposed
    to be. He still thought of the other place with a strange, unfocused
    longing. A big old pile, an unappealing mix of decaying 1912
    nouveau-riche and appallingly ugly sixties additions, and snobbily
    expensive because it was on Strandvejen, the coast-hugging residences
    of the Copenhagen financial elite. But that was not why he
    had wanted it--zip codes meant nothing to him. Its attraction...

About the Author-
  • Lene Kaaberbøl has sold more than two million books worldwide as a fantasy writer. Her collaborator, Agnete Friis, is a children's writer. Their bestselling Nina Borg series has been translated into ten languages.

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