ri­ots and mur­der in this nordic noir novel

Real Crime - - Home Invasion - Tanita Matthews

Re­leased Out Now Au­thor Jes­per Stein Pub­lisher Mir­ror Books avail­able in Pa­per­back

Awak­ened from his slum­ber, De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Axel Steen learns of a bru­tal mur­der, com­mit­ted when po­lice were sup­posed to be guard­ing the ri­ot­ing city of Copen­hagen. Sus­pi­ciously, the vic­tim, a sus­pected far- left ac­tivist, was killed in a ceme­tery on the edge of town while pa­trol­men stood me­tres away from the ex­act spot where the mur­der took place, ap­par­ently com­pletely obliv­i­ous. A cam­era hoisted on a ledge over­look­ing the scene might have the an­swers, ex­cept it’s now in the hands of a flee­ing rebel named Parvis. While Axel pur­sues the footage needed to bring down the cul­prit, news breaks that the po­lice were some­how in­volved in the mur­der. As Copen­hagen crum­bles un­der the mount­ing ten­sions be­tween ri­ot­ing ac­tivists and head­strong au­thor­i­ties, and the fight for free­dom rages on, it be­comes clear that there are peo­ple both in and out of the po­lice force who are re­luc­tant to see the mur­der of the un­known man re­solved, but why?

With po­lice tied to the mur­der of a po­ten­tially in­no­cent man, how can Axel en­cour­age civil­ians to help him solve what hap­pened to the vic­tim?

With his boss des­per­ate to see him thrown off the force, what can be done when vi­tal in­for­ma­tion is leaked into the wrong hands? Mean­while the hardy de­tec­tive is reel­ing from the dev­as­ta­tion at los­ing his wife and child to an­other man, as well as his on­go­ing heart con­di­tion. Some­thing has got to give but Axel can’t af­ford to let any­one down.

Un­rest is the first in a se­ries of Stein’s Nordic noir nov­els to be pub­lished in English and is in­cred­i­bly grip­ping. A for­mer crime re­porter for a Dan­ish news­pa­per, he is one of the top three best sell­ing au­thors in Den­mark, which is hardly sur­pris­ing given his fluid style and solid plot line.

Stein’s mys­te­ri­ous and melan­choly de­tec­tive has the po­ten­tial to be­come the next Alex Cross. This se­ries will be the be­gin­ning of an in­ter­est­ing new chap­ter in any Nordic noir fan’s li­brary, and for those who have never given the genre much thought, Un­rest might well just be the per­fect place to start.

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