riots and murder in this nordic noir novel
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.