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Detectives Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner from the number-one international best seller The Tenant - which New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs heralded as a “stunning debut” - return in this compulsively listenable thriller as they race to solve a series of sordid murders linked to some of the most vulnerable patients in a Danish hospital. 

Hospitals are supposed to be places of healing. But in the coronary care unit at one of Copenhagen’s leading medical centers, a nurse fills a syringe with an overdose of heart medication and stealthily enters the room of an older male patient. 

Six days earlier, a paperboy on his route in central Copenhagen stumbles upon a macabre find: The naked body of a dead woman, lying in a fountain with arms marked with small incisions. Cause of death? Exsanguination - the draining of all the blood in her body. 

Clearly, this is no ordinary murder. Lead Investigator Jeppe Kørner, recovering from a painful divorce and in the throes of a new relationship, takes on the investigation. His partner, Anette Werner, now on maternity leave after an unexpected pregnancy, is restless at home with a demanding newborn and an equally demanding husband. While Jeppe pounds the streets looking for answers, Anette decides to do a little freelance sleuthing. But operating on her own exposes her to dangers she can’t even begin to fathom. 

As the investigation ventures into dark corners, it uncovers the ambition and greed that festers beneath the surface of caregiving institutions - all the more shocking for their depravity - and what Jeppe and Anette discover will turn their blood as cold as ice….

©2021 Katrine Engberg. Translation ©2021 Tara Chace. Originally published in Denmark in 2018 by People’s Press as Glasvinge. Published by agreement with Salomonsson Agency. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Love Katrine Engberg!

So good! Graeme Malcolm is perfect. I am going to go re- listen to The Tennant now.

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Lovely true crime thriller

Moves quite quickly, the narrator navigates the danish sensibilities deftly and the story featured a slew of likable characters

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A weak follow up to the tenant. Started off good but just lacked the overall good ending that can often accompany these thriller/detective novels. The “twist” or aha moment of why crimes were commented was only mentioned in passing at the very end and last few chapters felt forced. That being said- I love the detective team being established here and will absolutely continue to the next book.

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Intriguing plot

Enjoyed listening to this book very much. I enjoyed her other book, The Tenant, too.

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