by Katrine Engberg, Denmark.
When a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face, Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case. They establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti, who’s a bit too fond of drink. But is Esther the culprit or just another victim, trapped in a twisted game of vengeance? Anette and Jeppe must dig more deeply into the two women’s pasts to discover the identity of the brutal puppet-master pulling the strings.
Paperback, 390pp. 2016/English 2020