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Jacobsen, Steffen - 'Trophy' (translated by Charlotte Barslund)
Paperback: 384 pages (Oct. 2014) Publisher: Quercus ISBN: 1782069364

Michael Sander is a private investigator who is approached with a very difficult case: he is asked to find out whether a video found in an industrialist's safe after his death is true. The video seems to show a young man driven to the edge of a cliff high in a snowy landscape and then shot. Elizabeth Caspersen's father was founder and head of an important company - an integral part of not only the Danish security services but essential to the world wide military services. She asks Michael to find out if her father was really involved in the dreadful deed and how and why it happened.

At the same time a former soldier is found hanged on the morning after his wedding day. Evidence at the scene does not fully support suicide but why would he want to kill himself and leave his wife and two children behind? Superintendent Lena Jensen is tasked with finding the truth about the death.

The two investigators both prefer to work alone, only trusting themselves and their own instincts but their cases get closer and closer together. They also find themselves being stalked by men who live for the thrill of the chase, and fear for their own lives as well as those nearest to them.

The author has a talent for drawing very believable characters which contributes to making this an exciting, very good read. The writing is full of description but this does not slow down the pace or get in the way of the story. The book is translated from the Danish and is set in Denmark and Sweden and the sense of distance and vast open spaces comes through very clearly in the story.

Thoroughly recommended.

Susan White, England
November 2014

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