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by Quercus, 13 November 2015. ISBN: 978-0-5738-771-4
Professor Kristian Storm was
fighting to get his controversial research results accepted. He’s proved that a
particular vaccine actually increases deaths from other diseases ... but then
he shreds his work and hangs himself. Everyone’s willing to accept his death as
suicide except former detective Soren Marhauge and Storm’s assistant Marie
substantial book gives you two separate crime stories in one: the search for
Storm’s killer and the inside workings and secrets of Marie’s family. The
third-person narration centres on Soren and Marie, and at times this can be
slightly confusing, as you go back in time to find out, for example, what Soren
was doing while you followed Marie. Both are absorbing characters, and by the
end of the novel you’ve come to know them really well. Soren has been persuaded
to take promotion, and is bitterly unhappy in his desk job, and worried about
his relationship with his tempestuous girlfriend. Marie is recovering from
breast-cancer, and is surrounded by a dysfunctional family, who have never
recovered from the childhood death of her twin brother. Soren and Marie each
have a young child, and these scenes were touchingly handled. The plot is
involved, with a number of surprising twists and turns, and the scientific
background of vaccine research in the developing world interesting and clearly
good cosy. This novel is the sequel to The
Dinosaur Feather, which is referred to during the book, so if you’re
looking for a new Danish author to try, you might like to start with that one.
Sissel-Jo Gazan is a biology graduate from the University of
Copenhagen. The Dinosaur Feather was her breakthrough novel, having sold in
sixteen countries and named the Danish Novel of the Decade. It is followed up
by The Arc of the Swallow, which won the Danish Readers Book Prize in 2014. She
lives in Berlin.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.