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Published by Harlequin, 25
August 2016. ISBN
for Life is set in Sweden. It plots the work and life of Jana Berzelius, a
public prosecutor in her mid-thirties who, despite having a highly successful
professional career, cannot cope with normal contact with fellow human beings
in her private life.
The story begins when Jana is
asked to assist the police team investing the murder of Hans Juhlen, the head
of the local migration board. The case is unusual. Hans’s wife found him
shot dead in his house, but the only evidence, recovered from a windowsill, is
the handprint of a child. Later a small boy is found drowned. He is
lying next to the gun that killed Hans. Was it possible that a child of
around ten had shot Hans?
parallel with the description of the murder investigation, we are fed small,
and not so small pieces of information about human trafficking. Most of these
snippets describe the fate of a young girl and some of her contemporaries who
have, at sometime in the past, been brought ashore in Sweden. It makes
very grim reading - more akin to what might happen in the country of some
ruthless dictator, rather than in Scandinavia.
of the way the book is written it is difficult to describe the plot without
giving away some of its key features, but the characters and personal lives of
the police team are interesting, varied, and very well developed. As the book
proceeds we come to understand precisely why Jana routinely shies away from all
personal relationships - it is not a pleasant understanding. Whilst the writing
is easy to read, it is not in any way a comfortable read. Marked For Life is one of the darkest books I have ever come
across. It will appeal to lovers of Scandinavian noir.
Emelie Schepp was
born 5 September 1979. She is an international
bestselling Nordic crime author with a career in marketing, publicity and
project management. Marked for Life is
the first book in a chilling trilogy.
She lives with her husband and two children in Sweden.
Angela Crowtheris a retired
scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet, no crime
fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing group,
goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the operas of Verdi