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. In short order, they establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti, who's a bit too fond of drink and the host of raucous dinner parties with her artist friends. Esther also turns out to be a budding novelist--and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she's writing, the link between fiction and real life grows both more urgent and more dangerous.
But Esther's role in this twisted scenario is not quite as clear as it first seems. Is she 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.
No. of Pages, 356
The plot of this mystery is wonderfully engrossing and convoluted. What an imagination! Katrine introduces a fascinating cast of characters and keeps us guessing right up until the end. She paints each character fully and skillfully so they become very real. Her writing even in translation is sharp and lovely. Relationships are also portrayed with skill and often with wry humor, as in the case of the two lead detectives.