Staff Review: Invisible Murder
5 stars for this Danish novel! When it comes to murder-mysteries I rank them according to how far into the book I read before I figure out who did it, and the freshness of the developing plot. This one kept me in the dark until the very end without losing me along the way. The Scandinavian mysteries are really a wonderful challenge for the reader because the European countries have border regulations far different from those of the US and the resulting ethnic mix combined with individual country traditions makes for intriguing reading.
This novel takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark and revolves around an ill-favored ethnic minority of gypsies also known as Roma. Immigrants both legal and illegal are very commonplace in this small country, with a small group of humanitarians attempting to care for the basic needs of all immigrants within their border. When a strange illness befalls a Roma family group and the aide workers helping them, national security becomes involved. A dead body in an underground storage tank, internet contacts to a weapons dealer from a local college student, a Muslim mosque under construction, young women forced into bondage all seem to point toward a common goal of terrorism. But you'll have to be extra good to figure out who that terrorist is!