HENRIK BRUN graduated from the Danish School of Media and Journalism before going on to obtain a Master’s in European Journalism in the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK. He has worked as a reporter and editor, and received the European Commission’s prize for journalism on human rights, democracy and development.
In 2001 he was nominated for the prestigious Cavling Prize.
Henrik Brun made his debut as an author in 2011 with a thriller about the controversial journalist Ketil Brandt.
Operation nyttige idioter
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Henrik Brun: Operation nyttige idioter
Highly topical thriller about fake news, refugee floods, internet
trolls and external threats to Europe.
When Malin Østerlund, well-known refugee activist and social commentator,
is found strangled in the shrubbery in Flensborg, the German police treat her
death as a robbery gone wrong. But PET, Denmark’s secret service, disagrees.
They fear that the murder was politically motivated, and can pose a
threat to Denmark. So they send Selma Brink to Flensborg.
Selma is a former well-known TV reporter, but has officially opted out of the
rat race, establishing an online magazine. In reality, she’s been recruited as
a police informer for the PET and, using her journalist hat as cover, must
obtain information that is crucial to Denmark’s security.
In Flensborg she infiltrates the town’s refugee milieu without actually finding
out anything more about Malin. But then she gets an enquiry that sends the
investigation in a different direction. Perhaps Malin’s death is just a piece in
a bigger and impenetrable political game, where friends are really foes and
the aim justifies any means.
OPERATION USEFUL IDIOTS is the first volume in a series about PET
informer Selma Brink.