HELLE VINCENTZ holds an M.A. in journalism, specializing in international politics. She also holds an M.A. in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University in New York. Helle Vincentz’s first novel was nominated for Danske Bank’s Debutantspris (the largest debut novel award in Denmark) as well as the crime debut of the year in France. Her books have been published in Germany, France, and Holland, and critics have compared her to John le Carré.
Appr. 458 pages
English extract and synopsis
Louise Langhoff Koch
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HELLE VINCENTZ: STOLEN LIFE
Stolen Life is a thrilling page turner that provides a chillingly
realistic glimpse into our world’s booming fertility industry and leads
the reader into the very center of Danish politics. Inspirations for this
book are TV series such as “House of Cards” and “Borgen”.
Test tubes with fertilized eggs disappear from MoreLife Fertility Clinic
where Sofie Munk is working on a report for the Danish Ministry of
Health. Because of her previous experience in internal investigations,
the clinic’s owner asks her to find out what has happened to the eggs –
but discreetly of course.
Mik Karlsen is a spin doctor in the Danish Ministry of Justice. It’s his
dream job, and he enjoys being at the very top of the power hierarchy.
He is working to maneuver his minister in position to become chairman
of the party, when the police find what may be a bomb in the airport.
The suspicious suitcase turns out to contain the missing eggs from
MoreLife. At first this is unimportant to Mik, who suddenly is busy
investigating several anonymous threats aimed at the Minister of
Justice: Someone is warning him that some serious skeletons in the
minister’s closet might soon be revealed.
Without knowing it, Sofie and Mik are approaching the same case from
different angles. And soon the case escalates into murder and death
threats, and the story turns out to be connected to secrets all the way
from India but also to a well- buried history of the past, which powerful
forces will do everything to keep hidden.