The night ferry

Lotte Hammer

Book - 2018

Sixteen children and four adults are killed in a devastating boat crash in Copenhagen. Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen is called in, only to discover that this was no accident and that one of the passengers has a very personal connection to the homicide team. Reeling from this revelation and not knowing who to trust, Simonsen follows a trail that eventually leads him to Bosnia and a legacy of criminal misconduct. All evidence points towards one shady figure: a high-ranking army specialist with a suspicious past. But the more Simonsen digs, the further the truth slips from his grasp.

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Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing 2018.
Main Author
Lotte Hammer (author)
Other Authors
Søren Hammer (author), Charlotte Barslund (translator)
Item Description
First published in 2014 in denmark as Den Sindssyge Polak by Gyldendal.
Physical Description
342 pages ; 20 cm
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In the harrowing first chapter of the Hammers' tour de force fifth thriller featuring Det. Chief Supt. Konrad "Simon" Simonsen (after 2017's The Lake), an assassin leaps aboard a tourist boat on a Copenhagen canal that's filled mostly with children and fatally stabs the captain, the tour guide, and two other adults. A woman he spares jumps into the canal, where she drowns; the killer plunges into the water and swims to safety. The boat drifts into the harbor, where it's cut in half by a night ferry; most of the children perish under the ferry's propellers. Simon and his team soon learn that one stabbing victim is Pauline Berg, part of the Copenhagen homicide department's inner circle, whom everyone thought was on vacation but was in fact pursuing a two-year-old unsolved case with which she was obsessed. The ensuing investigation of the boat massacre leads Simon and his talented, ethical crew to an international conspiracy of silence involving the neglect of damaged veterans of the Bosnian War. This masterly indictment of bureaucratic ineptitude, mismanagement, and corruption is a must-read. Agent: Sofie Voller, Gyldendal (Denmark). (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A particularly horrific crime kicks off the fifth case for Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen and the Homicide Department of the Copenhagen PD.A shadowy man jumps from a canal bridge to a tour boat passing below, conceals himself until the time is right, then emerges from his hiding place, armed with a combat knife, and quickly kills the captain, the tour guide, and two passengers before the only other adult aboard leaps into the water even though she can't swim. Left alone on the boat with the 16 Asian children on the tour, he strips to his bathing suit and swims away. Nor is the carnage over, for the unpiloted boat, crossing the path of another vessel unable to avoid hitting it, is cut in half, drowning most of the children. The crime would be monstrous under any circumstances, but when Simonsen's wife and colleague, Nathalie von Rosen, aka the Countess, realizes that one of the dead is Sgt. Pauline Berg, it takes on a fiercely personal intensity. Was Pauline the killer's primary target? Why did he choose to attack her in such a public way? What to make of the old cases to which the outrage is clearly linked when there's every indication that telltale details of those cases were hedged, obscured, or concealed? In good time the homicide squad connects the attack to Bosnian War veteran Bjrn Lauritzen and versatile judge advocate/intelligence officer Irene Gallagher. But the resulting courtroom proceedings backfire spectacularly, with disastrous results for Simonsen (The Lake, 2017, etc.) and especially Deputy Homicide Chief Arne Pedersen, his right-hand man. A trip to Bosnia stirs up evidence of even more crimes; the corruption is so thick and pervasive, with so many heavy hitters arrayed against Homicide, that it's something of a miracle when the case is finally closed.Even the most ravenous appetites for more gruesome revelations about the Bosnian nightmare will be sated. Despite the weight of all this historical detail, the most powerful sequences are the very first and the very last, showing the slaughter on the canal and the final apprehension of the culprit. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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