Lead Review

  • Book: My Name is Jensen
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Author: Heidi Amsinck

Review Author: Tina Hartas

Location

Content

Skydlig. ‘Guilty’ in Danish. The word is written on a piece of card in the possession of a young, homeless man whose body has been found. The discovery is made by journalist Jensen and even this isn’t a trigger to get her writing juices flowing. Her reporting competency has dried up for the moment, since her return from London. She is reluctant to report on what, essentially, is a terrific scoop but is motivated more to try and find out about the whys and wherefores behind this tragic event

Henrik, her former lover, is on the scene and becomes involved in his investigative capacity; of course there is unfinished business between them. He made an inept ending to their affair a while ago, yet she still feels the tremble of connection virtually every time they meet, her knees start to go weak.

Could this murder be linked to another one in the city?

The story is told in a crystal clear and approachable writing style and is really well put together. It is richly told, enhanced by credible, flesh and blood characters, although perhaps the relationship between Jensen and Henrik needed a little more background to be truly credible. The author clearly concerns herself with wider issues of homelessness and social injustices, which add a thoughtful dimension to the storyline. The clean lines of the eye catching cover reflect the content very well.

A good addition to the genre of Scandinoir. It is the first in the series.

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