Marked for Life (Original)

Emelie Schepp (Author)
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Description

When a high-ranking head of the migration board is found shot to death in his living room, there is no shortage of suspects, including his wife. But no one expects to find mysterious, child-size fingerprints in this childless home.

Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius steps in to lead the investigation. Young and brilliant but emotionally cold, Berzelius, like her famous prosecutor father, won't be swayed by the hysterical widow or intimidated by the threatening letters the victim had tried to hide. She is steely, aloof, impenetrable. That is, until the boy...

A few days later on a nearby deserted shoreline, the body of a derelict preteen is discovered, and with him, the murder weapon that killed the official. Berzelius finds herself drawn more deeply into the case when, as she attends the boy's autopsy, she recognizes something familiar on his small, scarred, drug-riddled body. Cut deep into his flesh are initials that scream child trafficking and trigger in her a flash of memory from her own dark childhood. Her connection to this boy has been carved with deliberation and malice that penetrate to her very core.

Now, to protect her own horrific but hidden past, she must find the real suspect behind these murders before the police do.

International bestselling author Emelie Schepp introduces us to the enigmatic, unforgettable Jana Berzelius in this first novel of a suspenseful, chilling trilogy.

Product Details

Price
$26.99
Publisher
Mira Books
Publish Date
June 14, 2016
Pages
384
Dimensions
5.9 X 1.3 X 9.3 inches | 1.25 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780778319566
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About the Author

Emelie Schepp was born in 1979 and grew up in Motala. She has worked for many years as a project manager in the advertising industry.The written word has always been close to her heart and in 1998 she won first prize in the Östergötland Theatre's drama prize Meetings. Since then she has written two feature screenplays and two crime novels set in Norrkoping. Marked for Life became her first book in 2013 that she first gave out self-published, and with over 40,000 copies sold Schepp ranked as Sweden's leading private publisher. Marked for Life is the first part in the series about prosecutors Jana Berzelius. The book became a sensation and today has sold close to 200,000 copies. Marked for Life became Sweden's sixth best-selling e-book in 2014 (Swedish bookstore), the year's best-selling audio book in 2015 (Swedish Bookstore) and was nominated for the Swedish Audiobook Prize. Sequel White tracks released in May 2015 and has long topped the sales charts. Even the White tracks have been nominated to the Great Audiobook Prize. The series of Jana Berzelius is sold to twenty-five countries around the world.

Reviews

Swedish author Schepp makes her U.S. debut with this stellar first in a crime trilogy.... Schepp couples an insightful look at the personal and professional lives of her characters with an unflinching multi-layered plot loaded with surprises."--Publishers WeeklyStarred Review

"Emelie Schepp's plot complexity is worthy of a Nesbø or Kepler." -DAST Magazine

"A page-turner you can't put down." -TV4

"Captures you from the first page and never lets go. Gradually, layer after layer of human evil is revealed. An impressive debut! " -Bestselling Nordic authors Cilla and Rolf Börjlind

"A fast-paced thriller with a good blend of police procedure, the draw of a ninja-strong female lead, and enough adrenaline to make a good night's sleep a near impossibility." -Booklist

"One of the best crime novels I have ever read!" -Anna Jansson, bestselling Nordic author of Killer's Island

"This debut novel captivates the reader from the first moment and is impossible to put down." -Detective Magazine

"Move Over, Jo Nesbo."--Fort Worth Star Telegram

"Intriguing...the challenging, multi-layered heroine makes it worth the read."
--Kirkus Review

"Another compelling entry into the ranks of Nordic crime fiction." -- New York Journal of Books