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“As one of the preeminent voices in contemporary Scandinavian crime fiction, ­Blaedel solidifies once more why her novels are as much finely drawn character studies as tightly plotted procedurals, always landing with a punch to the gut and the heart.“―Library Journal, starred review
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Daughter of the legendary Danish journalist Leif Blaedel and revered actress Annegrethe Nissen, Blaedel founded Denmark’s first crime publishing house in 1993 with SARA B. Subsequently her numerous talents extended to writing thrillers herself and being voted as the most popular author in Denmark four times as well as selling into 37 territories. Her debut Gront Stove (GREEN DUST) won the Danish Crime Academy’s Debutant Award and has gone on to become a bestselling series in Denmark and abroad.

With over 2.3 million copies of her books sold in Denmark (a population of 5.6 million), over 40% of the entire country has read Sara Blaedel which is why the press and her fans have dubbed her the Queen of Danish Crime Fiction.

Sara Blaedel has strong relationships with the National Police (the equivalent of the FBI in the United States), as well as The Homicide Squad, The Department of Forensic Medicine, and the Forensic Crime Lab in Denmark.


Grand Central Publishing – February 7, 2017

Following the #1 international bestsellers The Forgotten Girls and The Killing Forest, Inspector Louise Rick—head of the elite Special Search Agency in Denmark’s National Police Department—returns in Sara Blaedel’s newest crime thriller.

A housewife is the target of a shocking, methodical killing. Shot with a hunting rifle through her kitchen window, the woman is dead before she hits the ground. Though murdered in England, it turns out that the woman, Sofie Parker, is a Danish citizen—one who’s been missing for almost two decades—so Louise Rick is called on to the case. Then the police discover that the woman, Sophie, had been reported missing eighteen years ago by none other than Eik, Louise Rick’s police colleague and lover. Impulsive as ever, Eik rushes to England, and ends up in jail on suspicion of Sofie’s murder. Unsettled by the connection, and sick with worry for Eik, it falls to Louise to find the killer in what will become her most controversial case yet…


“Blaedel, Denmark’s most popular author, is known for her dark mysteries, and she examines the controversial social issue at the heart of this novel, but ends on a surprisingly light note. Another winner from Blaedel.”―Booklist

“As one of the preeminent voices in contemporary Scandinavian crime fiction, ­Blaedel solidifies once more why her novels are as much finely drawn character studies as tightly plotted procedurals, always landing with a punch to the gut and the heart.“―Library Journal, starred review

“Blaedel strikes a fine and delicate balance between the personal and the professional in The Lost Woman, as she has done with the other books in this wonderful series. The mysteries that she creates put one somewhat in the mind of the John Steed/Emma Peel era of “The Avengers” television series. Those who can’t get enough of finely tuned mysteries, particularly of the police procedural type, will find this book and this author particularly riveting.“―Book Reporter

“Long-held secrets and surprising connections rock Inspector Louise Rick’s world in Blaedel’s latest crime thriller. Confused and hurt, Louise persists in investigating a complex murder despite the mounting personal ramifications. The limits of loyalty and trust, and the complexities of grief, are central to this taut thriller’s resolution. A rich cast of supporting characters balances the bleakness of the crimes.“―RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

“Leads to…that gray territory where compassion can become a crime and kindness can lead to coldblooded murder.“―New York Times Book Review


“Deliciously dark…[A] great tale!“―Suspense Magazine



Grand Central Publishing – February 2, 2016

Sara Blaedel, author of the #1 international bestseller The Forgotten Girls—which was roundly praised as “gripping” with “uncompromising realism” (Washington Post) and “tautly suspenseful” (BookPage)—returns with the thrilling next book in her series featuring police investigator Louise Rick.

Following an extended leave, Louise Rick returns to work at the Special Search Agency, an elite unit of the National Police Department. She’s assigned a case involving a fifteen-year-old who vanished a week earlier. When Louise realizes that the missing teenager is the son of a butcher from Hvalsoe, she seizes the opportunity to combine the search for the teen with her personal investigation of her boyfriend’s long-ago death . . .

Louise’s investigation takes her on a journey back through time. She reconnects with figures from her past, including Kim, the principal investigator at the Holbaek Police Department, her former in-laws, fanatic ancient religion believers, and her longtime close friend, journalist Camilla Lind. As she moves through the small town’s cramped network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken and dangerous secrets.


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A Powell’s Picks of the Season 2016

“Another suspenseful, skillfully wrought entry from Denmark’s Queen of Crime.“―Booklist

“Engrossing…Blaedel nicely balances the twisted relationships of the cult members with the true friendships of Louise, Camilla, and their circle.“―Publishers Weekly

“Blaedel delivers another thrilling novel…Twists and turns will have readers on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens next.“―RT Book Reviews

“Danish author Sara Blaedel is one of the top names in Scandinavian crime fiction but, over here, she’s best known for the superb book The Forgotten GirlsThe Killing Forest is even better.“―The Globe and Mail

“This remarkable Danish crime fiction writer is back at it again with a new book in her addictive series, and with another story that will keep you up at night. Blaedel’s plotlines are creepy, complex, and wholly gripping. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better crime writer out there.“―Powell’s



Grand Central Publishing – February 3, 2015

In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick—the new commander of the Missing Persons Department—is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a “forgotten girl.” But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed—and hidden—in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.


2015 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Contemporary Mystery

“Tautly suspenseful and sociologically fascinating, The Forgotten Girls demonstrates yet again that the finest contemporary suspense fiction emanates from Europe’s snowbound North.“—BookPage

“For readers who gorge on captivating characters and chilling suspense, The Forgotten Girls is a tantalizing treat. Enjoy yourself, America.“—Sandra Brown

“Sara Blædel is a force to be reckoned with. Everyone keeps talking about the ‘trend’ in crime writers—Scandinavian, German, Russian. Blædel is no trend. She’s a remarkable crime writer who time and again delivers a solid, engaging story that any reader in the world can enjoy.“—Karin Slaughter

“One of the best I’ve come across.“—Michael Connelly

“Crackling with suspense, atmosphere, and drama, The Forgotten Girls is simply stellar crime fiction. I loved spending time with the tough, smart, and all-too-human heroine Louise Rick—and I can’t wait to see her again.“—Lisa Unger

“If you like crime fiction that is genuinely scary, then Sara Blædel should be the next writer you read.“—Mark Billingham

The Forgotten Girls is without doubt the best the author has delivered so far…strikingly well done….the chances are good that The Forgotten Girls will become your favorite crime novel for a long time to come.“—Børsen (Denmark)

The Forgotten Girls has it all. At its heart, it is a puzzling, intricate mystery whose solution packs a horrific double-punch…Once you start, you will have no choice but to finish it.“—BookReporter

“Sara Blædel is at the top of her game. Louise Rick is a character who will have readers coming back for more.“—Camilla Läckberg

“[The Forgotten Girls] is gripping when it depicts some horrific crimes…[An] uncompromising realism…distinguishes this novel at its best.“—Washington Post

“To my mind, some of the most politically acute Scandinavian crime novels are being written by women who are grappling with these generalized woes in more specific ways. In Sara Blædel’s novels, her truculent Danish homicide detective, Louise Rick (a housebroken Lisbeth Salander), responds to the influx of immigrants by taking up the cause of marginalized women, including Muslim girls menaced by the tradition of honor killings and Eastern European girls recruited for the sex trade.”—New York Times

“Tightly knit.“—Kirkus Reviews

“A sharp protagonist who wrestles with her own failings and fears, in a skillfully told story that is typically dark in the manner of Nordic crime fiction.“—Booklist

“Chilling…[a] swiftly moving plot and engaging core characters.“—Publishers Weekly

“Already an international best seller, this outing by Denmark’s “Queen of Crime” offers trademark Scandinavian crime fiction with a tough detective and a very grim mystery. Blædel is incredibly talented at keeping one reading even as one wants to look away from the graphic scenes. Recommend to fans of Camilla Läckberg and Liza Marklund.“—Library Journal

“Sara Blædel’s The Forgotten Girls is an emotionally complex police-procedural thriller set in Denmark. With a gripping premise, fast-paced narrative and well-developed characters, The Forgotten Girls is an incredible read.“—

“This is a standout book that will only solidify the author’s well-respected standing in crime fiction. Blædel drops clues that will leave readers guessing right up to the reveal. Each new lead opens an array of possibilities, and putting the book down became a feat this reviewer was unable to achieve. Based on the history of treating the disabled, the story is both horrifying and all-to-real. Even the villains have nuanced and sympathetic motives.“—RT Times – Top Pick

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