Format Hardcover
Publication Date 07/01/12
ISBN 9781605983509
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 352

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Only One Life

A Novel

Sara Blaedel

Jealousy, obsession, and family honor have fatal consequences for an immigrant community on the fringes of seemingly idyllic Copenhagen society.

It was clearly no ordinary drowning. Inspector Louise Rick is immediately called out to Holbraek Fjord when a young immigrant girl is found in the watery depths, a piece of concrete tied around her waist and two mysterious circular patches on the back of her neck. Her name was Samra, and Louise soon learns that her short life was a sad story. Her father had already been charged once with assaulting her and her mother, Sada, who makes it clear that her husband would indeed be capable of killing Samra if she brought dishonor to the family. But she maintains that Samra hadn't done anything dishonorable. Then why was she supposed to be sent back to Jordan? Samra’s best friend Dicte thinks it was an honor killing. A few days later Dicte is discovered, bludgeoned to death, and Samra's younger sister has gone missing. Navigating the complex web of family and community ties in Copenhagen’s tightly knit ethnic communities, Louise must find this remorseless predator, or predators, before it is too late.

Sara Blaedel is the author of the international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick and journalist Camilla Lind, including Call Me Princess and Only One Life.  Her books are published in seventeen countries.  She lives in Copenhagen, and was voted Denmark's most popular novelist for the third time in 2011.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Exciting and thrilling. Blaedel is at the top of her game and a star on the rise.” Camilla Läckberg, international bestselling author of The Preacher
“Sara Blaedel is a force to be reckoned with. She delivers an engaging story that any reader in the world can enjoy.” Karin Slaughter, author of Fallen